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Employability statement

All students at The Institute of Cancer Research are given access to professional careers consultants, who offer workshops on CV preparation, interview skills and employment search techniques. Individual appointments with a careers adviser are also available.

MSc in Oncology

Our MSc in Oncology is aimed at specialist postgraduate students in the fields of clinical and medical oncology. It equips students in the field of clinical oncology to sit the Part 1 and Part 2 examinations for Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR).

For medical oncologists, the course meets the identified need for a theoretical basis to their structured training. Educational supervisors in NHS Trusts are invited to an annual stakeholders’ meeting to contribute to course development. Revision sessions for the Royal College exams are also provided.

Developing skills

The ICR’s research students gain a variety of research-based experience, working within teams that include post-doctoral and senior scientists.

We have a broad range of transferable skills training and we provide all research students with 10 days of personal and professional development each year. This training is recorded online, via individual student personal development plans.

Our training policy is equality impact assessed. We provide workshops giving advice on topics such as statistics, science writing and project management.

We also promote ‘outreach’ activities to our students, such as the STEM ambassador programme and e-mentoring, to develop self-confidence and presentation skills, whilst offering a valuable service to the wider educational community.

Supporting career progression

A biennial research careers conference is provided for our 3rd and 4th year students and post-doctoral researchers, featuring speakers with a range of career backgrounds.

The ICR also has an active student body and post-doc association, both of whom arrange for additional external speakers throughout the year. We also offer a number of funded places for 3rd year students on the Nature Jobs Careers Expo.

Collaborating with industry

There is advice and support available for students considering a career in industry. The ICR has close links and collaborations with industry through our teams in the Drug Development Unit, and many of our Faculty have backgrounds in industry themselves. Individual research sections also invite speakers from industry to talk about possible career paths

The ICR funds a limited number of external enterprise-related training courses, and provides a workshop on identifying and managing research collaborations, with input from pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

PhD studentships

Applications for our main PhD studentships recruitment round are open. Apply by 14 November 2021.

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.