Haematology MPhil/PhD

London, Bloomsbury

When you study a haematology research degree at the UCL Cancer Institute, you join a supportive and intellectually rigorous environment to develop your research skills, subject knowledge, and critical review abilities. Our excellent facilities, supervision and training opportunities prepare you for careers in academia, industry, business, biomedicine, and healthcare.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£5,860
£2,930
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£32,100
£16,050
Duration
3 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September.
Applications accepted
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

Haematology is one of five research departments within the Cancer Institute. It covers areas such as leukaemia biology, stem cell transplantation, transplantation immunology, tumour Immunology, cellular and gene therapy, multiple myeloma, and tumour immunodynamics.

You will develop your research hypothesis with your supervisors, and undertake novel laboratory, bioinformatic or clinical research as part of their research team. You will be supported by a supervisory team including your principal supervisor, and a thesis committee which comprises a secondary supervisor and one to three committee members.

Knowledge and skills development is a core priority of our programme. As well as UCL's Doctoral Skills Programme, the Cancer Institute runs a compulsory first-year training programme that will improve your research skills and provide networking opportunities.

This Haematology PhD programme is based in London and is available on a full-time or part-time basis.

Who this course is for

We welcome students who want to join a world-class centre to do haematology research. Students come from all over the world and from a wide range of backgrounds, ranging from clinicians, scientists to anyone interested in haematology.

What this course will give you

  • A unique opportunity to work in a collaborative research environment that spans basic research, translational medicine, and clinical applications.
  • Close links with associated clinical trials facilities, experimental cancer medicine centre, biobanking facilities and associated partners and hospitals in London such as the Royal Free Hospital, UCLH, and Cancer Research UK and the Crick Institute.
  • Skills development, including 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.

The foundation of your career

Our excellent facilities, supervision and training opportunities prepare you for future careers in academia, industry, business, biomedicine, and healthcare.

Employability

Graduates go on to academic posts at institutions including universities around the world. Other career pathways include laboratory management, research, industry, clinical trials co-ordination, scientific writing and editing, sales and consulting.

Some go onto further medical training or clinical posts.

Networking

The programme is designed to give you networking opportunities throughout your period of study.

These include weekly internal divisional seminars, a weekly external speaker seminar and reception, and student poster sessions. You will also attend the annual Cancer Institute Conference, as well as national and international research conferences, and academic careers days. 

On graduating, you will be able to join the institute’s alumni network on LinkedIn.

Teaching and learning

All research students attend a training programme on lab skills from January to July of the the first year. This covers:

  • Human Tissue Act and the Biobank
  • Tissue Preparation and Staining
  • Basics of Proteomics
  • Principles of Good Clinical Lab Practice
  • Clinical Trial Design and Regulation
  • In vivo Study Design and Regulation
  • Preclinical Radiotherapy
  • Single Cell Analysis.

Research areas and structure

  • Acute myeloid Leukaemia and multiple myeloma
  • Cellular and gene therapy
  • Dendritic cell immunotherapy
  • Immune regulation and tumour immunotherapy
  • Molecular cytogenetics
  • Stem cell transplantation and cellular immunotherapy
  • Transplantation immunology
  • Translational immunotherapy

Research environment

UCL is a top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021). Our scientists have an international reputation for leading basic, translational, and clinical cancer research and the Cancer Institute is uniquely positioned to leverage the multidisciplinary nature of UCL by engaging a range of disciplines to transform cancer research.

You will join a community of over 300 research scientists and 120 research students within the Cancer Institute. Our combination of fundamental cancer research, clinical links with UCLH, and the Royal Free Hospitals, and collaborative links with the Crick Institute and Cancer Research UK, make the Cancer Institute an exciting environment for basic and translational research into cancer.

The Department of Haematology has a range of research groups, including:

  • Dendritic Cell Immunotherapy
  • Leukaemia Biology
  • Signal Transduction and Drug Resistance in Leuk...
  • Stem Cell Transplantation & Cellular Immunotherapy
  • Translational Immunotherapy
  • Transplantation Immunology
  • Tumour Immunology, Cellular and Gene Therapy
  • Biology of Adult Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and Oncolytic Virus Therapy
  • Immune Regulation and Tumour Immunotherapy Lab
  • Multiple Myeloma Lab
  • Tumour Immunodynamics Research Group.

We encourage you to become part of the community and to present and discuss your work at research team meetings, Institute Research in Progress talks, the annual Cancer Institute conference and Research Student poster day. You will also be encouraged to present at relevant international conferences and, where appropriate, to contribute towards scientific publications in your field.

The duration of a full-time research degree is usually three to four years. You register initially for the MPhil degree.

Within three months of joining the programme, you will be expected to agree the basic structure of your research project with your supervisor, along with the appropriate research methods and a realistic plan of your work. You will produce and submit a detailed outline of your proposed research to your supervisor and thesis committee for comments and feedback.

You will then undertake this project as part of your supervisor’s research team. Training workshops at the Cancer Institute will run from January to October.

In your second year, you continue to explore your research hypothesis and to collect and analyse novel data. You will also be expected to upgrade from MPhil to PhD.

To complete your upgrade, you submit a report summarising your research to date, and present and answer questions about this work at a viva voce examination. You also present your research to the department at a Research in Progress seminar.

In your third year, you complete your data collection and analysis, and prepare your thesis. You will also be encouraged to present your findings at an international conference or annual Cancer Institute conference.

Following the third year, you may be eligible for a year of 'completing research status' to complete your thesis and to take your viva examination.

The duration of a part-time research degree is usually five years. You register initially for the MPhil degree.

Within five months of joining the programme, you are expected to agree the basic structure of your research project with your supervisor, along with an appropriate research method and a realistic plan of your work. You will produce and submit a detailed outline of your proposed research to your supervisor and thesis committee for comments and feedback.

You will then undertake this project as part of your supervisor’s research team. Training workshops at the Cancer Institute will run from January to October.

In your second and third years (18-36 months), you will continue to explore your research hypothesis and collect and analyse novel data. You will also be expected to upgrade from an MPhil to a PhD.

To complete your upgrade, you submit a report summarising your research to date, and then present and answer questions about this work at a viva voce examination. You also present your research to the department at a Research in Progress seminar.

In your fourth and fifth years, you complete your data collection and analysis, and prepare your thesis. You will also be encouraged to present your findings at an international conference or annual Cancer Institute conference.

Following the fifth year, you may be eligible to transfer to 'completing research status' for two years to complete your thesis writing and to undertake your viva examination.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £5,860 £2,930
Tuition fees (2023/24) £32,100 £16,050

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Possible additional costs may include purchases such as books or additional expenses whilst attending conferences. Your research degree may also be subject to an Additional Fee Element (also known as bench fees), an additional cost related to consumables, equipment or materials based on your individual project. This is payable by yourself or your sponsor.

The Cancer Institute provides some competitive travel scholarships to support research students attending training workshops or international conferences.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

Annual CR-UK funded clinical fellowships and non-clinical PhD studentships are available. Please check the Cancer Institute website for details. Other funded studentships will also be advertised on the Institute's website as they become available.

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

Next steps

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 page or contact the Departmental Graduate Tutor before applying. See full details.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

Year of entry: 2022-2023

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