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The Department of Oncology is a large multidisciplinary department which excels in a wide range of research areas spanning basic science to translational research and clinical trials. The Division of Cancer Medicine sits within the department and focuses on understanding cancer and the biological processes that govern the body's response to it. Our research focuses on immunology,  genome integrity and epigenetics, and metabolism. The department is also home to the Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology whose mission is to explore aspects of radiation biology research that could yield new advances in the treatment of cancer.  As a result, our graduates come from a wide range of scientific backgrounds including biology, medicine, engineering, mathematics, chemistry and physics.

We have an established, world-leading graduate training programme. As part of this, science graduates and clinical research fellows are invited to enrol on one of our postgraduate taught Masters degrees, or apply to undertake a postgraduate research degree leading to an MSc by Research in Oncology or to a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil/PhD). These courses are a critical element in our drive to revolutionise radiation oncology and cancer research in the UK, to make advances in radiation biology, and to translate these into improved clinical outcomes for cancer patients.

Graduate study with us offers the opportunity for students to work with leading scientists in their field and access a comprehensive portfolio of personal and professional skills development. This training excellence gives our students a strong foundation to pursue prestigious scientific or industry-related careers. We hold an Athena SWAN Silver Award in recognition of our efforts to support the careers of female students and staff.