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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

Modes and duration

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

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

UK/EU:
£4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
Overseas:
£22,180 (FT) £11,090 (PT)

Application dates

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. 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.

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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Overview

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

Funding

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.

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

Value:
(1)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:

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, Cambridge University (2014)
  • Regulatory Affairs Associate, Parexel (2014)
  • Senior Clinical Trials Associate, UCLH (2014)

Employability

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

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

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.

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. 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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