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PhDs for science graduates

Our competitive PhD programme is designed for the next generation of world-leading scientists who want a career in cancer research. Our PhD students benefit from an above average salary and exceptional research facilities.

Our aim is to attract the best minds in the world to join us in our mission - to make the discoveries to defeat cancer.

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We offer 20 fully funded PhD studentships each year. Our main round opens in October, but we also advertise projects throughout the year.

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Fees and funding

PhD Student Irene Matucci

We provide a generous stipend and cover tuition fees for the majority of our PhD projects.

Fees and funding

How to apply for your PhD


Find out about the steps in applying for a PhD, including references, interviews and what happens next.

How to apply

Life as a PhD student at the ICR

Hear from PhD students and clinical fellows about what it's really like studying at the ICR.

Our PhD community

Each year we offer around 20 fully funded PhD studentships. We welcome applications from talented undergraduates or graduates, from the UK or anywhere in the world. Find out more about how we welcome international students.

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. We particularly welcome British applicants from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are underrepresented at PhD level within the ICR and nationwide. 

An integral part of the team

Our PhD students are integral to our research. Like all our scientists, you'll benefit from what our dedicated research sites have to offer, including working in a unique multidisciplinary environment and collaborating with cancer researchers and clinicians from The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Register your interest

We advertise many PhD projects throughout the year, outside our main PhD recruitment round. Email [email protected] to register your interest for future PhD projects.

Course essentials

We offer a generous stipend and a supportive environment for our PhD students. Find out all the benefits of studying with us.

Course essentials

Exceptional facilities

As a PhD student at the ICR, you'll have access to top research facilities on our two London campuses.

Exceptional facilities

International students

We attract some of the best minds from across the globe. Find out how we can help you make London your new home.

International students