Postgraduate students play a pivotal role in the continuing success of our Institute’s research programmes.

The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute provides an exciting and supportive atmosphere for students, who are able to benefit from our state-of-the-art Core Facilities, multidisciplinary environment and the world-leading expertise of researchers in the building. 

There are over 90 postgraduate students at the Institute, with over two thirds from overseas, creating a truly international programme. As we are a department of the University of Cambridge, all students become members of a College, where enthusiasts from every discipline meet and provide enrichment across subject boundaries. 

For more information about our postgraduate study programmes, take a look at our Postgraduate Study pages or visit the University’s Virtual Tour of the CRUK Cambridge Institute.


Our MPhil and PhD programmes prepare students for fulfilling careers in academia, industry or roles outside of the lab. Students are fully embedded within their research group, working alongside other student and postdoctoral colleagues to drive their research forward and contribute to the overall objectives of both their group and the Institute.

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Career development

We endeavour not just to train students to be good scientists, but to equip them with additional skills that will enhance a career in academia or provide opportunities to apply their training in other areas. Postgraduate students have the opportunity to attend numerous courses run by the Institute, the University and the School of Clinical Medicine. 

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College membership

There are many advantages to being a member of a College including academic and pastoral support, opportunities for research and teaching, and access to social, cultural and sporting facilities.

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