Information About Graduate Research Degrees
Graduate Courses in Oncology
The Department of Oncology offers PhD and MPhil post graduate degree courses. Most of our courses start in October, but it is possible to start in January or April.
For information about being a student within the Department and descriptions of the programmes we offer, please click on the following headings:
- Information about being a student within the Department of Oncology
- Masters Programme
- PhD Programme
- Part-time study
Our graduate student programmes are determined by the University of Cambridge, the Graduate School of Life Sciences, the institute in which the student is based, their funding body and the Department.
Each student has a Principal Supervisor, who oversees the scientific direction of their research project and a Second Supervisor who acts as a mentor, providing support and advice.
Our students are also members of the Graduate School of Life Sciences, which organises regular scientific and social events for students and Postdocs from across the University as a whole.
On arrival, students are provided with a folder containing information about what is expected of them by the University and the Department of Oncology, in order to obtain their higher degree.
For more information about being a graduate student with the Department of Oncology please click on the following links:
- Department of Oncology Handbook for MPhil Students
- Department of Oncology Handbook for Full-time PhD Students
- Department of Oncology Handbook for Part-time PhD Students
Name of course: MPhil in Medical Sciences (Option A)
Course code: MDORM1
The MPhil programme in Medical Sciences offered by the Department of Oncology is taken as a full-time course of study over a period of 1 year (3 University terms).
This is a supervised research course, i.e. not a lecture based taught course, with each student conducting their MPhil project under the direction of their Principal Supervisor.
At the end of their course, MPhil students are required to submit a written dissertation of 20,000 words or less. The student then undergoes an oral examination based on both their thesis and a broader knowledge of their chosen area of research.
It is possible to continue from the MPhil in Medical Sciences (Option A) to the PhD degree course. However, completion of the MPhil is a pre-requisite for doctoral study and the MPhil is not counted as the first year of the PhD degree.
Name of course: PhD in Oncology (Basic Science)
Course code: MDOR22
The PhD programme offered by the Department of Oncology can be taken as a full-time or part-time course of study.
- The full-time PhD course lasts for a minimum of 3 years (9 University terms) and a maximum of 4 years (12 University terms).
- The part-time PhD course lasts for a minimum of 5 years (15 University terms) and a maximum of 7 years (21 University terms). Please note, the part-time PhD is NOT a distance learning degree.
The PhD course we offer is a supervised research course, with each student conducting their PhD project under the direction of their Principal Supervisor. Please note that we do not offer a laboratory rotation system of study for our PhD programme.
Students admitted to the Department of Oncology are not at first registered (NOTAF) for a PhD degree. Registration is dependent on successful completion of a written report of their first year of study, which is assessed by an oral examination.
At the end of their course, the student submits a dissertation of 60,000 words or less and undergoes an oral examination based on their thesis and a broader knowledge of their chosen area of research.