Undergraduate oncology

Cancer affects 1 in 3 people at some time during their life and this means that virtually all doctors will come into contact with patients who have or have had cancer. Non-surgical oncology encompasses diagnosis, staging and treatment of cancer with radiotherapy and systemic treatments. The Royal College of Physicians' and the Royal College of Radiologists' Joint Collegiate Council for Oncology (JCCO) wants to ensure that junior doctors are adequately prepared to deal with patients who have cancer.

Undergraduate Non-Surgical Oncology Curriculum

To provide a basis for undergraduate non-surgical oncology teaching the JCCO convened a group of clinical and medical oncologists to produce a non-surgical oncology undergraduate curriculum which is available to download:

Undergraduate Non-Surgical Oncology Curriculum

It is hoped that this curriculum will facilitate medical students gaining the competencies required to enable them to manage patients with cancer appropriately when they graduate.

Oncology for medical students

Medical Science Summer School 

10-21 July 2017 Vienna  Austria

The Medical University of Vienna and the University of Groningen currently collaborate in the organisation of a Medical Sciences Summer School Oncology for Medical Students: in even years the Summer School on Oncology takes place at the University Medical Center Groningen, in uneven years it takes place at the Medical University of Vienna.

Both Summer Schools will be supported by and will collaborate under the umbrella of ESO-ESSO-ESTRO under the auspices of UICC and supported by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Cancer Education.

Further details

Undergraduate elective bursaries - open for application - deadline 31 March 2017

Five bursaries funded by The Royal College of Radiologists are available on an annual basis and are intended to support medical students wishing to undertake an elective period of study in clinical oncology in the UK or abroad.

Apply for a bursary

Undergraduate prizes - open for application - deadline 31 March 2017

An essay prize and a research prize are available for undergraduates annually, funded by the EAR Edinburgh Congress.

Apply for the essay prizeApply for the research prize


BONUS is the British Oncology Network for Undergraduate Societies, a newly developed national organisation created and directed by UK medical students.

The aims of BONUS are to:
*Promote inter-school collaboration 
*Promote oncology and associated specialities 
*To share resources and facilitate networking between students interested in cancer

You can email BONUS to find out more. 

The College will be working with BONUS in the near future so check back regularly for further information.