Clinical oncology undergraduate essay prize



Formerly known as the Edinburgh EAR Congress Essay Prize

The clinical oncology undergraduate essay prize is for an essay either on a topic relevant to clinical oncology or describing personal experience of working in a department of clinical oncology during an elective period or vacation. The successful applicant may be invited to present a talk about their essay at the appropriate RCR meeting.          

See a list of previous prize winners




UK medical students

How to apply

Applications should be submitted by email to no later than 17:00 pm on Friday 31 March 2023. The Royal College of Radiologists' clinical oncology undergraduate committee will consider the applications and decide on a winning essay. Their decision is final and binding. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after the decision. 

Applications should include:

  • An indication of which prize the application is for
  • The student's full name, permanent address, and medical school.
  • The essay, which should not exceed 4000 words including references and tables. Please note that only the first 4000 words will be assessed.
  • A supporting statement from a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists or Medical School lead, who is aware of the student's work, confirming the essay, is the original work of the applicant.

Assessment criteria

  • Background information/research
  • Relevance of subject matter (a focus on radiotherapy will be highly valued)
  • Essay structure and presentation
  • Quality of report
  • Conclusion

Enquiries should be directed to

Presentation from our 2021 prize winner

Patrick McAleavey, a final year medical student at Queen's University Belfast, discusses his prize-winning essay on 'Drug-radiotherapy combinations in glioblastoma.' 

This presentation was developed independently and the information provided in this video does not represent RCR guidance or endorsement.