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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Cancer Biology is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the application fee if applicable. For further information on application fees, and which courses require an application fee, see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

In addition to the application form, applicants must upload a personal statement, outlining why they are interested in the CRUK CC MRes/PhD studentship. 

The statement should be max 1000 words and include
1) What motivates you to choose this course? 2) Two research projects (see webpage link) you find interesting and tell us why? 3) Something about you and your life experience beyond your academic studies.

Please make sure to add where you saw the studentships advertised in this statement.

Selection Process

Applicants are considered as a gathered field, following the application closing date: Wednesday 15 November 2023.  Shortlisted candidates will be notified before the end of the year if required for the interview, with interviews being held during the week beginning Monday 8 January 2024.

Applicants should complete the University’s online application form by the closing date, via the online Applicant Portal.

Further information on How To Apply


Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Personal statement (upload)
    Applicants must provide a personal statement to support their application to the CRUK Cambridge Centre MRes/PhD studentship. The statement should be max 1000 words and include 1) What motivates you to choose this course? 2) Two research projects (see webpage link) you find interesting and tell us why? 3) Something about you and your life experience beyond your academic studies.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.


How to Find a Supervisor

Information on research at CRUK Cambridge Centre can be find here.  

Key Information


1+3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Research in the first instance

Department of Oncology

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Nov. 15, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.


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