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Cancer Institute MD(Res)

The Cancer Institute's MD (Res) students train in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment which allows them to collaborate with clinicians, scientists performing basic research and bioinformaticians. World-class translational cancer research, in conjunction with our cancer clinical trials and hospital partners, provides exciting career opportunities for our graduates.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Part-time: 2 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
£22,180 (FT) £11,090 (PT)

Application dates

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. You should contact the Departmental Graduate Tutor before making an application. For more information see our How to apply page.
Fees note: All fees quoted are for new students only for 2016 entry. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase by approximately 3-5%.

Entry Requirements

MD(Res) students are required to have a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students are usually GMC-registered and employed within the NHS.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Research within the Cancer Institute is varied and entails various disiplines such as molecular and cellular biology, cancer genetics, immunology, genetic engineering, cancer therapeutics and bioinformatics. There are five research departments within the Cancer Institute:
  • Cancer Biology
  • Haematology
  • Oncology
  • Pathology
  • Clinical Trials Centre

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
  • 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.


CR-UK funded clinical fellowships and non-clinical PhD studentships available yearly, please check the institute’s website (www.ucl.ac.uk/cancer) for further details.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

SLMS Student Conference Fund

UK, EU, Overseas students

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding 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 degree

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


Skills students acquire 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.


Networking opportunities include weekly internal divisional seminars, weekly external speaker seminar and reception, Cancer Institute annual conference, student poster sessions, national/international research conference attendance, academic careers day and LinkedIn alumni network.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Cancer Institute offers a unique opportunity to work in a collaborative research environment that spans basic research, translational medicine and clinical applications with its associated clinical trials facilities, experimental cancer medicine centre, biobanking facilities and associated partner hospitals in London.

Student / staff ratios › 224 staff including 74 postdocs › 32 taught students › 89 research students

Department: Cancer Institute

Degree reviews

Staff review

"UCL is a research powerhouse with an international reputation for excellence. I joined UCL to create programmes linking education and research to train the next generation of cancer scientists. Supporting students on their academic journey of discovery and development, I enjoy watching them progress in their studies, grow in confidence and move into a wide range of subject-related careers. "

Dr Julie Olszewski

Cancer MSc, Cancer Institute MD(Res), Cancer Institute MPhil/PhD
UCL Cancer Institute

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application deadlines

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. You should contact the Departmental Graduate Tutor before making an application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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