Cardiff University

Cardiff University

Cancer Studies

The 4 year Programme provides a broad and in-depth practical and theoretical grounding in cancer biology; during the 1st semester of students receive formal lectures in current research techniques and skills, including molecular/biochemical techniques; informatics, pharmaceutics, evidence analysis and clinical aspects of cancer; this is accompanied by tutorials that address specific areas of cancer and focus on new conceptual questions, recent progress or technical/clinical challenges; the objective is to make each postgraduate researcher aware of the current state of knowledge, technical limitations and clinical issues where future progress may be made. In the second part of Year 1, you will take two three-month rotation projects in internationally renowned labs of your choice. During the lab rotations, you will carry out research, gain knowledge of the questions addressed by the lab, and acquire direct experience of the relevant techniques. Lab rotations will help you to reach an informed choice of the cancer biology area and supervisor you will choose for your full PhD project during Years 2 to 4. Throughout all the years you and your colleagues will participate in weekly seminars and presentations at journal clubs. The programme is designed to ensure an excellent PhD experience and to prepare you for an outstanding future.

Entry requirements

1st or upper 2nd class in a relevant area (e.g. biochemistry, anatomy, genetics, physiology, natural sciences).

Course modules

Modules cover the areas of molecular genetics of cancer, signal transduction in cancer, cell biology, bioinformatics, epidemiology, clinical trials and the drug discovery process; 2 laboratory rotations are undertaken and involves preliminary research work into a specific area; 1 area is then chosen for the full research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 4,062 per Academic year (home fees) 4 years
PhD Full-time £ 17,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cathays Park Campus Cardiff CF10 3AT Wales

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Key information

Telephone number: 
029 208 70084