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PhD Programme in Cancer Studies

Applications are now being invited for 3 and 4 year PhD studentships within cancer studies starting in October 2014.  

Cancer Research UK, 4 Year Studentships

3 Year Studentships

How to apply: 

Please send an email to with “PhD in Cancer Studies” in the subject line:
1) An electronic CV, including the contact details of two referees.
2) A one page summary of your research interests and academic background and how you believe they fit to a PhD in Cancer Studies.

Closing date for applications is the 6th January 2014.  


Why study Cancer Biology at Cardiff? 

Multinucleate Reed-Sternberg cell

Multinucleate Reed-Sternberg cell seen in classical Hodgkin lymphoma

 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.

Cardiff’s PhD and Clinical Fellowship Programme in Cancer Studies brings together research groups that span different disciplines in cancer research to train and supervise postgraduate researchers and clinicians in areas that underpin the strategic goals of the Cardiff Cancer Research UK Centre. All cancer studentship supervisors will have substantial financial support that has been won in peer-reviewed competitions. Thus, students have a great opportunity to take part in cancer research that is of the highest international standard, that is likely to result in publication in top scientific journals.


Conformal treatment of the spine improved by use of high energy proton beams

 Advantages of the Programme

Candidates invited for interview will have the opportunity to meet a number of prospective supervisors and to choose the project that most suits their interest from a set of high quality scientific questions. During the first Year 1 you will develop research techniques and skills and will have the opportunity to attend training courses in molecular/biochemical techniques; informatics and pharmaceutics. This will be accompanied by tutorials that will address specific areas of cancer and focus on new conceptual questions, recent progress or technical/clinical challenges. The objective is to make each postgraduate researcher aware of the current state of knowledge, technical limitations and emerging areas issues for future development. The programme is designed to ensure an excellent PhD experience and to prepare you for an outstanding future.


radiotherapy beam for pelvis

4 field radiotherapy beam arrangement to treat a patient with cervical cancer

Why a PhD in Cardiff?

Cardiff is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, with all the social facilities of a modern capital.  The pedestrian-only city centre and the nearby newly refurbished waterfront ‘Cardiff Bay’ district host many department stores and designer-label shops. Delicatessens and restaurants provide food and ingredients from many continents.  There is a good mix of social and cultural venues for all tastes, including plays at the New Theatre and the Sherman Theatre, Opera and plays at the Wales Millennium Centre, film, plays and art at the Chapter Arts Centre and daily concerts at St. David’s Centre. For the sports fan, there is the Millennium Stadium, the Glamorgan Cricket ground, the Cardiff City football club and the Ice Hockey Rink. Last, but not least, there are plenty of friendly bars and clubs where you can celebrate the successes of your PhD research work, as well as  recharge your batteries after the occasional setback! For those wanting a quieter pace of life, Cardiff is home to several beautiful parks, and is only a stone’s throw away from the tranquillity of the Wales heritage coastline and countryside including the Brecon Beacons National Park. 

PET scan

Use of PET scanning in early interim response assessment following chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma

Cardiff School of Medicine: Institute of Cancer and Genetics

More information about postgraduate research in the Cardiff School of Medicine's Institute of Cancer and Genetics can be found here:

Some examples of the groups involved in cancer research at Cardiff can be found here :