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Studying and Training

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.

  • 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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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.

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Teaching Week 2018

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

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Winner of Queen's Anniversary Prize

The ICR has been recognised with a highly prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its world-leading research in cancer drug discovery.

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.