Students Staff

28 July 2016

Training the cancer researchers of the future

Professor Klenova

Professor Elena Klenova

A new generation of cancer researchers are to be taught at the University of Essex from October in a unique new course for the East of England.

Cancer research needs to develop the next generation of cancer researchers to help beat cancer and this new MSc Cancer Biology course will help bridge that gap.

The University of Essex has a strong team of experienced cancer researchers who will be offering specialist teaching on the course.

Clinicians at the Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust will also be involved in teaching both at the hospital and at the University’s Colchester Campus. The students will also benefit from the University’s links with external cancer research organisations, including Cancer Research UK’s Cambridge Institute.

“This is an exciting and important step for cancer research in the East of England,” explained course leader Professor Elena Klenova. “Trained cancer researchers are in high demand and we are pleased that the region can now train the cancer researchers we need for the future to help beat this disease.”

During the 12 months course, the students will develop knowledge and expertise in specific cancer types, emerging trends in cancer research and the clinical aspects of cancer. They will learn the most up-to-date skills and techniques used in contemporary cancer research. There will be opportunities for the students to carry our research projects in the University laboratories, as well as in hospital and industry settings.


For more details please contact the University of Essex Communications Office on 01206 872400 or email

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