Cancer Research - Structured - Research

After an induction phase, the students will work on one research project throughout the two semesters, allowing them to acquire a broad range of research skills including use of state-of-the-art technology, experience in experimental design, data interpretation, and data presentation.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Graduates who have a Level 8, honours BSc degree (First Class or Second Class Honours, H1, H2.1, H2.2) in a relevant biological, biochemical or biomedical science field (e.g., pharmacology, biotechnology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics) will be eligible to apply for this programme. Medical graduates with honours grade will also be eligible to apply. If an applicant has a lower than honours grade BSc degree qualification (i.e., a Level 7 BSc), but at least three years' relevant work experience (e.g., molecular biology/cell biology/biochemistry laboratory technician, biotechnology industry research laboratory staff, etc.), a special case for admission will be considered. International students, whose first language is not English, will be required to prove their English competency through their school leaving or matriculation examination or by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English language test, as outlined in the NUI Galway entry requirement documentation.

Application dates

Applicants will submit an online application online via comprising of a CV (of maximum three pages) and personal statement (maximum one page) describing career plans and reasons for applying for this programme. Applicants will be shortlisted according to their third level degree, relevant experience and motivation. All shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview either in person or by telephone/Skype. Shortlisted applicants will be encouraged to attend the interview in person if possible and meet the course co-ordinator and take a site tour. Those who cannot attend will be interviewed by telephone/Skype. During the interview scientific knowledge and suitability of the applicants will be assessed. Places will be offered on the basis of the written applications as well as the interview.


1 year, (3 semesters).

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Career Opportunities
The MSc in Cancer Research provides the knowledge and skills to go on to study for a PhD and pursue an academic career, to take on specialist registrar training in medical and academic environments, or follow a career in the pharmacological and/ or biotechnology industries. Our graduates are sought after by academic research groups looking for PhD students, as well as pharmaceutical and biomedical companies. Most of our graduates secure jobs within six months of graduation.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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