The Institute of Cancer Sciences (ICS) is a broad-based, research intensive institution with a global reach. We span fundamental cancer biology, translational and clinical cancer research with a major focus on cancer genomics and disease-specific research. Our primary goal is to deliver world-class research that can be translated to patient benefit and to provide a leading-edge environment for research and training.
We are part of a national centre of excellence in the fight against cancer carrying out a programme of world-class science directed at understanding the molecular changes that cause cancer. We are working to translate scientific discoveries into new drugs or diagnostic and prognostic tools that benefit cancer patients, taking new therapies through preclinical and clinical trials.
The Institute of Cancer Sciences is a major component of the Cancer Research UK West of Scotland Cancer Centre. There are currently 51 research groups housed in magnificent new research buildings at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, the Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre, the CRUK clinical trials unit (CTU) and the Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centre. Our facilities house a number of state-of-the-art technologies that underpin our key research themes.
- Duration: 3/4 years full-time; 5 years part-time
Individual research projects are tailored around the expertise of principal investigators within the institute. Basic and clinical projects are also available for study.
A variety of approaches are used, including molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, genetics, cancer modelling and cell biology (including advanced in vitro and in vivo imaging), immunology and polyomics (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics).
Specific areas of interest include:
- cancer biology and cell signalling
- cancer stem cell biology
- cancer imaging
- chemoresistance in cancer
- cancer and ageing
- regulation of cancer cell death processes
- genetics, genomics and systems medicine
- immunotherapy for cancer
- cancer clinical trials
Integrated PhD programmes (4 years)
- Year 1: completion of taught masters level modules
- Years 2 to 4: research degree
Completion of taught masters level modules before entering a research PhD will provide you with a valuable introduction to academic topics and research methods, whilst providing key training in laboratory skills and the critical evaluation of research data.
Our ethos of research-led teaching will allow you to hone your research ideas and discuss these with potential PhD supervisors during year 1. Upon successful completion of the taught component, alongside students on our Masters programmes, you will progress to your research degree in year 2 and complete an examinable piece of independent research by the end of the programme.
PhD applicants should have or expect to obtain a very good honours degree in Life Sciences. They should also have an aptitude for experimental work and be highly committed to pursuing a career in cancer research.
Integrated PhD programmes
Upper-Second-Class Honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant subject area.
English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.
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