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Location and resources

By providing world-class expertise and support to our MSc in Oncology students at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, we hope to advance cancer research and clinical practice within our organisation and across the globe.

How to apply

Teaching venues

The majority of teaching for the MSc in Oncology takes place off-site in a conference facility, CCT Venues Smithfield.

For maps and travel directions, click the location links provided for Parts A, B, and C above.

From September 2024, most teaching will instead take place at the ICR's purpose-built teaching facility at 123 Old Brompton Road.


The ICR's virtual learning environment and e-learning resources allow students and healthcare professionals to fit formal education around their experiments and clinical commitments. You can structure your e-learning at a time and location convenient to you.

Highlights for MSc students include:

  • The Canvas virtual learning environment - which contains all information relating to your course and provides online access to course materials and lecture notes.
  • Perspectives in Oncology - designed to give students a common grounding in many different aspects of cancer science. This may be of particular help during revision for the FRCR examinations.
  • The Skills website – this blog-based website information will be particularly useful for MSc students on Part C. It covers topics such as critical reading, organisation and time management, literature searches, presentations and scientific writing.
  • Nature Masterclasses - an online course in scientific writing and publishing. Many of the sections covered on the site will help with writing a thesis, particularly Elements of Writing Style.

To find out more about our e-learning resources, see our E-learning webpage.


The ICR’s library and information service are available to support you while you study with us.

You will have access to a small number of core texts in the 'MSc Library' located in the teaching room at CCT Venues Smithfield. A number of core MSc e-books are also held electronically – a full list, and how to access them, will be found on Canvas.

There are libraries in both Chelsea and Sutton. There is 24-hour access for registered users. The physical environment at both sites provides a pleasant working space, with the opportunity for students to browse the collections and study in a quiet area.

Plugs and network ports are provided for laptop use, and wireless access is available. As a student of the ICR, you will also have access to all of our electronic resources, databases and e-books.

To find out more about our libraries, see our Library and Information Services webpage.

Training courses

The ICR’s Learning and Development team offers a number of training courses that may provide valuable skills to MSc in Oncology students, including statistical support, researcher development and personal development. As students of the ICR you are entitled to attend these courses.

To find out more about our training courses, see our Training and Development webpage.

Career support

Free careers advice, guidance and information is offered to all current ICR students by The Careers Group, which is the University of London’s higher education careers service. ICR students are also permitted to continue to receive advice for up to one year after they finish their studies.

The Careers Group provide a range of services to students and also offer a special email advice service for ICR students, as well as Skype consultations with advisors.

To find out more about our careers’ sessions and events, see our Career Support webpage.

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.