Cancer and Surgery PhD studentECTS: 90 credits
Start date: October 2017
1 year full-time
Location: Hammersmith

This course is open for applications for 2017 entry. Although this course will remain open until it is filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before one of the three application dates (see how to apply).

This course is comprised of two streams:

  • Cancer Biology – providing a broad training in research and prepares students for a research career in cancer biology.
  • Cancer Informatics – offering world-class training in research at the interface between computational and clinical translational science

About the course


This one-year full-time course provides a broad training in research and prepares students for a research career in cancer biology.

Our emphasis is on a research-orientated approach, and the programme comprises both theoretical and practical elements.

The course embraces cutting-edge developments in the field, and you will experience some of the most technologically advanced approaches currently being applied to the broad field of cancer research.

The MRes is made up of two streams: Cancer Biology, and Cancer Informatics.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

The course comprises an initial 4/5-week taught component in which the cellular and molecular basis of cancer biology are covered, plus an introduction to the clinical and pathological aspects of carcinogenesis. This information is contained within the lectures which will partly be on the lecturer's own research, making use of the excellent researchers we have within Imperial College London. Within this period will also be a series of workshops covering key transferable skills such as oral presentation of scientific data and grant writing.

It is followed by a split, where the Cancer Biology stream will enter their first of two research placements of approximately 20 weeks, while students on the Cancer Informatics stream will receive 3 weeks of specialist training in informatics. Following this, they will enter their projects (15 weeks, and then 20 weeks).

Core modules

MRes Cancer Biology
  • Grant Writing Exercise
  • Poster presentation
  • Project 1 – Cancer Biology
  • Project 2
  • Statistics
MRes Cancer Biology (Cancer Informatics)
  • Bioinformatics
  • Grant Writing Exercise
  • Poster presentation
  • Project 1 – Informatics
  • Project 2
  • Statistics

Teaching and assessment


  • Lectures
  • Technical workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars


  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Research project

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2:1 Honours degree in an appropriate science subject.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.

For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by one of our three deadlines below. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

  • 31 January 2017
  • 26 April 2017
  • 31 July 2017

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2017 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

ATAS Certificate
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.