Brain Tumour Research - The Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC)

 
  

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Qualification
MRes/MSc (by research)/MPhil/PhD/DM
Duration
MRes/MSc (by research) 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time; MPhil 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time; PhD/DM 3-4 years full-time, 6-8 years part-time
Entry requirements
Candidates who wish to register for a PhD will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:1 (or international equivalent) classification; candidates who wish to register for a DM will require a registrable medical qualification. Evidence of research activity, including BMedSci or BSc degrees, will be an advantage; candidates who wish to register for an MRes, MSc (by research) or MPhil degree will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:2 (or international equivalent) classification
IELTS
6.5 (no lower than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
October, December, February, April, July 
Campus
Medical School
School/department
Other requirements

Research overview

Brain tumours are the leading cause of childhood cancer deaths in the UK. It is increasingly clear that improving in our ability to cure children with brain tumours and reduce the considerable morbidity they suffer will only come through a better understanding of the underlying biology of these varied and presently difficult to treat tumours.

The development of the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre set out to meet this challenge and now links over 60 researchers from eight departments across the University and Nottingham University Hospital Departments conducting clinical and scientific research directed at increasing our beginning to use this knowledge to optimize the health outcomes for the child and family.

In a forward-looking multidisciplinary research programme linking basic science to patient-centred care we are currently testing hypotheses concerned with neurodevelopment, tumour biology, health services research linked to processes of referral at diagnosis, application of novel imaging and genetic techniques aimed at comprehensive assessment of tumour biology, optimisation of drug selection and CNS targeting, clinical trials of novel therapies, classification of specific brain injury syndromes and techniques for their limitation as well as the development and application of methods for measuring health outcomes during and after treatment as experienced by children and young people.

In May 2005, the University appointed Professor Grundy as Professor of Paediatric Neuro-Oncology, the first such chair in Europe, bringing a substantial cancer genetic translational research programme linking basic science to patient care.

 

Facilities

School Facilities

The School of Medicine has world-class laboratory facilities, incorporating the latest technologies and specialist services.

Read about our laboratory facilities and clinical services.

 

 

Research support

Graduate School Training

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre provides a formal training course which covers a variety of transferable skills targeted specifically at students studying within the faculty. The course is credit weighted with particular parts of the course being compulsory/obligatory.

In addition The Graduate School has a dedicated training team who provide a comprehensive generic research training programme comprising over 80 different courses.  This central programme exists to complement the more discipline-specific research training mentioned above.

Pastoral care

A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond.

The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) is a particularly important source of support.

 

 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Use our search to find a supervisor whose expertise matches your own research interests.
 

Funding

Home/EU students

The University is very successful in attracting sponsorship for research students, particularly from the Research Councils through competitions and annual allocations and with the European Commission’s Marie Curie programme. Please refer to the Graduate School for more information. Studentship opportunities are also available. 

 

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 95% of postgraduates in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £27,498 with the highest being £75,000.*


*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Career prospects and employability

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia. 

 
 

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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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