Welcome to UCL Cancer Institute 

The UCL Cancer Institute is the hub for cancer research at University College London, one of the World's leading universities. The Institute draws together over 300 talented scientists who are working together to translate research discoveries into developing kinder, more effective therapies for cancer patients. If you are thinking about studying with us, applications to our flagship MSc Cancer postgraduate programme and our new undergraduate degree BSc Cancer Biomedicine, are now open to application for September 2018 start. 

News and features

Immunotherapy discovery a step towards treating T cell cancers

Researchers have discovered a new way of potentially treating mature T cell cancers using immunotherapy. The study, published in Nature Medicine, demonstrates how chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells can be used to selectively target cancerous T cells.

Published: Dec 22, 2017 12:12:43 PM

New ovarian cancer drug based on UCL research

A new drug to delay the spread of ovarian cancer, which was developed from UCL research, has been licensed for use in the UK. Professor Jonathan Ledermann, who led the research, said the drug was a “critical milestone” in managing the disease if the cancer recurs after chemotherapy.

Published: Dec 20, 2017 12:33:49 PM

Tumour Heterogeneity Team wins Cancer Research UK Translational Cancer Research Prize 2017

The Tumour Heterogeneity Team, led by Professor Charles Swanton, has been awarded the Cancer Research UK Translational Research Prize at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) conference 2017. This prize recognises the cutting edge breakthroughs of an outstanding research team that has united in the quest to ensure scientific discoveries benefit patients and the public.

Published: Dec 11, 2017 4:26:10 PM

Osimertinib shows promise as new standard-of-care treatment for advanced lung cancer

Positive results from the phase-three FLAURA clinical trial show significant improvement in progression free survival in patients with EGFR-mutated advanced non-small cell lung cancer treated with a drug called Osimertinib, compared to patients treated with standard-of-care drugs. The trial data, published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), demonstrate the potential of Osimertinib to change current clinical practice and improve patient outcomes.

Published: Dec 11, 2017 4:26:10 PM

Experimental model to study the development of brain cancer in children

Researchers from UCL, the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and McGill University, Montreal have published details of a novel laboratory model that replicates the hallmarks of paediatric brain cancer. The research results, published in Cancer Cell, could pave the way for a better understanding of processes driving the development of cancer.

Published: Oct 31, 2017 11:09:38 AM

Cancer Research UK-UCL Centre

Cancer Research UK-UCL Centre

The Cancer Research UK-UCL Centre is a network and partnership between Cancer Research UK, UCL and UCL's associated Hospital Trusts. The Centre's mission is to facilitate collaboration to advance world-class translational cancer research.

Study with us

Study with us

Our education programmes reflect the depth and breadth of research expertise within the UCL Cancer Institute. Join our community of research scientists and academic clinicians through our postgraduate taught MSc Cancer or PhD studies.

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

The Cancer Research UK and UCL Cancer Trials Centre is one of the largest cancer trials centres in the UK. The CTC conducts multi-centre national and international phase III trials, feasibility studies and early phase I and II studies.

Our Research

Our Research

UCL is a world leader in interdisciplinary research. The UCL Cancer Institute is uniquely placed to leverage this multidisciplinary approach to advance discoveries in basic, translational and clinical cancer research.


1st London Stem Cell Symposium

Join the stem Cell communities and networks The Crick, Imperial College London, KCL, UCL and Queen Mary London University to explore the wide breadth of stem cell research in London.

Starts: Feb 26, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Brain Tumour Conference 2018

Cancer Research UK’s inaugural Brain Tumour Conference will bring together cancer research experts to discuss and debate some of the most important issues and discoveries in the field. 

Starts: May 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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Action for equality and diversity 

Athena SWAN Silver Award

UCL Cancer Institute is proud to hold an Athena SWAN silver award in recognition of our commitment to advancing equality and diversity.

Learn more about Athena SWAN initiatives >

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