Research course

Cancer Studies

Cardiff University · School of Biosciences

Entry requirements

Science Graduates First or Upper Second Class in a relevant area (e.g. biochemistry, anatomy, genetics, physiology, natural sciences). This is a training doctorate, previous research experience is not essential. Clinical Fellows Trainees should be interested in a clinical academic career, and have: a current Core or Specialty Training Programme position evidence of high academic distinction and potential (e.g. First or Upper Second Class in BSc, research papers etc.) research experience within an undergraduate BSc or MSc project evidence of achievement of Core/Specialty Training Competencies by the time of appointment (ARCP or RITA)

Months of entry


Course content

This 4 Year PhD and Clinical Fellowship Programme functions as a focal point for promoting international quality basic and clinical research within Cardiff University. The establishment in 2009 of the Cardiff Cancer Research UK Centre reflects the high standard of basic and clinical science within Cardiff University and aims to drive the knowledge that has been gained to patient benefit. Cancer Research UK funds a number of PhD Studentships and Clinical Fellowships within the programme.

Our 4 year Programme provides a broader and more in-depth practical and theoretical grounding in Cancer Biology than conventional 3 year programmes. Cardiff University is pioneering an integrated approach to cancer research with the cancer charity Cancer Research UK by establishing a cross-disciplinary Cancer Research Centre. This PhD training programme aims to produce the future leaders of cancer research and is a central feature of the new Centre. Medical research is entering a new phase of development that presents unparalleled research opportunities for basic science and its exploitation to benefit health. To meet these challenges it is evident that researchers need to appreciate the basic, translational and clinical aspects of the topic. A broad grounding and awareness of emerging technologies, good skills in informatic and an understanding of the challenges in the clinic will be of key importance. Cardiff University, with its significant strengths across these disciplines, is well placed to design and administer a research-training programme and develop cancer researchers, who will eventually specialise in specific topics in basic, translational or clinical research, yet will have an unrivalled understanding of the wider perspective of cancer research.

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Fees and funding

The school of Biosciences is offering the Cancer Research UK studentship for students of this course.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Jo-Ann Hall
+44 (0)2921 847 968