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Cancer Biology

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The Cancer Biology Graduate Program provides integrated international training, throughout the Master's degree and PhD. This interdisciplinary and translational program in cancer biology is closely aligned with the University of Bordeaux's initiative of excellence in oncology.

The Program

The ​​​​​​Cancer Biology Graduate Program focuses on knowledge, innovation and cross-disciplinary research, geared towards top-notch scientific research with a particular interest in multidisciplinary approaches to the study of cancer. It was set up with the support of public research facilities - such as the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the French National Institute of Health & Medical Research (Inserm), the Bordeaux University Hospital Centre, the Institut Bergonié, the National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (Inria) - and selected by the Plan Investissement d'Avenir or Investment for the Future Program (project: Graduate School for junior researchers at the University of Bordeaux / UB GRS, reference 20-SFRI-0001).

The program includes integrated training covering the fundamental cellular and molecular mechanisms of cancer biology, through translational, clinical and technological research, including new technologies and multidisciplinary approaches to oncology. The program encourages students to immerse themselves in a research environment through laboratory internships from the Master's level onwards, with the possibility of pursuing a PhD in Life and Health Sciences (specialising in Cancer Biology).

Some key figures

  • 1 Master's program
  • 7 teaching units
  • 14 PhD students
  • 35 alumni
  • 5+ research units (CNRS, BRIC, INSERM, Bordeaux University Hospital Centre, Institut Bergonié, IBGC etc.)

Innovation_Idee.pngWhy join the Cancer Biology program?

  • To work closely with a network of research laboratories (INSERM, CNRS, University of Bordeaux and international laboratories) who deal with a wide range of issues in oncology (Oncosphere network).
  • To gain expertise in cutting-edge technologies for cancer modelling, diagnosis and treatment.
  • To study in a strong interdisciplinary research and learning environment which provides students with the opportunity to interact with all those working in oncology: biologists, clinicians and other healthcare professionals as well as physicians, mathematicians, chemists, computer scientists and philosophers of science.
  • To take advantage of a fully internationalised program, ensuring the interculturality of the cohort.

Joining the program at Master's level

You can apply for the Cancer Biology Master's program (specialising in Biology and Health Sciences). 

Before applying:

  1. Check out the full details of the Master's program courses and the language in which they are taught.
  2. Find out about the registration fees and the cost of studying in Bordeaux.
  3. Identify the application procedure best suited to your situation. Are you an international candidate? Visit this page to check whether your are eligible for the Etudes En France (EEF) joint admission and visa application process.

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Admission requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent of 180 ECTS for EU citizens) in biology or in another area of life sciences.
  • You must have a high level of English ((at least B2, according to the CEFR scale) as the program is taught exclusively in English. However, you do not need to prove that you are fluent in French to be accepted into this program.

Funding opportunities:

Students who are accepted into the program at Master's level, regardless of their nationality, can request financial assistance for their incoming mobility project to attend courses at the University of Bordeaux.


Joining the program at PhD level

Are you enrolled in a PhD in cancer biology with the Doctoral School of Health and Life Sciences? The "Cancer Biology cohort" welcomes you and the program's Master's students, with the aim of strengthening ties between junior researchers and the rest of the scientific community in oncology.

  • to join the Cancer Biology cohort:  all you need to do is to be enrolled in a PhD at the University of Bordeaux and make sure that the topic of your thesis is directly related to cancer biology.

Are you working on a subject related to cancer biology? Then get in touch with us! We will send you the application form and the Cancer Biology doctoral student charter. After review and approval by the programme's steering committee, you'll join the cohort!

2Chapeaux_Etudiants.png The program provides the members of the cohort with specific doctoral training, based on their needs, such as:

  • monthly interdisciplinary oncology seminars;
  • research projects in the laboratories of the Oncosphere and their international partners;
  • conferences, research seminars and workshops on cancer organised by the Biological and Medical Sciences department, the Oncosphere cancer research network and the Bordeaux Oncology Integrated Research Site (SIRIC BRIO);
  • attending the annual meeting of the Cancéropole Grand-Sud-Ouest, or Greater South-West Cancer Research Cluster;
  • attending the Doctoral School of Health and Life Sciences Scientific Day;
  • organising and attending the Cancer Biology Graduate Program Scientific Day for Master's and PhD students, and junior researchers in oncology, in conjunction with the Oncosphere Scientific Days.

Enroll via ADUM to validate your training hours.

Globe.png Thinking about a mobility project, but need financial assistance?

If your project does not meet the requirements of other international mobility funding options, you can apply for support from the program in order to attend a conference, carry out research, attend a training course or summer school, or any other occasional event abroad.

  • contact us for more information on how we can support occasional international mobility projects


Funding opportunities and PhD positions

Funding for a PhD position in Cancer Biology can be obtained within the framework of the Doctoral School of Health and Life Sciences selection process.

The PhD Scholarship call for application is now open ! You are willing to apply for a PhD in Bordeaux and are an international student (see conditions) ? Then have a look at our available subjects for Fall 2024 : click here !

Contact us

  • Zoé HENRY

    Project officer


  • Christine VARON

    Program director


  • Sandrine POGLIO

    Head of studies


  • José-Eduardo GOMES

    Partnership manager


  • Nicolas LARMONIER

    Partnership manager