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Oncology MPhil/PhD

Research degree studies at the UCL Cancer Institute provide 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

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£4,915 (FT) £2,455 (PT)
£22,850 (FT) £11,420 (PT)

Application dates

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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: 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 disciplines such as molecular and cellular biology, cancer genetics, immunology, genetic engineering, cancer therapeutics and bioinformatics. There are five research departments within the Cancer Institute:
  • Antibody-based medicines
  • cancer drug development
  • drug-DNA interactions
  • Molecular Oncology
  • Tumour biology on therapeutic response

Research areas

  • Antibody Based Medicines
  • Cancer Drug Development
  • Drug-DNA Interactions
  • Molecular Oncology
  • Tumour Biology on Therapeutic Response
More information can be found on the department website: Oncology MPhil/PhD


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

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit 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.


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.

Department: Cancer Institute

Student / staff numbers › 133 staff including 96 postdocs › 29 taught students › 89 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Cancer Institute

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

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 check the institute's studentship opportunities pages or 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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