Learning and assessment
The programme uses a wide range of assessment types, including:
- Written exams
- Extended essays
- Poster and seminar presentations
- Laboratory write-ups
The assessments work together to provide the real skills needed for research-active scientists. For example, in Semester 2, you will be tasked with writing a communication journal manuscript based on your initial results and to submit a scientific abstract for a poster.
In Semester 3, you will prepare and present your poster at the Faculty-wide Research Open Day, to which all the University’s internal and external stakeholders are invited. You will join other students in the cohort, to form an editorial board, set criteria and then peer-review the manuscripts prepared in Semester 2.
Employability, and the skills that enhance it, are a strong feature running through the curriculum design. For example, in Semester 2 you will attend a workshop about writing your CV. In Semester 3, you will participate in a mock job/PhD interview by an invited external employer/academic.
All students on the MRes programme are assigned a Personal Academic Tutor whom they regularly meet during their time here. Embedded within the programme are a number of activities to enhance your academic skills, and additional support is also provided through the Academic Skills Advice unit.
University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.
The Institute of Cancer Therapeutics is based in the science quarter at the heart of the University campus and is part of the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences.
Our research encompasses the development of new cancer medicines from concept to clinic. The emphasis of our work is on drug target and biomarker interrogation in clinical samples and development of relevant in vitro and in vivo models for lead compound selection and progression. Research covers the three broad stages of cancer medicine and biomarker development: discovery, pre-clinical evaluation and clinical application.
Our taught and research-based postgraduate programmes benefit from an excellent research environment within an institute large enough to provide world-leading expertise across a broad range of relevant subject areas, together with a vibrant and supportive student community.