Postgraduate Study

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The Leicester Cancer Research Centre has an excellent record in post-graduate student training. Our strong focus on the aetiology, biology, prevention and treatment of cancer make this an ideal environment for students to progress their studies with an MSc, MPhil, MD or PhD.


Masters courses currently available in Cancer Studies are:

This exciting new course is designed to equip future scientists with the knowledge to make a difference in the understanding and treatment of cancer. The course will take the mechanistic understanding of cancer biology and apply it to the analysis of risk, prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and therapy. Building on a foundation of the understanding of basic cancer cell biology, translational coverage will consider design of treatment modalities, mechanisms of action of anti-cancer drugs, therapy resistance and biomarker discovery. The course will allow the students to gain expertise and knowledge in therapy, cancer chemoprevention, anti-cancer target discovery, clinical trials, imaging, cancer risk and epidemiology and biostatistics. A key component of the course is a five/six-month research project, which will give students an opportunity to study one of these areas in depth.

Course Brochure

For further information on the MSc course, please contact:

Professor G Don Jones

Telephone: +44 (0) 116 252 1841



Postgraduate Research (PhD / MD / MPhil)

The Leicester Cancer Research Centre offers supervision for research degrees of PhD, MPhil, and MD either full-time or part-time. Research projects range from laboratory studies in cell and molecular biology and genetics through to high-impact clinical and translational studies. High quality research training is provided by Centre staff engaged in cutting edge research and postgraduate students are supported throughout their projects.

Each postgraduate student has a supervisor and co-supervisor who are responsible for guiding them through their studies and helping them get the most out of their research training. Student progress is monitored by individual committees comprising 2-3 academics who are independent of the students' supervisors. This progress is overseen by the Centre Academic Committee and Postgraduate tutor. In addition to their projects, students undertake some formal workshop and lecture-based training offered by the College in generic and transferable skills, chosen from a programme of topics, such as intellectual property issues, bioinformatics, and writing and presentation skills.

Integrating with the Department of Genetics and Genome Biology (GGB), there is a Department-wide programme of regular research seminars that all research students are encouraged to attend. In addition, the Centre holds a regular research forum for its research students and a tri-annual Departmental Research Day in conjunction with GGB. Students are also encouraged to present their findings at local, national and international meetings. 

To make an application please click here

For further information please contact:

Academic enquiries:Dr David Guttery Postgraduate Tutor

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Congratulations to all of the MPTC MSc 2017-18 graduating students; in particular to Lilas Al Boushi who was awarded the Sydney King Prize as the best performing student.


The LCRC would like to say a huge “Congratulations” to Sam Khan, Bethan Rogoyski and Sarah Whelan, who scooped a plethora of awards at the 42nd Annual UKEMS Meeting held in Oxford from 2-5th September 2018.  Sam won best oral presentation for "targeting cancer stem-like cells in colorectal cancer" and Bethan and Sarah won young scientist poster awards for "From anti-helminth to anti-cancer: repurposing drugs to prevent mesothelioma" and "Harnessing the link between BRAF-mediated tumourigenesis and metabolism in colorectal cancer", respectively.  WELL DONE ALL!


In a recent exercise undertaken by the NCRI’s Clinical and Translational Radiotherapy Research Working Group (CTRad) Leicester was rated as internationally competitive/leading in the Radiation Biology Research domain, one of just four centres in the UK to achieve this rating in that domain.


All the staff and students in the LCRC extend their congratulations to Bethan Rogoyski and Sam Khan for being awarded travel bursaries from UKEMS and Health Education England respectively so they could attend the Cancer Prevention Conference in Germany.

Bethan presented her poster entitled “From Asbestos to Zinc – Can We Prevent Mesothlioma Using Repurposed Drugs?”

Sam presented her work on TBS2017-122-SK - "Targeting Nanog in colorectal tissue explant models for the evaluation of cancer prevention agents"


Congratulations from the LCRC to the following postgraduate student(s)

Saraa Barsoom on passing her viva  and being awarded her PhD on 16th August 2018


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Contact Details

Leicester Cancer Research Centre
Clinical Sciences Building
University of Leicester
Leicester Royal Infirmary
Leicester LE2 7LX

T: +44 (0) 116 252 3170

(Please note this email address should not be used for clinical referrals or patient correspondence)

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