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Why study this programme?

If you wish to follow this route you must initially apply for MSc Cancer Biology and Therapy and successfully complete the first semester modules.

MRes Cancer Biology and Therapy at UCLan aims to provide students with an in depth theoretical and practical knowledge of the biological processes associated with cancer and the development of new therapies.  This course is taught by researchers who have published extensively in the field of cancer biology and who have close research links with Brain Tumour North West and Royal Preston Hospital. 

The course comprises of 3 months of taught lectures, tutorials and lab work followed by a 6 month, full-time, independent laboratory based research project under the supervision of active cancer researchers.  Research themes include: analysis of phytochemicals for cancer treatment; development and characterization of novel drug delivery systems; potential of aspirin analogues in the treatment of glioma; use of aptamers as diagnostic and therapeutic agents for brain tumours; and synthesis of bioactive molecules with anticancer properties. 

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Entry Requirements

If you wish to follow this route you must initially apply for MSc Cancer Biology and Therapy and successfully complete the first semester modules.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • BL4012   Introduction to Cancer and its Management
  • BL4013   Research Methods
  • BL4014   Research Proposal

Semesters 2 and 3

  • BL4016   MRes Research Project

Further Information


The course aims to extend your knowledge and understanding of the biology of cancer, advances in prognosis, diagnosis and treatment, and to give you an appreciation of pertinent legislative and ethical issues.

The school is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment based in our Biomedical Research Facility and the Biological Sciences Laboratories (Teaching), that will enhance your research experience.  A range of teaching and learning methods will be used including lectures, practical work, case studies and research proposals; with the extended research project aimed at developing students research skills including effective decision making; planning and executing experimental studies; and recording and interpreting data.

As well as core lectures, students are invited to attend the Postgraduate School Research Seminar Series and Research Theme days featuring both internal and visiting speakers.

Modules and module Leaders

BL4012   Introduction to Cancer and its Management  Dr Pete Abel
The module aims to develop the students’ understanding of the molecular and cellular processes underlying normal cell growth, and the how these may be disrupted, leading to oncological disease.

BL4013   Research Methods
This module will enable students to develop an appreciation and understanding of current analytical technologies used in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of neoplastic disease and cancer research. The module also aims to provide students with transferable career skills relevant to clinical sciences including the communication, planning and management of scientific ideas and data presentation.

BL4014   Research Proposal Dr Lisa Shaw
The aim of this module is to enable the students to design an independent research project to be undertaken within a defined time and with a controlled budget.

BL4016   MRes Research Project 
The module aims to further develop the student’s ability to formulate hypotheses and through the process of effective decision making, employ relevant experimental strategies. It will expand the student’s ability to critically evaluate experimental methods, analyse data and provide the means whereby students can present research data both orally and in the form of a written scientific report in the style of a scientific journal article.


How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.


Students will be given the opportunity to attend the annual Brain Tumour North West meeting, held in Preston in December each year.

Graduate careers

This postgraduate course will prepare you for further study to PhD level or a career in the biotechnology industries.

Progression routes

This course aims to create an ethos of continued learning and course graduates would be encouraged to continue their research studies to PhD level within the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences.