PhD entry requirements
Applications for PhDs are invited from talented graduates or final year undergraduates.
Studentship funding is typically for a period of up to four years, and comes from the ICR and funding bodies such as The Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, industrial partners, and other charities.
You are welcome to apply wherever in the world you are currently based. We particularly welcome British applicants from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are underrepresented at PhD level, both within the ICR and nationwide.
You can apply for multiple recruitment rounds, and you can apply where you have been previously unsuccessful. Your application will not be disadvantaged in either case.
For full details of our academic and English language eligibility criteria, please read our PhD entry requirements.
PhD entry requirements
Fees and funding
The majority of our science PhD projects are fully funded studentships, which cover:
- Tuition fees
- Project running costs
- A tax-free stipend for living expenses
Students applying with their own funding in place will pay tuition fees and project running costs.
For more information please read our Tuition Fee guidance.
Tuition Fees guidance
Information for international/EU applicants
All ICR-funded studentships are open to candidates irrespective of nationality.
Occasionally there are nationality restrictions placed on studentships by Research Councils and alternative funding streams, but this will be clearly stated on the advert and ICR website.
The Institute of Cancer Research will pay tuition fees for most students that have been awarded fully-funded studentships.
The exception to this is:
These projects can only be offered to international or EU candidates where self-sourced funding is in place to cover international tuition fees.
Please see the UK Council for International Student affairs (UKCISA) website for clarification on what your fee status is.
EEA students will now need to apply for a visa to study in the UK. Students from the Republic of Ireland do not need to apply for a visa.
The Institute of Cancer Research has been granted a Student sponsor licence by the Home Office and can issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies to support Student route immigration applications. The Registry team is contactable at [email protected] and will support you through the visa process as far as possible.
Additionally the UKCISA website is a good source of information on Brexit and its impact on international students. For the avoidance of doubt, it is your responsibility to apply for a visa and to ensure that you have a correct visa before travelling to the UK.
More information on Visas and Immigration
The supervisors that are reading your applications are used to considering overseas candidates and different education systems. The Registry team can support supervisors using resources such as The National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (now Ecctis) to provide guidance on overseas qualifications and education systems.
You can also use the ‘Research Interests’ and ‘Additional Information’ parts of the application form to explain anything about your qualifications that may be unclear, or to highlight results that you think deserve notice. You will also have the opportunity to upload certificates and transcripts to help our supervisors and the Registry team clarify anything.
More information for International Students