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The MPhil course lasts for 12 months, during which time the student is expected to complete a research project and produce a written dissertation of up to 20,000 words. The student will then undergo an oral examination based on both their dissertation and a broader knowledge of their chosen area of research. Students are provided with information which clearly sets out what is expected of them during their period of research in order to obtain their degree.

Each student is assigned a principal supervisor who oversees their research project and an adviser who provides additional support. Our graduate student administrator acts as the first point of contact for any student with a query or difficulty that is not directly related to their scientific work. All student matters in the department are overseen by our director of graduate education and the wider engaging Cancer Biology Graduate Education Committee.

Most research training is provided within the structure of the student’s research group and informal opportunities to develop research skills are available through mentoring by other members of staff and fellow students. All students are encouraged to attend scientific meetings, seminars and graduate courses relevant to their area of interest. They are also expected to participate in journal clubs and lab meetings and to take advantage of the numerous and varied opportunities including transferable skills training offered by the University. 

The MPhil course is designed to produce graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills, who are exceptionally well equipped to go on to doctoral study, postgraduate research, or employment in industry and the public service.

The course aims to provide:

  • a period of sustained in-depth study of a specific topic;
  • an environment that encourages the student’s originality and creativity in their research;
  • skills to enable the student to critically examine the background literature relevant to their specific research area;
  • the opportunity to develop skills in making and testing hypotheses, in developing new theories, and in planning and conducting experiments;
  • the opportunity to expand the student’s knowledge of their research area, including its theoretical foundations and the specific techniques used to study it;
  • the opportunity to gain knowledge of the broader field of cancer research;
  • an environment in which to develop skills in written work, oral presentation and publishing the results of their research in high-profile scientific journals, through constructive feedback of written work and oral presentations.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of their MPhil course, students should:

  • have a thorough knowledge of the literature and a comprehensive understanding of scientific methods and techniques applicable to their own research;
  • be able to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • the ability to critically evaluate current research and research techniques and methodologies;
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems;
  • be able to act autonomously in the planning and implementation of research; and
  • have developed skills in oral presentation, scientific writing and publishing the results of their research.

Continuing

The MPhil in Medical Sciences (Oncology) degree is intended for students who wish to undertake a one-year postgraduate course; it is not intended to be a probationary year for a three-year PhD degree course.

MPhil students can undertake the PhD in Oncology (Basic Science) course via the following two routes:

(i) Complete the MPhil then continue to the three-year PhD course:

After completing their MPhil course, students may apply for a place on the PhD in Oncology (Basic Science) course as a continuing student. The MPhil will not be counted as part of the PhD and the student will undertake the full three-year PhD course.

 (ii) Transfer from the MPhil to the PhD course:

During their MPhil year, students may apply to transfer from the MPhil to the PhD course. Transfer must be approved before the MPhil is completed. The student will undergo a formal probationary PhD assessment (submission of a written report and an oral examination) towards the end of their MPhil year and if successful, will then be registered for the PhD. The MPhil year will count as the first year of the PhD and the student will undertake a further two years to complete the PhD.

Please note: continuation or transfer from the MPhil to the PhD course is not automatic; all applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis depending on evidence of the following: progress and research potential; a strong proposed research project; the availability of a suitable supervisor and resources; and acceptance by the head of department, higher degree committee and Board of Graduate studies.

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Key Information


12 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Oncology

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Dec. 6, 2017
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2018
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
March 1, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2019
Course Starts
April 10, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Michaelmas 2019

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
June 28, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2019
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2020
Course Starts
April 10, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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