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Postgraduate life

We want our students to have a fulfilling and productive time at The Institute of Cancer Research, academically and in other aspects. In the 2019 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, the ICR ranked top nationally for overall student experience.

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We would like to warmly welcome you to the ICR!

Guidance for Students starting in Autumn 2020

Whilst it remains an uncertain time due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we've put together some Guidance for Incoming Students which we hope will assist in helping you prepare for your time at the ICR, and what the experience might look like.

Useful Links

We recommend you read through this information as you prepare to study with us:

Our sites and facilities

Student benefits

Information for international students


Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2019

The ICR has been ranked top for overall student experience in the UK Postgraduate Research Experience Survey.

In their responses, our students spoke positively about the ICR's open, supportive and collaborative research environment, as well as the opportunities it offers to develop skills and knowledge to build their research independence.  

Satisfaction rates were also particularly high for supervision, showing that our supervisors and their wider teams are fulfilling their crucial roles in supporting students.

The 2019 results build on consistently strong ratings – with the ICR having received an overall rating in the high eighties for percentage satisfaction in each survey going back to 2013 – but our current postgraduate research students gave the ICR its highest ever overall satisfaction rate of 92%. 

Contact us

If you have any further questions about studying at the ICR, please contact [email protected] We are always happy to help and will do our best to reply promptly to your email.

PhD studentships

Applications for our main PhD studentships recruitment round are now closed.

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.