Main Menu

Location and resources

At the Institute of Cancer Research, London, we provide world-class expertise and support to our PhD students, with the hope of advancing cancer research and clinical practice within our organisation and across the globe.

Students in the library

Our sites

The ICR has two dedicated research sites - in Chelsea and Sutton. Our PhD students work 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.


Our e-learning resources enable PhD students to develop the background knowledge and skills that are necessary to excel in cancer research. You can structure your e-learning around your research experiments at a time and location convenient to you.

Highlights include:

  • Perspectives in Oncology - designed to create a common grounding in basic cancer knowledge, including modules in cancer epidemiology, cancer genetics, cell biology, bioinformatics, medical physics, structural biology, cancer treatment and drug development.
  •  The Skills website (formerly known as Lab Book) - helps PhD students to develop transferable skills, such as time management, scientific writing and presenting their work.
  • 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 your academic work while you study with us. You will have access to all of our electronic resources, databases and e-books.

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.

There are dedicated PhD study rooms, with PCs and printing facilities available, as well as plug sockets, network ports and wireless access for laptop use.

To find out more about our libraries, see our library and information services webpage.

Training courses

The ICR’s Learning and Development Team run a variety of courses throughout the year. Workshops cover a range of topics including statistics, scientific writing, obtaining research funding and project management. This training is recorded online, via individual student personal development plans.

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

Career support

You will have access to professional careers consultants from the University of London careers service, who offer on-site workshops and webinars on CV preparation, interview skills, and employment search techniques, including the use of LinkedIn.

We run careers sessions to help PhD students who wish to navigate an academic career path. Popular sessions include obtaining fellowship funding, preparing for academic interviews, and writing research for publication.

We also arrange careers events, such as the annual student conference and the biennial researcher careers conference. These conferences give PhD students the opportunity to meet with a wide range of science career professionals, both inside and outside of academia.

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.