Studentship funding is typically for a period of 4 years. There are 2 exit points:
The majority of our students are registered at the ICR, which leads to an award of a PhD from the University of London.
If you are registered at another university (e.g. Imperial College London) you may receive an award from a different institution.
The majority of our students are taught at The Institute of Cancer Research, University of London.
If you are registered at another university, you may experience teaching elsewhere.
Initially, students are registered for an MPhil. After the first year , an upgrade report and oral examination takes place (known as a transfer viva). Successful students will then be transferred onto PhD registration.
During years 2 and 3, students' work continues to be reviewed to ensure good progress. See Academic Support for more information.
At the end of the PhD programme (4 years), students will be expected to submit their thesis (~100,000 words) and a final viva takes place.
Possible outcomes from the PhD viva include:
All supervisors receive formal training in research degree supervision and attend periodic update sessions. Every supervisory team must include an experienced member of Faculty or Honorary Faculty.
Studentships are awarded to supervisors based on a number of factors including previous performance and success rate.