CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme MRes+ PhD in early detection 2019

CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection programme MRes + PhD for non-clinical applicants 2019 - applications now OPEN

Characterisation of the mutational progression in gastrointestinal adenocarcinomas

Tracking immune cell dynamics over 20 years for the early detection of ovarian cancer

Artificial Intelligence directed integration of imaging, pathology and genomics data to identify prognostic features and improve prostate cancer diagnosis

One of the main principles of the Centre is the open exchange of scientific knowledge and skills across the many disciplines involved in cancer science, creating a culture of continuous learning and development for all members. By being part of the Centre, students will also have the opportunity to attend a number of lecture series, workshops and meetings aimed at facilitating and strengthening collaborations between complimentary disciplines and across different departments and institutes.


The CRUK Cambridge Centre MRes + PhD studentships include full funding from Cancer Research UK to cover the University Composition Fee (at Home/EU rate), a travel and consumables budget, and a stipend, which is currently £19,000 per annum. In addition, the CRUK Cambridge Centre and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust provide joint funding for one overseas non-clinical student each academic year.

How to apply

We invite applications from UK, EU and non-EU students for these non-clinical studentships. Please ensure you meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements. Applications, including a CV and a Reasons for Applying statement (2,500 character limit), must be made via the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions website. Applicants must select up to two Programmes (a first and second choice) from the five listed on the CRUK Cambridge Centre website, and this should be clearly stated in the Reasons for Applying statement.

Interview and selection process

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application via email by early January 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a day of interviews at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute on 24 or 25 January 2019. Reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed with prior authorisation.

You will be interviewed by a panel of Principal Investigators from the CRUK Cambridge Centre, including members of the Programme you have applied to, and you will be given the opportunity to visit the relevant department(s) or institute(s) for your selected Programme. We strongly encourage informal interaction between short-listed candidates and the Principal Investigators and their laboratories before the formal interview. Following your interview you will be informed of the outcome via email.

Key dates

  • The deadline for applications is 1st December 2018.
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by early January 2019.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview on 24 or 25 January 2019.
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their interview at the beginning of February 2019 and successful applicants will receive a formal offer letter by mid-February 2019.

If you have general enquiries about the CRUK Cambridge Centre non-clinical MRes + PhD studentships or the application process, please contact