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We offer both PhD and MPhil graduate degree courses.

Our applicants are highly motivated and talented students who are recent graduates or final year undergraduates who hold or expect to gain a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject from a world leading university.

Our research ranges from basic cancer biology and computational biology through to translational research and clinical application. We have world leading researchers and excellent state-of-the-art facilities.

Graduate students play pivotal roles in the continuing success of our research programmes and studying with the department provides an excellent opportunity to start a research career in an environment committed to training outstanding cancer research scientists of the future.

Please read the following information if you are considering applying to the department:

Specific information about studying in the department can be found below.


PhD in Oncology

We welcome applications from highly motivated and talented students who are recent graduates or final year undergraduates who hold or expect to gain a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent from a world leading university. For more details about the PhD programme see the graduate admissions website.

Apply: Please see the graduate admissions website for full details about how to apply for the PhD in Oncology; this includes an overview of the course and information about how to make an application, fees, and other entry requirements.

Note: Prospective applicants must find a Graduate Student Supervisor before submitting an application. To do this contact those Graduate Student Supervisor(s) you are interested in studying with to ask if:

  • they are looking to take on a student in the year you wish to start,
  • they able to offer you a place, and
  • their research interests match yours.

Funding: The Department of Oncology does not provide funding for PhD students. Prospective applicants should therefore explore funding options before applying. Details of funding options can be found at:

We also welcome applications from students who have won competitive fellowships. Selection in these cases will depend on space available within the department and a student's academic record.

The department also hosts Clinical Research Training Fellows and students on the MB/PhD programme.

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 MPhil in Medical Science (Oncology)

We welcome applications from highly motivated and talented students who are recent graduates or final year undergraduates who hold or expect to gain a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject from a world leading university. For more details about the MPhil programme see the graduate admissions website.

Apply: Please see the graduate admissions website for full details about how to apply for the MPhil in Medical Science (Oncology); this includes an overview of the course and information about how to make an application, fees, and other entry requirements.

Note: Prospective applicants must find a Graduate Student Supervisor before submitting an application. To do this contact those Graduate Student Supervisor(s) you are interested in studying with to ask if:

  • they are looking to take on a student in the year you wish to start,
  • they able to offer you a place, and
  • their research interests match yours.

Funding: The Department of Oncology does not provide funding for MPhil students. Prospective applicants should therefore explore funding options before applying. Details of funding options can be found at:

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 MRes & PhD (1+3) programme in Cancer Biology

Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre welcomes applications from highly motivated and talented students who are recent graduates or final year undergraduates who hold or expect to gain a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent from a world leading university.

All MRes & PhD (1+3) students are registered as students with the Department of Oncology for their 1 year MRes. Successful completion of the MRes course, including assessment of rotation project write-ups and defense of a PhD proposal, will lead directly on to a 3 year PhD course, usually in one of the rotation project host laboratories. On starting their the PhD course, students will transfer registration to their Principal Supervisor's department.

Up to five studentships are offered each year, with funding available for at least one overseas applicant. For each academic year, applications  open in October of and close at the end of November, with interviews held in January.

For more details about the PhD programme see the graduate admissions website and the Cancer Research UK website.

Apply: Please see the graduate admissions website for full details about how to apply for the MRes & PhD (1+3) programme; this includes an overview of the course and information about how to make an application, fees, and other entry requirements.

For general enquiries about the CRUK Cambridge Centre MRes + PhD studentships and the application process, please contact trainingprogramme@crukcambridgecentre.org.uk.

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