Cancer Research - Structured - Research

This programme is undertaking a curriculum review and there may be changes to the course content. The most up-to-date information will be available on the course web-page.

Your Course
This is a Structured Research Master's course, meaning that approximately one-third of the course is taught material and two-thirds is laboratory research. The taught modules are taught by experts in each topic from different academic disciplines and structured in a way that ensures that our students receive comprehensive and overarching knowledge of cancer biology. The laboratory research will encompass two full semesters. After an induction phase, our students work on one research project from January to September. This research experience teaches a broad range of research skills, and state-of-the-art technologies in cancer research, and provides 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

Closing Date: Not Applicable.


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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