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Cancer Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in London

We have 18 Cancer Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in London

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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Transcriptome homeostasis in cellular ageing and cancer

Project Summary. We have previously established the oncogenic mechanisms of the transcription factor FOXM1 in perturbation of genome stability (1, 2), epigenome (3, 4) and adult progenitor epithelial stem cell proliferation (5). Read more

The functions of the YAP/TAZ oncoproteins in cell cycle control and tumour progression.

Background. Squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) - cancers arising from multi-layered epithelia such as the skin epidermis or the oral mucosa - are the most diagnosed cancers in the UK and world-wide. Read more

Postgraduate Research Opportunities at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

To deliver our research strategy of ‘Better Health for All' and our aspiration to train the research leaders of the future, the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (top 10% faculties of medicine in the world, QS2022) has opened opportunities for self-funded PhD students in multiple areas of biomedical and translational research across six internationally recognised Research Institutes. Read more

Investigating molecular drivers of cell invasion

The Wells laboratory focusses on exploring the molecular mechanisms that underlie cell invasion. We have interests in cancer cell invasion and hemopoietic cell invasion. Read more

Transcriptome biomarkers and mechanisms of chemoresistance

Project Summary. This project aims to identify biomarkers linked to the most potent multimodal anticancer therapy with the least toxicity to counteract hemoresistance in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Read more

Deep-tissue photoacoustic imaging with optical fluence optimisation

Applications are invited for a fully funded 3,5 year full-time PhD studentship (including home tuition fees, annual stipend and consumables) starting on 1st February 2024. Read more

Understanding the mechanisms of metabolic reprogramming in cancer: towards novel therapies

In this project, you will examine whether drug-resistant and drug-sensitive cancer cells display distinct metabolic features and aim to do a series of laboratory experiments to investigate the ability of probes, or drugs, to starve cancer cells of glucose. Read more

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