We have over 200 clinicians, scientists and students who share a common purpose: to improve treatment outcomes for patients with cancer.

• Our work covers the whole spectrum of research – from understanding the biological and molecular differences between normal and malignant cells to using this knowledge to develop new anti-cancer drugs and testing the drugs in clinical trials.
• A unique combination of staff, facilities and close working relationships with companies in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.
• National and international clinical trials networks.
• Our postgraduate community of around 90 students come from a variety of subject backgrounds including biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, genetics, pharmacy, medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine.

Our staff and postgraduate students are based in the Northern Institute for Cancer Research (NICR)  or the School of Chemistry. The NICR incorporates the Newcastle Cancer Centre, a unique collaboration between Cancer Research UK  and the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

The Newcastle Cancer Centre has four inter-related research teams:
• drug discovery and imaging
• solid tumour target discovery
• clinical and translational research
• paediatric oncology and haematology


As a student at Newcastle, you will receive expert advice and guidance from a dedicated supervisory team and have access to relevant research facilities:

• state-of-the-art laboratories
• a full range of contemporary genomic, proteomic, synthetic chemistry and pharmacology equipment
• clinical research facilities

MSc and MRes Programmes

We offer two specialist MRes programmes in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, and Cancer.

For qualified health professionals, our web-based distance learning taught programmes in oncology and palliative care cover all aspects of delivering seamless care to patients. The programmes have been developed by, and are delivered in association with, the Northern Centre for Cancer Care.

Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.

Research Degrees

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

We have approximately 15 PhD and integrated MRes/PhD studentships available each year, including:
• the Newcastle Cancer Centre training programme,
• the CR-UK Medicinal Chemistry Studentship Training Scheme
• the PRO-NEST Training Programme.

Postgraduate degrees in this subject area: