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TMED-101 Research Proposal Examination (Cancer), 5 cr 
Code TMED-101  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Research Proposal Examination (Cancer)  Abbreviation RP Exam Cancer 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Translational Medicine 

Tiina Immonen 

Target group 

Students of the Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine, study track Cancer


2nd study year after submission of the thesis.

Learning outcomes 

The student will be able to address and integrate the wealth of data appearing in the current literature about particular aspects of translational cancer research. The student will also be able to critically analyse data in the field.

Completion methods 

Completion requires submission of a written research proposal on the given topic and an oral presentation and successful defence of the plan in front of an expert in the field and the programme director.

Writing and study of the literature 134 h
Oral defence 1 h

Total 135 h




The topic can be agreed after the acceptance of the Master’s thesis research plan. The examination is held after submission of the thesis.


The student proposes a research question in the field of translational cancer research and writes a research plan in the form of a grant proposal. The topic is agreed between the student and the programme director, and it should be different from that of the student's accepted Master's thesis plan. Apart from the written text, the student will give an oral presentation of his/her grant proposal to be evaluated and discussed by the programme director together with an invited expert in the actual field of the proposal.

Study materials and literature 

The study materials include relevant background literature in the field, e.g., original articles and reviews in top journals such as Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, J Clinical Investigation and JAMA, as well as other appropriate study materials and information sources to attain the goal and write the grant proposal.

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

The grant proposal should cover all necessary aspects for performing translational research on the topic, including a presentation of the field with objectives, background, methods, work plan, significance and budget, including a critical evaluation of the study with treatment opportunities and a future perspective.

To accomplish the proposal, the student will use all of the knowledge and skills acquired during his/her studies and critically analyse data by reading articles and timely reviews in the particular field, as well as make use of other available study materials and information sources. Drafting the proposal will stimulate self-learning and an independent and creative attitude to research and its goals and achievements.

Assessment practices and criteria 

There are no restrictions regarding the length of the proposal, but in order to be successful it should be well written and focused on the feasibility and novelty of the study with a presentation of the biological concepts, the clinical importance and treatment modalities as well as new vistas for translational applications now and in the future.

Written proposal 80%, oral defence 20%. Grading scale 0–5

Relations to other study units 

Replaces course 30289 Final Examination in Translational Medicine


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