Institute of Cancer Research

Why Institute of Cancer Research?

The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) has an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years and is currently the top-ranked academic institution in the UK for research quality, according to the Times Higher Education league table compiled from the most recent Research Excellence Framework data.

The mission of ICR is to make the discoveries that defeat cancer. To do this, the institute works closely with its partner hospital, the Royal Marsden, to translate research rapidly into patient benefit. This bench-to-bedside approach has led to the ICR and Royal Marsden being ranked within the top four centres for cancer research and treatment worldwide. The ICR is leading a global effort to isolate cancer-related genes and develop new drugs and therapies.

World-class cancer research requires outstanding education and training – at the ICR, the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians work alongside current world-leaders. The ICR provides opportunities for scientists to pursue a PhD, and clinicians the opportunity to work toward a clinical PhD or MD(Res). It also delivers the MSc in Oncology programme to medics wishing to specialise further. Students of the ICR are awarded University of London degrees and are a part of the wider University of London network.

The ICR has also recently developed a partnership with Imperial College London, to further dissolve the barriers between different areas of research, enabling the development of new technologies for cancer diagnosis, monitoring and treatment.

International Students

The ICR recruits staff and students from a wide variety of backgrounds, creating a diverse population full of the best and the brightest minds. Around 30% of staff at the ICR are from outside the UK, representing a total of 56 different countries; within the body of research students, 36 countries are represented.

Previous ICR students have gone on to enjoy successful careers across the globe, with many now world-leaders in their chosen field; around 85% of non-clinical PhD students are in scientific research roles in industry or academia within a year of leaving the ICR.

The ICR strives to ensure that all its students are given the support they need to thrive personally and professionally, with an Employee Assistance Programme, Occupational Health team and active network of Student Wellbeing Advisers available to discuss any problems and issues.

What Students Say:

"One of my main reasons for applying was that the ICR is a world-class academic research centre, offering supreme opportunities to build a rewarding career and to work with some of the brightest people in research. Additionally, I wanted to work in a place where I could do translational research and the ICR is one of the few places that gives you that opportunity thanks to its relationship with The Royal Marsden."

Aleksandra Bielen, Cancer Therapeutics

Quick Facts

  • During the early 20th century, it was assumed that carcinogens caused cancer by damaging proteins directly – the ICR provided the first conclusive evidence that the basic cause of cancer is actually damage to DNA
  • Together with the Royal Marsden Hospital, the ICR produced the first chemotherapeutic agents in Europe, still in use more than 50 years later
  • Many of the cancer-causing chemicals in cigarette smoke were first identified at the ICR, including the first pure carcinogen ever isolated
  • Professor Jacques Miller discovered the function of the thymus whilst working at the ICR. This discovery underpins modern immunology and cancer immunotherapy
  • In 2017, the ICR was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its world-leading research
  • The ICR has about 1,100 staff, 200 research degree students and 150 MSc students
  • In 2017-2018, ICR researchers published more than 1,000 scientific papers

Contact

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237 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW3 6HY

Student Testimonials

"One of my main reasons for applying was that the ICR is a world-class academic research centre, offering supreme opportunities to build a rewarding career and to work with some of the brightest people in research. Additionally, I wanted to work in a place where I could do translational research and the ICR is one of the few places that gives you that opportunity thanks to its relationship with The Royal Marsden."