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DPhil in Cancer Science

DPhil in Cancer Science

Explore our new DPhil course designed to provide you with the best possible start to your graduate research career with both world-leading fundamental scientific training and the skills to apply your work for cancer patient impact.

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

There are 4 tracks in the programme, as described below. All offered places are fully funded at the home rate, meaning non-clinicians, undergraduate medical students and post-graduate medical trainees are all eligible to apply for the fully funded (at home rate) studentships.

  • Track 1 – Clinical Trainees. Qualified doctors at all stages of training (from foundation to higher specialist training).
  • Track 2 – Medical Undergraduates. Medical students who are currently undertaking a primary medical qualification (MBBS, MBChB or equivalent). At entry, we will be looking for evidence of completion of at least the first two years of a primary medical qualification and achievement at the level of an upper-second or first-class honours degrees (or iBSc).
  • Track 3 – Non-Clinical/Fundamental Scientist. Science graduates that hold (or be predicted to achieve) the equivalent of a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in biological, medical, or chemical science, as appropriate for the projects offered.
  • Track 4 – Non-Clinical/Fundamental Scientist. Science graduates that hold (or be predicted to achieve) the equivalent of a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in engineering, mathematical/data, or physical science, as appropriate for the projects offered.

Applications are open for entry in October 2022.

We are currently open for applications for entry in October 2022. All applications must be completed by 12 noon on Friday 3 December 2021 to be considered for competitive Cancer Research UK Oxford Centre funding. More details on how to apply can be found here.