As part of the Cancer Research UK Clinical Academic Training Programme, the intercalated PhD (iPhD) Programme is funded between Imperial College London and the Institute of Cancer Research, London.


This iPhD will train clinical academics to work on multidisciplinary projects converging cancer research and the engineering and physical sciences. It is intended for outstanding undergraduate students on the MBBS/BSc degree course and offers you the opportunity to include a PhD as part of your course. The PhD consists of 3 years research to be undertaken after the successful completion of the intercalated BSc (iBSc) in year 4 of the MBBS degree. Students will re-enter undergraduate medical education at year 5 after the completion of the PhD training.


Timeline showing where phd fits in medical degree

What is available?

The iPhD is fully funded for UK medical undergraduate students who have undertaken an intercalated BSc at the Imperial medical school - which is typically around 340 students each year. Funding supports a tax-free stipend, home fees and consumables costs. Overseas students are also eligible; however, before offers can be made, you must secure support for the difference in international fees.

The application and recruitment process


Stage 1: Supervisor connections

This is a meeting designed to build cross-institutional supervisory teams and to showcase the breath of engineering and physical science expertise at Imperial, and the cutting-edge cancer research undertaken at the ICR. Supervisors attending this meeting will be given the opportunity to present their research to help connect and integrate approaches in the creation of a preliminary iPhD proposal. It is usually held in the summer of each year. If you are an ICR or Imperial supervisor and you are interested in attending one of our future meetings, please email Dr Garrick Wilson (


Stage 2: Preliminary PhD proposals

The preliminary application stage is to showcase the types of research projects available to prospective students. Prior to showcasing, the proposals will be reviewed by the Clinical Academic Training Subcommittee to ascertain whether they meet the remit (cancer-lead and taking a convergence science approach) of this programme. Proposals in remit will be showcased in October each year.


Stage 3: Establishing student-supervisor teams

The medical undergraduates will review the preliminary proposals and select up to three projects that they would like to undertake if interested to do a PhD. The supervisor will be notified, and meeting will be arranged to discuss the opportunity informally. After meeting with the supervisor, students will submit their preferred choices of project/supervisor. Subject to agreement by the supervisor - both parties will work as partners to develop and submit a comprehensive PhD proposal.


Stage 4: Interviews

An interview with the Clinical Academic Training Subcommittee will be arranged for the candidate, which will include the student and supervisor team to explore the quality, suitability, feasibility, support provided by the supervisory team, and the motivation of the candidate student. Decisions are usually made in May with the commencement of the iPhD in July.


Further information

For more information on this exciting opportunity send an email to Dr Garrick Wilson (


Convergence Science PhD Supervisor Code of Practice
iPhD Prelim Guidelines 2023
iPhD Prelim Application Form 2023

Training the next generation of convergence scientists

Training the next generation of convergence scientists