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Oncology

Research programmes

DPhil in Oncology

Course Code | 001955

MSc by Research in Oncology

Course Code | 001965

4-Year Doctoral Programme in Radiobiology

Course Code | 001425a

DPhil in Radiobiology

Course Code | 002200

MSc by Research in Radiobiology

Course Code | 002210

We offer a 3-year DPhil in either Oncology or Radiobiology, in addition to our 4-year DPhil programme comprising the taught MSc in Radiation Biology in the first year. Subject areas for the 3-year DPhil portion cover the entire spectrum of radiobiology topics:

  • Biochemistry of base excision repair
  • Molecular determinants of radiosensitivity
  • Tumour stroma interactions in radiobiology
  • Molecular imaging
  • DNA damage response to the tumour microenvironment
  • DNA damage signalling
  • Chromosome integrity
  • Molecular resistance to treatments
  • Mechanisms of metastasis
  • Tumour suppressor signalling
  • Radiation-induced DNA damage and response
  • DNA adduct repair
  • Telomeres and genome stability
  • Experimental radiation therapeutics
  • Advanced imaging technology
  • Angiogenesis and Hypoxia, role of miRNA
  • Cancer and Immunogenetics
  • Cancer Predisposition Disorders and Pharmogenetics
  • HPV, apopstosis and cancer
  • Insulin-like growth factors
  • Tumour growth control
  • Gene therapy in particular virotherapy of advanced cancer
  • Cancer in the developing world

How to Apply

The deadline for the DPhil, MSc (R) and combined research courses is 10 January 2014. Places may be available after these dates, please check the Oncology website.

The standard set of materials you should send with any application to a research course comprises:

The research proposal for applicants to research courses in Oncology and Radiobiology should normally be two pages in length, covering areas such as the background to the research, methodology, expected results and the contribution to the field of learning.

Please follow the detailed instructions in the Application Guide, and consult the Oncology website for any additional guidance.

Taught programmes

MSc Radiation Biology

Course Code |  001425

A one-year, full-time, taught course in Radiation Biology leading to the award of an MSc. The course starts with lectures, practical demonstrations and tutorials covering the emerging areas of fundamental biology for oncology and its treatment by radiotherapy. This is followed by a six-month research project to be completed within one of the Institute’s seventeen laboratories. The programme engages students in high-quality basic and clinically-applied research.

This course has close connections with the Oxford Cancer Hospital, the Health Protection Agency and the Technical University of Dresden. The MSc also provides the first year of graduate research training for students, some of whom go on to complete the DPhil in Radiobiology at the University of Oxford.

Further details about the MSc are available via the Oncology website External link

How to Apply

The deadline for this course is 10 January 2014. Places may be available after these dates, please check the Oncology website.

The standard set of materials you should send with any application to a taught course comprises:

Please follow the detailed instructions in the Application Guide, and consult the Oncology website for any additional guidance.

Academic resources

  • Departmental laboratory facilities, including the Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology and Biology
  • Cairns Library
  • Knowledge Centre

We are co-located with scientists from other departments and divisions with similar interests and close to clinical facilities at the John Radcliffe and Churchill hospitals. 

The Centre for Statistics and Medicine is part of the department and works closely with our clinical trials unit.

Graduate destinations

Future research in radiation oncology and biology, radiation protection, in academia or industry. Our graduates also enter the NHS, science administration and publishing.

Related programmes

MSc in Experimental Therapeutics

Two-year part-time modular programme offered in conjunction with the Department for Continuing Education.


In applying for the DPhil in Radiobiology, you may submit further applications for either or both of the following associated programmes without paying an additional application fee:

  • Life Sciences Interface (EPSRC CDT)
  • Systems Biology (EPSRC CDT)

For instructions, see Multiple applications in the Application Guide.

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Main areas of research interests

Research interests on the Oncology website External link

 

Selection criteria

Details of the selection criteria used to assess applicants are available via the Oncology website:


English language requirements

Higher level

 

Funding/awards
  • MRC, Cancer Research UK and industry-funded DPhil studentships
  • Further funding opportunities via the Biomedical Research Centre, Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre, Royal College of Surgeons and similar sources

Studentship information on the Oncology website External link

 

Number of applicants
2012/13
Research degrees (excl. 4-year programme)

106

Taught degrees

22


Number of places available
2013/14
Research degrees

24

Taught degrees

12