The Institute of Cancer Research

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The ICR was founded in 1909 as The Cancer Hospital Research Institute, a small research laboratory within what would become The Royal Marsden in Chelsea. It was officially opened by Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, in 1911 during his visit to award The Royal Marsden its Royal Charter.


The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is the UK’s leading academic research centre and a postgraduate college of the University of London.The University is committed to educating and training the next generation of researchers and clinicians. The PhD students conduct world-class research projects, while the MSc in Oncology teaches about the latest in clinical practice.


    • Their science strategy, Making the discoveries: our strategy to defeat cancer, offers a bold and ambitious vision that will speed up our progress against cancer.

    • The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust will together focus their efforts on solving the single biggest problem in cancer research.

    • Cancer is so difficult to treat because it is enormously complex, and as its molecular make-up changes, it can evolve and adapt to changes in its environment — and become resistant to treatment.

    • The new joint research strategy sets out clear steps to defeat cancer, by confronting its ability to adapt and evolve.


    • The Institute of Cancer Research aims to attract the best people in cancer research across the range of our activities, and can offer an excellent working environment, competitive salaries and good staff benefits. They provide a range of career opportunities in scientific research, research support, and professional and administrative positions.

    • The majority of ICR employees are directly engaged in research, in scientific or clinical roles. They also have senior staff scientists who may run part of a team, specialise in a particular area of research .

    • Teams also include postdoctoral training fellows and staff scientists, and a number of specialist research roles such as bioinformaticians.

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Housing services

As members of the University of London, full time students at The Institute of Cancer Research may apply to join a waiting list for a place in intercollegiate halls.

Although the ICR does not have any student accommodation of its own, there are some great services available to its students looking for a place to live.

These include the University of London Housing Services, which provides advice to students seeking private accommodation; and Goodenough College, a private postgraduate hall of residence in Russell Square, London.

Library services

The library and information service supports the academic and clinical work of The Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

The library on the Sutton site is open to visitors, and borrowing rights are granted to visitors from academic institutions that are a member of the SCONUL Access Scheme.

ICT services

Wireless Internet access is available to guests of a member of staff at the ICR for business needs related to the HEI sector. The host at ICR will be able to provide the correct username and password for each visitor.

Medical services

Most people are covered for emergency healthcare and dental care through the National Health Service (NHS), but you will still need to register with a local doctor and dentist.

NHS dentists provide dental care at a low fixed cost. You can register with an NHS dentist or you can choose to use a private dentist at a higher cost.

Student Life

Campus life

Both sites contain meeting rooms of various sizes, lecture theatres for internal and external seminars, and PhD study rooms, which can be booked by students for quiet study. In addition, both sites have a staff restaurant, serving hot and cold food and drink throughout the day.

Sports facilities

The Sutton site also houses some excellent recreational facilities including: a gym which is free to all staff; an extensive research library; and a sports and social club which has an indoor swimming pool, bar, squash court and a large sports hall. Membership of the club is free to all staff (there is a small charge for some activities and the pool).

Student clubs

Student committee representatives attend various institute-wide committees, from the Board of Trustees (the equivalent of a university council) through to the Academic Board (which has both taught course and research degree student members) and committees such as the fundraising committee and The Institute of Cancer Research social committees.


As a college of the University of London, the ICR receives funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). To safeguard our position and provide for the sustainable expansion, the University aim to continually increase and diversify our sources of income.

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