Leicester Cancer Research Centre Studentship

Qualification: PhD

Department: Cancer Research Centre

Application deadline: Open until filled

Start date: 28 September 2020



  • To be determined


Applicants can propose their own research topic but are advised to view the research interests of the Leicester Cancer Research Centre before applying.

The Leicester Cancer Research Centre (LCRC) provides an optimal research environment; it is a dynamic, multidisciplinary unit comprising 59 academic, clinical, research and professional services staff and holding live grants with a total value of over £12.5 million. The Centre is recognised internationally for its world-class research in cancer, notably chemoprevention, early detection, radiation biology and precision medicine approaches. We have a broad portfolio of studies in thoracic oncology and lymphoid malignancies with more focused interests in colorectal, pancreatic and breast cancers as well as melanoma and endometrial cancer, bringing together basic and clinical scientists and having excellent links with the Leicester Academic Health Partnership (University, NHS University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) acute NHS Trust and Leicester Partnership Trust. Complementing this, the LCRC hosts the Leicester Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC), which aims to discover and develop novel therapeutics as potential cancer chemopreventive agents and/or as adjuncts to chemotherapy, as well as biomarker studies informing treatment decisions and monitor the effectiveness of therapies. It is also closely linked with the Hope Clinical Trials Unit, which has generated and sustained a critical mass of infrastructure providing the capability to perform all phases of studies including first in human.

The LCRC has an extensive record of developing future leaders through a comprehensive, high-quality PhD training programme in conjunction with world-leading experts in numerous cancer fields. To ensure the continued success of the Centre and develop the next generation of independent scientists, an opportunity has arisen for a 3-year PhD studentship, funded jointly by the College of Life Sciences and Hope Against Cancer that will complement a dynamic and interdisciplinary team of researchers working at the cutting edge of translational science. 

Along with high-quality project-specific training, through the Doctoral College the student will undergo a comprehensive development programme, tailored to their specific needs, with an emphasis on transferable skills including research effectiveness, engagement and impact, personal effectiveness (including leadership), methods and tools, career management and academic writing. The student will also be encouraged to attend conferences and various symposia to build their own networks and begin developing their independence, as well as presenting at our own PGR Seminar Day, which celebrates the achievements of our PhD students and encourages collaboration within our PGR community. 

Overall, this exciting opportunity offers to develop a highly talented PhD student under the supervision of a team of internationally recognised cancer experts that will not only ensure highly impactful research, but also deliver an independent scientist with the potential to become a future leader.



This 3-year PhD Studentship provides:

  • UK/EU tuition fee waiver
  • Annual stipend at UKRI rates

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

UK Bachelor Degree with at least 2:1 in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent.

Applicants with a lower degree may be considered if they have a Merit at Master’s level in a relevant subject.

*A Master’s degree in a relevant field would be advantageous.

University of Leicester English language requirements apply (where applicable).

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

For all informal enquiries, please contact Dr David Guttery (Postgraduate tutor) or Mrs Heather Smith (PGR administrator). 

How to apply

How to apply

To apply, please use the 'Apply' button at the bottom of the page.

  • Within the application form please specify that you wish to be considered for a Leicester Cancer Research Centre 2020 Studentship
  • Provide a brief (1,000 word maximum) research proposal



UK/EU applicants only.