Edinburgh Cancer Research

Cancer Research UK PhD programme

Applications NOW OPEN

Applications are invited from outstanding candidates to join a Cancer Research UK funded PhD programme. These are funded by the Cancer Research UK Scotland Centre, a joint initiative between Edinburgh and Glasgow which brings together cancer scientists and clinicians from across the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, delivering outstanding cancer research and improved patient care. The Cancer Research UK PhD programme is integrated into the research activities of the Centre with over 80 principal investigators contributing to this cross-disciplinary programme spanning from fundamental science to translational research. Research projects benefit from state-of-the art facilities for genomics, mass spectrometry, advanced microscopy, single cell technologies, and from advanced computational and informatics capabilities.

The Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre is committed to high quality training, mentorship and research excellence to prepare the next generation of scientists to tackle the most challenging questions underpinning oncology. This training will enable you to think critically, undertake mechanistic research and to make new discoveries. The Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre is situated within the Institute of Genetics and Cancer (IGC), embedded within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The Institute provides an outstanding training environment, overseen by a well-established IGC Graduate School, with state-of-the-art facilities and a variety of opportunities for postgraduate research study. There is a great sense of community within the IGC, with over a hundred postgraduate students and a thriving postgraduate society (POGs) which runs career talks, social events and an annual scientific retreat.

Application procedure

Up to 2 studentships are available to start in September or October 2024 for outstanding applicants with a stipend of £21,000 p/a. These 2 studentships are funded by the CRUK Scotland Centre, a joint initiative between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Successful students for the Edinburgh lead projects will be registered for their degree in Edinburgh and will undertake their project in Edinburgh. 

Candidates should hold at least an upper second-class degree in a relevant subject and comply with University of Edinburgh English language requirements.


All Edinburgh based applications will be administered centrally via the University of Edinburgh and applicants should apply on the link below: https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/degrees/index.php?r=site/view&edition=2022&id=237

Please note that applicants are not required to submit a research proposal when completing the online application process and should enter details of the project(s) they are interested in applying for.  However, the CRUK Scotland Centre form is required to be uploaded to the system.   Please leave the application number field blank - administration team will complete this.

Closing date: 20th May 2024

Interviews are expected to be held week beginning 17 June.

Applications are open to all individuals irrespective of nationality or country of residence.


Edinburgh based PhD projects


Glasgow based PhD projects - to apply for any of these projects please follow the University of Glasgow application guidelines on FindaPhD.