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The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is the UK’s leading academic research centre and a postgraduate college of the University of London. We are committed to educating and training the next generation of researchers and clinicians.

  • PhD studentship project applications now open

    Applications for our main round of PhD recruitment are open. The deadline to apply is Sunday 17 November.

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  • PhDs for science graduates

    Training students to carry out cutting-edge cancer research in one of the eight research divisions at the ICR.

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  • MSc in Oncology

    Teaching medically qualified candidates about the latest developments in cancer research and clinical practice.

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  • PhD and MD(Res) for clinicians

    Developing future leaders in clinical cancer research and supporting the translational work of the ICR and partners.

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  • NIHR academic training

    Supporting NHS doctors to develop careers as clinical academic and researcher leader within their field.

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  • Radiotherapy and imaging training courses

    Run by the ICR’s Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging, for internal and external audiences.

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  • Undergraduate scholarship scheme

    Exceptional UK undergraduate students have the opportunity to work with ICR’s researchers over the summer.

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Teaching Week 2019

Throughout the first week of July, we highlight our academic excellence through a series of communication activities, including news items, blog posts, and videos.

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Our academic excellence

The ICR’s academic success has been recognised by coming first in a league table compiled from the Research Excellence Framework, and through the award of institution-specific funding for teaching by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

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Learning and teaching strategy

Our learning and teaching strategy 2016-21 sets out our priorities and principles for education and training at the ICR. It guides us as we continue to play a vital role in securing the capacity and quality of the future global cancer research community.

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Meet our students

Our students enjoy working in a high-tech and collaborative environment, in which their research can be translated into direct benefits for patients.

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Postgraduate life at the ICR

Find out everything you need to know about applying to study at the ICR, living and working in London, and our student facilities and representation.

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Our alumni

Our former students work all over the world, in leading scientific and clinical jobs, and in a variety of other roles.

Meet some of our alumni here

ICR recognises next generation of cancer researchers

The ICR Studentship Awards support a selection of talented PhD students and help to ensure that we continue to give the world the best in science, scientists and cancer treatments.

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VIDEO: The diverse curriculum of the ICR's Oncology MSc course

Clinical Oncology Registrar, Dr Sooha Kim talks about the exciting and dynamic Oncology MSc course and how she would recommend studying at ICR because of its great reputation.

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VIDEO: The ICR's MSc in Oncology: "The basic science informs what I practice at work every day"

Oncology registrar, Leroy, is in the second year of his Oncology MSc at the ICR. Here he describes how the basic science informs what he practices at work every day.

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VIDEO: What does PhD student Haider Tari like about studying at the ICR?

Haider Tari is a PhD student who uses mathematical modelling to understand cancer cell interactions. In this short video, he talks about why he has enjoyed studying at the ICR.

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VIDEO: PhD student Anabel Zelceski on studying at the ICR

PhD student Anabel Zelceski shares her thoughts about studying at the ICR.

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PhD studentships

Applications for our main PhD recruitment round have opened. We’re searching for the brightest minds in cancer research. The deadline for applications is 17 November.

ICR values

Our values – developed together as an organisation – make it clear how each and every one of us work to meet our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.