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PhDs for science graduates

At The Institute of Cancer Research we offer a selection of fully funded, challenging and exciting PhD projects each year.

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Studentship funding is typically for a period of up to four years and comes from the ICR and funding bodies such as Cancer Research UK, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Our PhD students are an integral part of the research team. We don't just train students to carry out cutting-edge cancer research; we enable and guide them as they make their own discoveries and help to defeat cancer.

Like all of our scientists, PhD students at the ICR benefit from all that our dedicated research sites at Chelsea and Sutton in London have to offer – working in a unique multidisciplinary environment alongside world leaders in cancer research and clinicians from The Royal Marsden, with access to state-of-the-art facilities and the support of expert technical staff.

Our PhD Studentships train students to carry out cutting-edge cancer research in one of the eight research divisions at the ICR.

Initially, students are registered for an MPhil and after the first year has been completed, an upgrade report and oral examination takes place. Successful students will then be transferred onto PhD registration.

Please see the MPhil/PhD Codes of Practice for more information on how your progress will be assessed.

Availability and application

The next main PhD studentship recruitment round will open on 23 October 2017 for studentships to start in 2018. Any additional studentships will be advertised here as and when they become available.  

To register your interest for any future PhD studentship opportunities please email the Registry.

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