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Education policies and strategies

We have a number of policies and strategies in place at The Institute of Cancer Research to ensure we deliver a high quality education to all our students.

Our Learning and Teaching Strategy sets out our priorities and principles for educating and training the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians. This is supported by key policies and procedures related to quality assurance, which are available to download below.

Quality Assurance is the process by which the quality of postgraduate research and taught course provision at The Institute of Cancer Research is assured and enhanced.

The ICR's academic board reports to the executive strategy board upon all academic and teaching matters and questions of education policy. It ensures that The Institute of Cancer Research, as a college of the University of London, has a rigorous and responsive quality assurance framework in place, and develops and delivers the Learning and Teaching Strategy.

The quality of our taught course provisions and of our postgraduate research is underpinned by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) code of practice, which guides higher education institutions in monitoring and improving the quality of their provision and support for students.

Find out more about Quality Assurance.

Key policies and procedures

 For prospective students

  • ICR Admissions Policy and Procedure. Information on the admissions procedures for research degree programmes and taught postgraduate programmes. Download
  • Appeals and Complaints Procedure for Applicants: Annex to the Admissions Policy. Information on the grounds of appeal, and the stages of making an appeal or complaint. Download

 For all current students

  • ICR Academic Regulations. The general, academic, and examination regulations governing the ICR’s research degrees and taught courses provision. Download
  • Student Protection Plan. As a registered provider of higher education, we must publish a Student Protection Plan which sets out how continuation of study will be preserved for current and potential students. Download
  • Student Charter. Jointly agreed with the student body, this charter sets out mutual expectations - what you can expect of the ICR, and in turn, what the ICR expects of you. Download

  • Student Complaints Procedure. Information on the procedure for making a complaint and possible outcomes. Download
  • Academic Appeals Procedure. Information on the procedure for appealing academic decisions related to students' progression within an ICR degree programme. Download.
  • Review Procedure for Non-Academic Appeals. Information on the procedure for all registered students requesting reconsideration of a non-academic decision. Download
  • Student Disciplinary Procedure. Information on the procedure for dealing with allegations of misconduct by an ICR student. Download.
  • Student Transfer Arrangements. Information on the process for the transfer of registration between higher education courses. Download

 For research degree students - MPhil, PhD, MD(Res)

  • MPhil/PhD Code of Practice 2019/20. Information explaining the programme requirements as well as highlighting important procedures and regulations. Download
  • MD(Res) Code of Practice 2019/20. Information explaining the programme requirements as well as highlighting important procedures and regulations. Download
  • Research Degrees Student Handbook 2019/20. This handbook gives you an introduction to studying at the ICR and provides you with details of how to access services, resources and support as you need them throughout your period of study. Download

For taught postgraduate students - MSc in Oncology

  • MSc Student Handbook 2019/20. This handbook gives you an introduction to studying at the ICR and explains the requirements of the MSc programme, drawing your attention to important procedures and regulations. Download
  • Validation Procedure for Taught Postgraduate Programmes. Information on the procedure for approval of new programmes. Download
  • Annual Monitoring of MSc Courses Policy. Information on the purposes, principles, monitoring and reporting of MSc courses. Download
  • Periodic Review. Information on the guidelines for the periodic review of taught courses. Download
  • External Examiners for Taught Courses. Information on the policy and procedures for external examiners on the taught course programmes. Download
  • MSc Course Student Disciplinary Procedures. Information on the procedures for dealing with allegations of misconduct. Download

PhD studentships

Applications for our main PhD recruitment round have opened. We’re searching for the brightest minds in cancer research. The deadline for applications is 17 November.

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.