PhD Studentship in Cancer and Genetics Study at Cardiff University in UK, 2015

Cardiff University


May 02, 2015

Opportunity Cover Image - PhD Studentship in Cancer and Genetics Study at Cardiff University in UK, 2015
Closing Date: 02/05/2015
Duration: 3 years
Funding Amount: Difference between UK/EU and International fees, plus Stipend
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), International (Non EU), UK

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.

Programme Aims

Translational research focussed on the genetic and molecular basis of human disease with a focus on cancer. The Institute provides expertise and facilities to conduct research into human genetics and disease, prognostic and diagnostic markers for cancer, novel therapies for solid organ and haematological cancers, metastasis, cancer immunology and cancer cell biology.

About the Institute

Basic, applied and clinical research is undertaken. The areas studied include genome instability, the molecular genetics of cancer and inherited tumour predisposition. The basic research is undertaken with a view to translational studies. The aim is to provide new diagnostics for cancer risk and new cancer therapeutics. Here the development of therapies designed for specific individuals with specific cancers is an objective. There is collaboration with colleagues involved in a number of clinical trials.

Course Description

The program strategy is to drive research for the benefit of patients affected by cancer and by inherited disease in Wales and beyond, and at all points in the patient pathway - including screening, diagnosis, imaging, tissue studies, and clinical trials. The program will lead to a research degree in cancer and or genetics that could be used in a variety of academic, clinical and industrial settings.

Course Structure

All PhD students undertake a Diploma in Biomedical Research Methods in their 1st year. The Institute hosts an annual PhD Postgraduate Research day, which showcases the research of all 2nd year students, and introduces the new cohort of 1st year students in a “meet and greet” session.  The Institute also hosts a regular seminar series featuring speakers (PIs, post-docs, students) from each research theme.

Skills Acquired

Students will benefit from gaining a range of transferrable and professional skills during their PhD study. Depending on the project, these could include laboratory skills in molecular and cellular biology, statistical analysis, bioinformatics, presenting skills (scientists, the general public), academic publication and grant writing.

Career Prospects

The PhD program will equip students for a career in academic research/teaching, NHS clinical laboratories, and pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies.


This studentship is generously funded by MRC CTU. This studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,057 p.a. for 2015/16, updated each year).

Please note that International (non-EU) students must fund the difference between the UK/EU and Overseas fee.

One studentship is available.


Residency: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.

Academic criteria: 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.

How to Apply

In the first instance, you should submit a CV & Covering Letter to Dr. Richard Adams by emailing Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to submit a standard application for Postgraduate Study via the Online Application Service.

The deadline for applications is 2 May 2015.

Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

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Publish Date
March 31, 2015