Work or study with us

The CIIC is committed to providing the highest quality training in cancer immunology and immunotherapy for the next generation of academics and clinicians.

laboratoryAcademics in the CIIC contribute to a variety of taught and research-based programmes offered at the University of Birmingham. These range from the BSc in Biomedical Science programme which is suitable for undergraduates, through a number of Masters courses including the MSc in Immunology and Immunotherapy, MSc in Clinical Oncology, and the MRes in Cancer Sciences, and also include a choice of different PhD programmes.

Maria Sharif, former Cancer Sciences MRes student

Cancer Sciences MRes

“Cancer Sciences MRes is a fantastic course which combines both taught and research elements in a number of fields, including cancer genomics, immunology and immunotherapy. The large research component of the course is a highlight and fantastic opportunity to gain good laboratory experience and learn various new skills. This course helped me build my knowledge and expertise in a plethora of techniques, especially in the field of cancer immunology, which is a research area I am interested in. Gaining all this excellent experience allowed me to get on to do a PhD in this fascinating field.”

A variety of PhD programmes are available, both non-clinical and clinical. These include a four year non-clincial PhD programme funded by the Cancer Research UK Birmingham Centre. We also welcome applications from self-funded students, either UK-based or international.

We also support clinical candidates to apply for a number of three year clinical PhD fellowships, including a variety of external clinical PhD fellowship schemes funded by external funding bodies or charities, such as the Medical Research Council or the Wellcome Trust.

All funded PhD studentships available within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences are advertised on the Doctoral ReSEARCHer Database. Studentship opportunities are advertised through the year, the majority in the autumn.


International students

We welcome applications from high quality self-funded international students, for both Masters courses and PhD courses, and our staff are experienced in guiding you through the application process. If you are an international student considering studying with the CIIC, please contact Professor Ben Willcox, and check out the University of Birmingham’s International students’ webpage.

PhD programmes

Non-clinical PhD programmes

National Clinical PhD fellowships

We support candidates to apply to national schemes funding Clinical PhD fellowships, including the Medical Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellowship scheme, and Wellcome Trust-funded schemes.