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Cancer Institute MPhil/PhD

Research degree studies at the UCL Cancer Institute provides students with a supportive yet intellectually rigorous environment to develop their research skills, subject knowledge and critical review abilities. Excellent facilities, supervision and training opportunities prepare students for careers in academia, industry, business, biomedicine and healthcare.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Application deadlines

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 contact the departmental graduate tutor before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

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 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: Standard

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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Overview

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, drug-DNA interactions
  • Effects of tumour biology on therapeutic response, tumour immunology
  • Epigenetic changes and cancer
  • Genetics of sarcoma, acute leukaemia, chronic leukaemia and myoproliferative diseases
  • Medical genomics, cancer systems, science and biomedical informatics
  • Signalling networks
  • Stratified/personalised cancer medicine
  • Therapeutic drug-DNA interactions
  • Translational projects, clinical trials and epidemiology
  • Viral oncology.

Funding

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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed 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.

CR-UK funded 4-year PhD studentship

Value:
UK/EU fees plus stipend (4 years)
Eligibility:
UK, EU students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

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 Researcher, Miltenyi Biotec (2012)
  • Research Data Manager in Cancer Clinical Trials, Imperial College Helthcare NHS Trust (2013)
  • Analyst, GfK Market Access (2013)
  • Account Executive, Health Interactions (2013)
  • Core Medical Trainee in Nephrology, Renal Transplant Ward, Royal Free Hampstead Hospital NHS (2013)

Employability

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

Networking

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

Why study this degree at UCL?

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

Student / staff ratios › 350 staff › 38 taught students › 76 research students

Department: Cancer Institute

Degree reviews

Student review

"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

Subject: Cancer Institute MPhil/PhD
Student review

"UCL is home to one of the leading Cancer Institutes in the country. My research interests are mainly focused around cancer and therefore UCL was the perfect place for me to continue my graduate studies. The close links UCL has with CRUK, my funding body, are also extremely important; it was very encouraging to know that UCL places such an emphasis on cancer research and is committed to being a leading institution in the field."

Lucie Van Emmenis

Subject: Cancer Institute PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

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 contact the departmental graduate tutor before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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