Integrated PhD in Cancer Sciences


Funded 4 year Integrated PhD in The Cell Biology and Immunology of Cancer.

About us


The University of Southampton is one of the top 15 research-led universities in the UK. We are a vibrant and ambitious Faculty with a leading reputation in research, enterprise and education. Over 70% of our research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent in the latest UK Research Assessment Exercise (2008), placing us in the top 10 for UK medical schools. With an emphasis on translating new discoveries into healthcare practice, our research covers the spectrum from basic science to clinical innovation.


Our four year Integrated PhD in Biomedical Science has been designed to produce the next generation of leaders in cancer research, one of the major research strengths of the University of Southampton.

Studying high-quality basic science, delivered in a clinically relevant way, will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for a career in academia, health, industry and other related sectors.

Our research themes include basic and translational immunology, immunotherapy and DNA vaccines, as well as the molecular and genetic study of cancer to understand mechanisms of disease proliferation, invasion and cell death.

In year 1 you will choose three laboratory rotation projects within the Cancer Sciences Unit, which will give you the opportunity to work with our research groups who are at the cutting edge of tumour biology and immunology. Lab rotations are supplemented with taught specialist and advanced research skills modules. You will also learn diverse practical skills in a range of areas which will help you make an informed choice about the project you will undertake over the following three years. Successful completion of year 1 is marked with the award of MRes.

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Years 2-4 comprises an in-depth research project in the subject area of your choice, which will draw upon experience gained in year 1. Our aim is for you to become an active and valued member of a research lab led by one of our many expert scientists.


Funding is available for a limited number of places. Subject to eligibility, studentships will be paid at a minimum rate of the standard UK Research Council recommended maintenance stipend (£13,726 in 2013/2014) plus UK fees. Students may also be accepted on a self-funding basis. Contact our Graduate School on 023 8120 6685 or for more information. Further information and how to apply

Further information on the programme can be found


To apply for The Cell Biology and Immunology of Cancer Pathway please click on the Apply Now’ .


Informal enquiries: Please contact Professor Mark Cragg, Professor in Experimental Cancer Biology at


Closing date:

The closing date for applicants wishing to start in October 2014 is Friday 31st January 2014.




Interviews will take place on Wednesday 19th February 2014. Applicants invited to interview will be asked to give a short presentation as part of the selection process.

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