Research course

Cancer and Genetics

Cardiff University · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree, Masters degree, or equivalent in a relevant subject. A medical degree and GMC registration is essential for some research. Relevant professional qualifications or experience may also be required. Suitable for graduates in Biological Sciences, (Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology) or graduates in Medicine and other clinical disciplines.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The Institute of Cancer and Genetics is one Centre within the School of Medicine where students can conduct their research. Full details of all the research areas available can be found through the Medicine (PhD/MPhil/MD) programme.

The Institute is a merger of the Institute of Medical Genetics and sections of Oncology, Surgery, Pathology, Haematology, and Gynaecology Oncology. It brings together researchers to promote translational research, employing model systems to develop new cancer therapeutics and diagnostics and take them through to the clinic.

The Institute has well-equipped laboratories in 5 different research buildings and has over 50 principal investigator. The Institute currently trains over 70 PhD/MD students and is funded by a variety of Government, Research Council and Charity sources, with grant income of nearly £40M over the last 5 years. Previous research has made an impact on several human cancers and developed new technologies.

Full details of this programme of study can be found on our website.

Department specialisms

Research areas of particular strength include Cancer biology; Ageing; DNA damage and repair; Telomeres; Oncogenes; P53; wnt-Signalling; Sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer; and Qualitative methodologies for assessment of complex interventions in palliative care.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent required.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Bethan Moore (ICG Admin)
+44 (0)29 2074 4727