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Translational Cancer Medicine MRes

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Translational Cancer Medicine enables you to gain detailed knowledge and understanding of research methods applied to rational drug design, clinical study design, molecular and cell biology, tumour immunology, genetics and cancer imaging. You'll gain practical experience  through two six-month laboratory rotations. 


Key benefits

  • A unique research course that includes the study of advanced imaging methods and tumour immunology.

  • The sponsoring laboratories and departments all have international standing and closely supervise research trainees throughout the study course.

  • This is a competitive course to support PhD applications and continued translational and medical training.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 10-14 FT

Course leaders

Dr James Arnold, Programme Lead

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences



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Course detail


The Translational Cancer Medicine MRes study pathway offers unique opportunities for you to join experienced research teams and work on particular projects from the outset. This course will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of research methods, and of how theoretical academic studies and skills relate to research projects.

You will explore Fundamentals of Translational Cancer Medicine, in both laboratory projects and lectures, providing you with advanced knowledge and skills to conceptualise, design, conduct and critically appraise specialist research.

Examples of research project titles could include:




Project title



Dr Mieke Van Hemelrijck

Serum biomarkers in relation to risk and progression of cancer – an analysis using the Swedish Apolipoprotein MORtality RISk study (AMORIS


Cancer functional genomics, computational biology

Dr Francesca Ciccarelli

Validation of actionable genes in colorectal cancer


Cancer Bioinformatics

Dr Anita Grigoriadis & Dr Cheryl Gillett

Characterisation of different immune cells in lymph nodes


Cancer Cell Biology

Dr James Arnold

Tumour associated macrophages in cancer progression 


Cancer Cell Biology

Dr Jeremy Carlton

Regulation of cell division and receptor degradation by the ESCRT-machinery 


Cancer Cell Biology

Dr Gilbert Fruhwirth

Multi-modal in vivo imaging for monitoring cancer treatment



Prof Vicky Goh &
Prof Gary Cook

Optimising multimodality treatment response assessment with imaging

Leuukemia Biology

Prof Eric So 

Studying of cancer cell heterogeneity in human AML 


Cancer Head/Neck

Prof Mahvash Tavassoli

Predictive Biomarkers of Treatment Resistance in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma


Molecular Pathology

Prof Sarah Pinder Molecular pathology of breast cancer precursors


Prof Farzin Farzaneh & Dr Kiki Ioannou

High throughput analysis of modulators of cellular immunity against  cancer associated antigens



Dr Alan Ramsay

Investigating the tumour microenvironment (TME) and immune suppression  in lymphoma



Prof Francesco Dazzi

Tumour associated stroma and therapeutic targets



Prof Ghulam Mufti

Truncal vs branch mutations in MDS/AML



Prof Ghulam Mufti

Immune response in aplastic anaemia


Tumour Immunology

Prof Joy Burchell

Changes in post-translational modifications (O-linked glycosylation)  of breast cancer: The effect on tumour behaviour and immune recognition


Tumour Immunology

Prof Tony Ng

Investigations of the impact of EGFR/HER3 treatments on the cancer: immune stromal microenvironment interface – via RNA-binding protein FUS


Clinical Tumour Immunology

Dr Debashis Sarker & 
Dr James Spicer

Factors affecting patient recruitment and experience in Phase 1 trials


Tumour Immunology

Dr John Maher

Genetic targeting of T-cells against cancer


Stem Cells and Bone Cancer

Prof Agamemnon Grigoriadis

Mechanisms of bone tumour growth and metastasis


Cancer Cell Biology

Dr Claire Wells

Exploring the fesability of using nucleolin as a drug target


Cancer Studies 

Dr Shahram Kordasti 

The role of CD95+ Tregs in controlling autoimmunity 


Cancer Immunology 

Dr Sophie Papa

Targeting SF-25 with CAR T-cells


Breast Cancer Imagaing 

Prof Arnie Purushotham

FORCE/Tissue Stresses of Cance


Further literature

Course format and assessment


We use lectures, seminars and group meetings to deliver most of the modules on the course. 

You will gain hands on research experience in two six-month lab projects. On average teaching consists of:

  • 40 hours of lectures
  • 1.5 – 3 hours per week of Lab/group meetings (depending on projects)
  • supervision/feedback during each lab roation

You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Typically, 1 credit equates to ten hours of work.

Throughout the year, you will also attend literature reviews and journal clubs that the labs/departments organise, as well as any other internal or external seminars deemed relevant to your projects/assignments.


The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of written essays, a thesis (research report), a presentation/Q&A session regarding the research report and a draft of a scientific paper.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.  However, they are subject to change. 

Extra information

Occupational health clearance will be required for some of the projects.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
Required Modules

You are required to take:

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/index.aspx

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements  

First class or high 2:1 BSc (honours) degree or overseas equivalent in biomolecular or physical sciences.

MBBS students can be admitted at any time following the third year of their programme. Post-year three: entry is based on year three performance plus evidence of knowledge of the basic elements of translational research topics. Advanced years (four to five): students must complete their current year of study. External students need to obtain permission from their own medical school and provide evidence of their exam performance in the pre-clinical examinations.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

Applications for 2017 entry are now closed.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Please detail your research experience and any previous laboratory experience. Include your reason for applying and career aims. Please specify two areas of interest from the list of projects in the description. MBBS students should provide a statement demonstrating knowledge of basic elements of translational research topics such as epidemiology, clinical biostatistics and clinical pharmacology (relating to drug discovery).  
Previous Academic Study  Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £12,300 (2019/2020)
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,500 (2019/2020)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies

  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions

  • Library fees and fines

  • Personal photocopies

  • Printing course handouts

  • Society membership fees

  • Stationery

  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

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Career prospects

Future PhD studies and Clinical and non-clinical academic careers in cancer medicine.


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