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PhDs for science graduates

Our highly competitive and prestigious PhD studentships enable science graduates to carry out cutting-edge cancer research alongside world leading scientists.


What it's like to study at the ICR

In this video PhD students and clinical research fellows talk about their experiences of studying at the Institute of Cancer Research. The ICR has two sites – one in Sutton and one in Chelsea. This video footage mostly shows our Sutton site.

Each year at the ICR we offer around 20 fully funded PhD studentships

We are committed to attracting and developing the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer. 

Applications for PhDs are invited from talented graduates or final year undergraduates. We look forward to receiving applications from all candidates, wherever in the world they are currently based. We will select those who display the potential to become the world leading cancer researchers of the future based on their application and performance at interview. However, we particularly welcome British applicants from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are underrepresented at PhD level within the ICR and nationwide

Studentship funding is typically for a period of up to four years, and comes from the ICR and funding bodies such as Cancer Research UK, industrial partners, and other charities.

Our PhD students are an integral part of the research team. Like all of our scientists, PhD students at the ICR benefit from all that our dedicated research sites at Chelsea and Sutton in London have to offer – working in a unique multidisciplinary environment alongside world leaders in cancer research and clinicians from The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, and with access to state-of-the-art facilities and the support of expert technical staff.

How to apply

Course essentials

There may also be further individual studentships advertised throughout the year, outside of the ICR's main recruitment round. These studentships have a separate application process. Please check back regularly to see these as they are advertised.  

To register your interest for future PhD studentship opportunities, please email (Working hours Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00).