Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre

Cancer Research UK PhD programme

Cancer Research UK 4 year programme now closed to applications

Applications are invited from outstanding candidates to join a Cancer Research UK funded PhD programme at the Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre, part of the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) at the University of Edinburgh.

The Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre brings together cancer scientists and clinicians from across the University of Edinburgh, 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 30 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 Cancer Research UK Edinburgh 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

In addition to our own PhD programme, additional postgraduate opportunities are available within the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM), embedded within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The Institute provides an outstanding training environment, overseen by a well-established IGMM 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 IGMM, 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

Studentships are available to start in September 2018 for outstanding applicants with a stipend of £19,000 p/a. You should hold at least an upper second-class degree in a relevant subject and comply with English language requirements. For full funding students must be UK or EU citizens. Application closing date is Friday 16 February 2018, interviews will be held on Friday 9 March 2018.


Students should send an up-to-date CV, covering letter (indicating which projects you are interested in) and details of 2 academic referees to:


Available PhD projects