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Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences MPhil/PhD MD/(Res)

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Overview

The School of Cancer and Pharmaceutical Sciences comprises of the Comprehensive Cancer Centre (CCC) and the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (IPS).

Within the Comprehensive Cancer Centre there are thirteen research programmes and 20 research groups. Find out more here.

The Institute of Pharmaceutical Science has three main research themes of Drug Discovery; Medicines Development and Delivery; and Medicines Use. Find out more here, and view Current opportunities here

We collaborate extensively with scientists and clinicians across KCL and within King’s Health Partners (KHP).

  • REF2014: Clinical Medicine (which included the Cancer return) was ranked 3rd for quality and Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy (which included the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science return) was ranked 2nd for power.
  • Research income: £13.4m per year
  • Current number of academic staff: 75
  • Current number of graduate research students: 200
  • Current number of research staff: 130

Current research projects: 

Comprehensive Cancer Centre Research Programmes

Institute of Pharmaceutical Science Research Programmes  

Key information

Duration 3-4 years Full time, 6-7 years part-time

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

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Description

The overarching objective of the Comprehensive Cancer Centre is to combine research excellence with innovations in clinical practice to improve cancer patient care and therefore our research goes from basic biological research through to translational cancer research to clinical trials. We have a particular focus on tumour microenvironment, imaging and immunotherapy, which are the themes of our Cancer Research UK King's Health Partners'  Cancer Centre'.

Each of the three themes within IPS includes clusters of research activity, some of which have evolved during the past decade (e.g., drug delivery, chemical biology, pharmaceutical biophysics, pharmacology), and some of which have joined KCL more recently such as enhanced activity in anticancer and anti-infective drug discovery, nanomedicines, substance abuse, health psychology, and clinical pharmacy. Researchers within and across the three themes interact both informally and via joint initiatives to promote cross-disciplinary research.

For further information about the research within the School, please refer to the School website which can be found here:

Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Institute of Pharmaceutical Science

Course study environment

Students work alongside researchers and are supervised by two members of academic staff. Each student has a dedicated Thesis Progression Committee that monitors the students’ progress and gives advice and support.

 

Postgraduate training

KCL offers a large number of training and skills development opportunities. Participation in the annual Postgraduate Research Symposium is compulsory for all students and provides an opportunity to improve science communication and presentation skills. Opportunities are available for postgraduate students to present their work at national and international scientific meetings. Our postgraduate students also have the opportunity to assist with teaching of undergraduates as demonstrators in practical classes or by leading tutorials.

 

Head of group/division

Professor Tony Ng and Professor Ben Forbes

Contact for information

Postgraduate Research Admissions Enquiries

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000

Contact email

Please fill in the Admissions enquiry Form

School contacts

PGR Lead: Professor Joy Burchell (email joy.burchell@kcl.ac.uk)

PGR Lead: Dr Simon Pitchford (email simon.pitchford@kcl.ac.uk)

PGR Lead: Dr Alan Ramsay (email alan.ramsay@kcl.ac.uk)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum UK requirements

 

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in a science, medicine, or dentistry (or overseas equivalent)

A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Master's degree with Merit or above.

International requirements

 

Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.

English Language requirements

Band D

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Please do not complete an application form until you have spoken with and have confirmation from your preferred supervisor. Information about research staff can be found on King’s Research Portal here: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/ 

Application procedure

Funded studentships are advertised here: Health Schools Studentships website .

All applicants are required to complete the online application form. Please do not complete an application form until you have spoken with and have confirmation from your preferred supervisor. Information about research staff can be found on King’s Research Portal here: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/ 

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed by at least two academics. Proposed research projects must be approved by the Schoolbefore an offer can be made.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Personal Statement

Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study

Yes

A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.

 References

Yes

Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.

 Other

Optional

You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

 

Course intake

No set target

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier. 

  • February 2021 entry – 23rd October 2020 for international applicants and 23rd November 2020 for Home/EU applicants 

  • June 2021 entry - 12th April 2021 for international and Home/EU applicants 

  • October 2021 entry – 30th July 2021 for international/EU applicants and 27th August 2021 for Home applicants 

  • February 2022 entry – 12th November 2021 for international/EU applicants and 6th December 2021 for Home applicants 

  • June 2022 entry – 1st April 2022 for international/EU applicants and 11th April 2022 for Home applicants 

Applications for 2022/23 academic year will open from October 2021. 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees:

£5,560 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£5,560 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£5,560 per year (MDRes)

£5,560 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£2,780  per year (MPhil/PhD)

£2,780 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£2,780 per year (MDRes)

£2,780 per year (MDRes Clinical)

UK Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees:

£5,850 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£5,850 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£5,850 per year (MDRes)

£5,850 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£2,925  per year (MPhil/PhD)

£2,925 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£2,925 per year (MDRes)

£2,925 per year (MDRes Clinical)

These Tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsquent years of study, in line with King's terms and conditions.

International Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees:  

£24,570 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£46,720 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£24,570 per year (MDRes)

£46,720 per year (MDRes Clinical)  

Part time tuition fees:

£12,285 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£23,360 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£12,285  per year (MDRes)

£23,360 per year (MDRes Clinical)

International Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees:  

£25,800 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£49,050 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£25,800 per year (MDRes)

£49,050 per year (MDRes Clinical)  

Part time tuition fees:

£12,900 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£24,525 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£12,900  per year (MDRes)

£24,525 per year (MDRes Clinical)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions. 

 

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