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We have 44 Cancer Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Cancer Biology would provide you with the opportunity to research a specific cancer in great detail. Whether you’re developing a new treatment, understanding the factors that allow a tumour to arise or innovating better diagnostic tests, you’ll be improving our understanding of cancer and saving lives.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Cancer Biology?

Doing a PhD in Cancer Biology, you’ll develop excellent laboratory skills, particularly in cell culture, working with RNA and studying the proteome. Most Cancer Biology projects link to other subjects and as such, you’ll have experience working with techniques from Cell Biology, Immunology and Genetics.

Some typical research topics in Cancer Biology include:

  • Developing novel diagnostic tests
  • Understanding a potential trigger of metastasis
  • Developing novel therapeutics to treat a specific cancer
  • The immune system and cancer interactions
  • Characterising the role of a specific tumour suppressor or oncogene in a certain cancer

Generally, Cancer Biology programmes are advertised on the university website with the research proposal, including the scope and primary aim of the research pre-determined by the supervisor. These projects are usually fully-funded.

It’s uncommon to propose your own research in Cancer Biology since the additional bench fees make self-funding difficult. It can also be tricky to find a supervisor with the interests that line up well with your suggested project that also have the equipment and expertise to supervise you through your PhD.

In your daily life you’ll be in the laboratory conducting experiments, reading the literature for new methods you could try, analysing old data, and talking to colleagues and your supervisor about your work. In the final year of your PhD you’ll submit a thesis of around 60,000 words that will contribute to the knowledge of your field and you’ll defend your work during your viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Cancer Biology PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biology, with at least a Merit or Distinction. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to show that you have the right level of language proficiency.

PhD in Cancer Biology funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Cancer Biology PhDs in the UK is the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). They provide fully-funded studentships including a stipend for living costs, a consumables budget for bench fees and a tuition fee waiver. Students don’t apply directly to the BBSRC, you apply for advertised projects with this funding attached.

It’s uncommon for Cancer Biology PhD students to be ‘self-funded’ due to the additional bench fees. However, if you were planning to fund yourself it might be achievable (depending on your project) through the UK government’s PhD loan and part-time work.

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PhD Student in 3D skin proteomics

The Dengjel Lab at the Dept. of Biology, University of Fribourg (. www.unifr.ch/bio/en/research/biochemistry/dengjel.html. ) is interested in skin biology and wound healing (1-2). Read more

Improving the treatment of Colon Cancer through the repurposing of drugs

During your PhD study with the GMRI and as part of Dr Gray’s lab group, you will be working alongside other postgrad students, postdoctoral scientists, and national/international collaborators from around the world. Read more

Using novel ferronucleosides to study and regulate DNA replication in cells

Background. Replication of nucleic acid polymers like DNA is an essential process for all known forms of life. Furthermore, dysregulation and errors in DNA-replication are strongly linked with human diseases including cancer, as well as the process of cellular ageing. Read more

Exploiting stromal matrix as an immunotherapeutic reservoir for targeting of soft tissue sarcomas

Soft tissue sarcomas (STS) are a group of rare cancer with >50 different histological subtypes of distinct biology and genetics. Despite optimal management of localised disease, over half of patients develop metastatic disease with poor survival outcomes of ~19 months. Read more

PhD study in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology, and Biotechnology

The PhD programme lasts for 8 semesters and the number of ECTS credits assigned to the programme is at least 40. The programme offers courses developing professional and didactic skills as well as general knowledge. Read more

Mechanisms of resistance to anticancer drugs that define heterogeneity of cancer cell populations

Fully funded PhD study. Development of resistance to chemotherapy is a leading cause of treatment failure. Drug-resistance mechanisms typically involve mutations in specific proteins or changes in their levels of expression. Read more

A novel paradigm of neuro-immuno-metabolic axis in liver disease

About Lab of Liver Research. Liver-centered multi-organ crosstalk between adipose tissue, gut and brain has been shown to involve in various liver diseases, ranging from alcoholic liver disease, steatohepatitis and fibrosis. Read more

Neuropeptide Research – PhD Position at a World Class Institution

Neuropeptides are key mediators in many biological functions and understanding their interaction with target proteins is fundamental to unravel the underlying mechanism of diseases. Read more

Our Mission: to Educate, Nurture and Discover for the benefit of Human Health

Our ultimate purpose is to work in service of patients. RCSI was founded by Royal Charter on 11th February 1784, to set and support professional standards for surgical training and practice in Ireland. Read more

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