Cancer Institute MD(Res)

Research areas:

  • Antibody-based therapeutics for imaging and treatment of cancer
  • Brain cancer and stem cells
  • Cellular and gene therapy for cancer and other blood-related disorders
  • Chromosomal DNA replication and cancer, drug-DNA interactions
  • Effects of tumour biology on therapeutic response, tumour immunology
  • Genetics of Sarcoma, Acute Leukaemia, Chronic
  • Leukaemia and Myoproliferative Diseases
  • Medical genomics, cancer systems science and biomedical informatics
  • Epigenetics and signalling networks
  • Radiation biology and therapy
  • Stratified/personalised cancer medicine
  • Therapeutic drug-DNA interactions
  • Translational projects, clinical trials and epidemiology
  • Viral oncology.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English level expected: Standard


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450


CR-UK funded clinical fellowships and non-clinical PhD studentships available yearly, please check the institute’s website ( for further details.

Scholarships available for this department

CR-UK funded 4-year PhD studentship

To train individuals in basic or translational research related to cancer.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Graduates go on to further medical training or clinical posts, take up PhD studies or academic posts at institutions including universities around the world. They have also found employment in laboratory management, research, industry, clinical trials co-ordination, scientific writing and editing, sales and consulting.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Harvard Medical School, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Research Data Manager in Cancer Clinical Trials, 2013
  • Life Technologies, France, Inside Sales, 2012
  • Imperial College London, Medical Student, 2011
  • Renal Transplant Ward, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Core Medical Trainee in Nephrology, 2013


Skills include critical evaluation of scientific literature, experimental planning and design, interpretation of data results, presentation/public speaking skills, time management, working within a team, working independently and writing for various audiences.


Site visits to clinical trials facilities (Sarah Cannon Research Institute UK), Advances in Oncology Seminars (Pfizer Oncology & Roche Products Limited), Cancer Research UK-sponsored events and student activities, institute alumni networks (LinkedIn) and annual reception.

Next steps


Dr Julie Olszewski

T: +44 (0)20 7679 6911


Cancer Institute

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Prospectus subject

Cancer Institute

Faculty overview

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Staff View

"In addition to UCL and UCL Hospitals, London in general has all you need in terms of basic science and resources as well as clinical oncologists that want to team up with basic scientists to develop potent translational programs in cancer, autoimmunity, genetic diseases and so on."

Dr Sergio Quezada

Group Leader

Student View

"By picking and choosing from courses offered through the Cancer Institute and the Graduate School I can piece together my own curriculum for acquiring the skills I really feel I need in order to support my research."

Anna Koeferle

Degree: MPhil/PhD