PhD Programmes & Studentships
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Overview of Cancer Research Degrees
Full time and part time PhD programmes available
We have over 60 research students which consist of both scientists and clinicians, embarking on a wide range of projects throughout our Institute.
We currently consist of six research centres, driven by a strong translational theme, with emphasis on specialised research focusing on specific cancers.
At the forefront of a number of scientific and medical discoveries, Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) is one of the largest of its kind in the UK. The state of the art laboratory complex has dedicated research student space and fully equipped research laboratories. Not only will a research degree here allow you to enhance your scientific career, you will also participate directly in the important work we do at the BCI.
You can find information on the research areas of our Institute by looking at the research section of the website and also the research interests of the staff.
We will advertise projects each year on our Vacancies and Opportunities page. Please see below for more information on funded studentships.
Support and Benefits
We implement a comprehensive support programme for our research students, providing training in a wide range of biomedical laboratory methods and other vital transferable skills. Our aim is to equip our students for a career in science and to make them attractive to a variety of potential employers.
The Institute and the Medical School have travel bursaries and grants to support students who are presenting at conferences and meetings.
Our fully funded studentships include:
- A tax free annual stipend (minimum £15,000 p/a)
- Project consumables
- Tuition Fees (unless otherwise specified up to the Home/EU rate only)
For entry to a PhD programme students should hold or be expecting either:
• A first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant biological subject from a UK university
• A recognised equivalent from an accredited overseas institution
If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the following standards in one of these English language examinations:
Each year, we offer around 10-15 new PhD studentships funded from a number of sources, including UK Research Councils and the European Union. These are advertised throughout the year. please visit our opportunities section for current studentships.
We also have the following two studentship programmes running each year.
Cancer Research UK Non Clinical PhD studentships
- This training programme, part of a multi million pound award from Cancer Research UK (CR-UK), aims to develop a cohort of scientists equipped both intellectually and technically to conduct the highest quality research on cancer.
- We have three fully funded 3 year PhD studentships available each year.
- Applicants will be able to select from a variety of projects offered by our research centres
2012/13 Entry, has now closed
If you have already secured your own funding and would like to register for a PhD with the Barts Cancer Institute, please look at our our research areas and speak to some potential supervisors to discuss your project.
If you are unsure or require further academic assistance please contact our Instituter's Director of Graduate, who will be able to advise you further.
You would need to secure funding for 3 years for a PhD (or part time equivalent), this would include funding for:
- Project consumables (to be agreed by the supervisor but min. £15,000 per annum))
- Living costs (approx £15kp/a)
For any general enquiries please contact the BCI Teaching Centre Office.
Studying to a PhD in Pancreatic Cancer.
Year of Intake: 2009. Mode of Study: Full-time.
Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) is a prestigious institution with state of the art facilities for doing cutting edge research in cancer. Having very close affiliations with Barts and The Royal London Hospital, it is the ideal place to do translational research, with an ultimate goal to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from cancer. I did my MSc at the University of Leicester and, as part of my MSc, I had the opportunity to be part of the BCI to do a nine-month laboratory project. The project was greatly appreciated by my lecturers and helped me to get a distinction.
Currently, I am in the final year of my PhD in pancreatic cancer, which is a deadly disease with very limited treatment options available for patients. My project aims to find out a novel therapeutic target to treat these patients and improve their chances of survival and well being.
I get excellent support and guidance from my supervisors and I feel they are very approachable and patient at all times. The Institute gives us the opportunity to attend seminars by world-class researchers and also present data at the annual PhD day, and at weekly departmental meetings. There is also a bursary that students can apply to, for attending/presenting at international conferences.
Upon completion of the course, I intend to carry on my research in cancer as a postdoctoral researcher and I believe the training I have, as part of my PhD at the BCI, has given me immense confidence in pursuing my dreams.