Department Of Oncology

About Us

The Department of Oncology is home to a dedicated network of cancer specialists, comprising 46 academic, clinical and research faculty, 14 independent research fellows, 22 postdoctoral research scientists and 107 support staff. The Department is part of the Sheffield Cancer Research collaboration of world leading scientists and clinicians who work at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

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We are actively engaged in graduate and postgraduate teaching and research and host around 200 PhD/MD, MSc and BmedSci candidates for the duration of their studies. See the range of postgraduate study opportunities that are available at the Department of Oncology.


The Department of Oncology provides a dynamic, exciting research environment with an internationally important portfolio of basic, clinical and translational cancer research. We receive substantial competitive funding from major research bodies, industry and charities, with our list of sponsors including NIHR, Research Councils UK, Cancer Research UK and Yorkshire Cancer Research. Our scientists are engaged at the cutting-edge of oncology research, and their findings are disseminated through publication in a wide range of national and international forums. Our collaborators include clinicians and scientists in Sheffield, the UK and across the international scientific communities.

Top 10 in the Russell Group for Research Output

Staff in the Department of Oncology are to be congratulated for their important contribution to the excellent results in the REF 2014. Sheffield has been placed in the top 10 in the Russell Group for research outputs in clinical medicine and has been ranked top for subjects allied to healthcare.

This is a tremendous outcome that confirms that our research is of the highest quality.

Academic Units

Research in the Department is undertaken by eight Academic Units:

Our major areas of interest are genome stability, the cell cycle and signal transduction, tumour vascularisation and microenvironment and bone oncology.  We also have major research programmes in breast, lung, urological and haematological oncology.

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