DPhil Cancer Science
Course code: R26_1
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.
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.