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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 member institution 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 at the ICR

Key policies and procedures

 For prospective students

 For all current students

  • ICR Academic Regulations 2021-22. The general, academic, and examination regulations governing the ICR’s research degrees and taught courses provision. Download our Academic Regulations
  • 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 our Student Protection Plan
  • 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 our Student Charter

  • Academic Appeals Procedure. Information on the procedure for appealing academic decisions related to students' progression within an ICR degree programme. Download our Academic Appeals Procedure

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

  • Research Degrees Student Handbook 2021/22. 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 our Research Degrees Student Handbook

For taught postgraduate students - MSc in Oncology

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.