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The DPhil in Cancer Science Programme provides research based doctoral training for cancer researchers from clinical, biological, engineering, mathematics and statistics backgrounds. Students will receive a world leading research training experience that integrates an education initiative spanning cancer patient care, tumour biology and research impact; on- course and post-programme mentorship; and a specialised, fundamental, subject specific training programme that is tailored to individual research needs.

None © Alistair Easton 'Multiplex IF image of skin biopsy'

Students participating in the scheme will be offered:

  • a choice of interdisciplinary cutting-edge cancer research projects.
  • the ability to gain a working in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of cancer biology and cancer patient care through advanced level seminars.
  • a world-renowned research environment that encourages the student’s originality and creativity in their research.
  • opportunities to develop skills in making and testing hypotheses, in developing new theories, and in planning and conducting experiments.
  • an environment in which to develop skills in written work, oral presentation and publishing the results of their research in high-profile scientific journals, through constructive feedback of written work and oral presentations.

At the end of their DPhil course, students should:

  • have a thorough knowledge of the basic principles of cancer research including the relevant literature and a comprehensive understanding of scientific methods and techniques applicable to their own research.
  • be able to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field.
  • have developed the ability to critically evaluate current research and research techniques and methodologies.
  • be able to act autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.
  • be prepared for career in cancer research.

There are 3 application tracks in the programme as described below meaning non-clinicians, undergraduate medical students and post-graduate medical trainees are all eligible to apply for the fully funded (at home rate) studentships.

All offered places are fully funded at the home rate. This includes salary/stipend, University/College fees, and a research consumables budget of £13k p.a.. Salary and stipend provisions are summarised below:

  • Track 1 – Clinical trainees - 3 years of salary at either Grade E63 or Grade E64 Clinical Researcher rate
  • Track 2 – Medical undergraduates - 3 years of stipend at the flat rate of £19,000 per annum. 
  • Track 3 – Non-clinical/Fundamental scientist - 4 years of stipend at the flat rate of £19,000 per annum. 

Applications from international applicants will be accepted however funding at the Home/EU level is only available for this programme and therefore international applicants would need to either source further funding or support themselves financially for the remaining fees. 

Application Deadline

Open to applications for 2020-21 entry.  The deadline for applications is 12:00 midday UK time on Friday 24 January 2020.

Programme Director: Professor Mark Middleton 

Supported by

Cancer Research UK

Further Information

Project booklet