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PhD in Oncology University of Cambridge




Course info


The PhD course is a three- to four-year full-time, or five- to seven-year part-time, research-based course. PhD students are initially on probation, with registration for the PhD degree being dependent on successful completion of a registration assessment, which involves producing a written report followed by an oral examination with two examiners.

Full-time students are on probation for their first year and must successfully complete their registration assessment before entering their second year. Part-time students are on probation for the first two years and should complete their registration assessment before they enter their third year. In addition, full-time and part-time students are also required to produce regular written progress reports.

At the end of the course, students produce a written thesis of up to 60,000 words, followed by an oral examination based on both their thesis and a broader knowledge of their chosen area of research. Students are provided with information which clearly sets out what is expected of them in order to obtain their degree.

Most research training is provided within the structure of the student’s research group and informal opportunities to develop research skills are available through mentoring by other members of staff and fellow students. All students are encouraged to attend scientific meetings, seminars and graduate courses relevant to their area of interest. They are also expected to participate in journal clubs and lab meetings and to take advantage of the numerous and varied opportunities including transferable skills training offered by the University.

Each student is assigned a principal supervisor who oversees their research project and an adviser who provides additional support. Our graduate student administrator acts as the first point of contact for any student with a query or difficulty that is not directly related to their scientific work. All student matters in the department are overseen by our director of graduate education and the Cancer Biology Graduate Education Committee.

The PhD course is designed to produce graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills, who are exceptionally well equipped to go onto doctoral research or employment in industry and the public service.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study PhD in Oncology.

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

£30,813.00 (31,60,634) per year

The above mentioned fee is University Composition Fee. Students also additionally need to pay maintenance fee £14,500 and settling In fee £350.


01 Oct, 05 Jan, 10 Apr, 01 Oct


University of Cambridge

The Old Schools,

Trinity Lane,



CB2 1TN, England

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK 2.1 Honours Degree. The undergraduate degree must be in a subject relevant to the topic of proposed PhD research project. Students need an IELTS (Academic) total of 7.0 with Listening, Writing, Speaking score 7.0 and Reading 6.5 and TOEFL score of 100(Listening; Writing; Reading; and Speaking score of each 25).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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