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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Contact Details

Leicester Cancer Research Centre
Robert Kilpatrick 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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