he PhD Scholars Programme in Cancer Biology is a structured, 4-year programme, with the first year consisting of laboratory rotations and coursework.  The curriculum of the Programme is designed to challenge students in their pursuit of knowledge, by educating each Scholar in a broad range of topics relevant to cancer biology, from fundamental biological principles to current clinical applications.  Through completion of the Year 1 coursework, we aim for each Scholar to develop a strong appreciation experimental design, scientific enquiry, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, prior to beginning their PhD thesis work.  In Years 2 – 4, the focus shifts to dissertation research, and the award of the PhD is based solely on the PhD thesis and examination.

A summary of Years 1 – 4 of the Programme is listed below.  Please click on each module for a complete description. 

Year 1 of PhD Scholars Programme in Cancer Biology

 

 

·   Students are required to complete all of the modules listed to the right: 

                                                 

Notes regarding CB modules:

 

CB7001, CB7002 and CB7003 are twelve-week laboratory rotation projects.

CB7004, CB7005 and CB7006 are programme-specific modules focusing on advanced topics relevant to cancer biology.

 

CB7001 Cancer Biology Advanced Laboratory Skills I

CB7002Cancer Biology Advanced Laboratory Skills II

 

 

CB7003 Cancer Biology Advanced Laboratory Skills III

 

 

CB7004 Cell and Molecular Biology

CB7005 Human Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering Techniques

CB7006 Cancer: Biological and Clinical Perspectives

·   In addition to the modules above, students must complete two post-graduate modules from a selection available.

PG modules that can be taken include the following:

 

 

 

PG6001 STEPS – Scientific Training for Enhanced Postgraduate Studies

PG6003 Teaching and Learning Module for Graduate Studies

PG6005 Biotechniques

PG6006 Commercialisation Skills for Research

PG6009 Graduate Information Literacy Skills

PG6014 Scientific Outreach and Communication

PG7014 Creativity and Innovation for Research Students

PG7017 Project Management for Research Students

·   In the final two months of Year 1, each PhD Scholar will complete 1) a written research proposal based on the prospective thesis project and 2) an oral exam in which the student defends the proposal to at least two members of the Programme Steering Committee.  PhD Scholars are encouraged throughout Year 1 of the programme to explore possible thesis topics with Programme Investigators. 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2 of PhD Scholars Programme in Cancer Biology

 

 

·   Students to complete one module:  CB7007 Current Topics in Cancer Biology I

·   Dissertation research

 

 

 

Year 3 of PhD Scholars Programme in Cancer Biology

 

 

·   Students to complete one module:  CB7008 Current Topics in Cancer Biology II

·   Dissertation research

 

 

 

Year 4 of PhD Scholars Programme in Cancer Biology

 

 

·   Dissertation research

·   Writing of thesis and submission

·   Viva voce examination of thesis

 

 

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