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Clinical Sciences - PhD/ MSc by Research

Annual tuition fee for 2024/25: UK: £4,778 International: £27,360

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Our Clinical Sciences PhD/MSc by Research in the  Institute of Clinical Sciences  will provide you with the skills to contribute to research and transform you into a professional equipped with the knowledge and skills to deliver leading, 21st century healthcare and carry out life-changing medical research.

We continue to carry out cutting-edge research, particularly in the fields of dentistry, nursing and pharmacy, and you will work amongst the very best researchers to produce original and distinctive world-leading research. 

Our PhD/MSc by Research program is intended for students who wish to obtain high quality research training that will enable them to conduct independent investigative research.

You will work closely with your supervisory team who will help you clarify your project and support your development. Your thesis will represent an original contribution to knowledge and demonstrate independent judgement.

For all you need to know about our staff, news, research areas and the impact of our research visit the Institute of Clinical Sciences.

Why study this course?

When you join your programme you will become part of the Graduate School within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences  giving you access to:

  • Supervision from leading academics to support you through your research programme including research techniques and training.
  • Training and development courses to enable you to gain research and generic (transferable) training skills.
  • Opportunities to attend and take part in Research Poster festivals and other postgraduate activities to boost your academic and networking skills.
  • An allocated academic mentor so you can access pastoral support.
  • State-of-the art facilities to support a range of teaching, learning and research activity with access to dedicated write up rooms, libraries, and computer facilities.

You will also become part of the wider University of Birmingham postgraduate research community located at Westmere House where you have access to training and skills development, careers and employability advice, wellbeing and counselling services as well as welcome activities and events.

Ask a student mentor

The best people to ask about postgraduate study are the students that have done it. Our mentor scheme enables you to directly contact student mentors with any questions that you have about studying here and will offer help and advice from a student perspective. Please feel free to contact the mentors directly using the question box on their profile page.

PhD and MSc by Research Lab: UK: £4,778 full-time, £2,389 part-time International: £27,360 full-time, £13,680 part-time

MSc by Research full-time Non-Lab: UK: £4,778 International: £21,360

MSc by Research part-time Non-Lab: UK: £2,389 International: £10,680

The fees quoted are for one year only. If you are studying over two or more years, tuition fees will also be payable in subsequent years.

Find out about our latest vacancies and scholarship opportunities by searching our  Doctoral Researcher Database .

We welcome enquiries from students who have obtained funding and self-funded students looking to conduct research in other areas and encourage prospective doctoral students to  contact our staff  to discuss their intended area of study. 

To search for postgraduate research funding opportunities to support your studies at the University of Birmingham use our funding database .

How To Apply

Before you make your application.

When submitting an application for any postgraduate programme, you are also required to submit supporting documentation to accompany your application form. To give your application the best chance of success follow our  step-by-step guide .

Making your application

If you have got everything ready to apply then please go to the Apply Now button at the top of this page. We look forward to receiving your application.

International applicants

We encourage you to apply early, so that you have plenty of time to prepare the necessary travel, study and immigration documents. In some cases, it may be a time-consuming process. You will find further information and guidance for prospective students regarding visas and immigration on our Student Help pages.

After you have submitted your application

Once you've completed your online application and submitted it electronically, it will be checked by staff in the Postgraduate Admissions team before being sent to the College of Medical and Dental Sciences for consideration. Selection processes differ depending on the type of application you have made.

If you need any help with you application or have any further queries please contact us:

Email: [email protected] Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 5005

You may wish to register your interest with us to receive regular news and updates on postgraduate life within this Department and the wider University.

  • How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate research programme, you will need to submit your application and supporting documents online. We have put together some helpful information on the research programme application process and supporting documents on our how to apply page . Please read this information carefully before completing your application.

Our Standard Requirements

2:1 honours degree in a subject relevant to the research area you applying to.

International Requirements

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree, with a GPA of 14/20 from a recognised institution to be considered. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Holders of the Licenciado or an equivalent professional title from a recognised Argentinian university, with a promedio of at least 7.5, may be considered for entry to a postgraduate degree programme. Applicants for PhD degrees will normally have a Maestria or equivalent

Applicants who hold a Masters degree will be considered for admission to PhD study.

Holders of a good four-year Diplomstudium/Magister or a Masters degree from a recognised university with a minimum overall grade of 2.5 will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Students with a good 5-year Specialist Diploma or 4-year Bachelor degree from a recognised higher education institution in Azerbaijan, with a minimum GPA of 4/5 or 80% will be considered for entry to postgraduate taught programmes at the University of Birmingham.

For postgraduate research programmes applicants should have a good 5-year Specialist Diploma (completed after 1991), with a minimum grade point average of 4/5 or 80%, from a recognised higher education institution or a Masters or “Magistr Diplomu” or “Kandidat Nauk” from a recognised higher education institution in Azerbaijan.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree, with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 75% from a recognised institution to be considered. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a Bachelors degree and will usually be required to have completed a Masters degree, with a CGPA of 3.0-3.3/4.0 or higher for 2:1 equivalency from a recognised institution to be considered for entry. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Students who hold a Masters degree from the University of Botswana with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 3.5/5.0 (70%/B/'very good') will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees.

Please note 4-year bachelor degrees from the University of Botswana are considered equivalent to a Diploma of Higher Education. 5-year bachelor degrees from the University of Botswana are considered equivalent to a British Bachelor (Ordinary) degree.

Students who have completed a Masters degree from a recognised institution will be considered for PhD study.

A Licenciatura or Bacharelado degree from a recognised Brazilian university:

  • A grade of 7.5/10 for entry to programmes with a 2:1 requirement
  • A grade of 6.5/10for entry to programmes with a 2:2 requirement

Holders of a good Bachelors degree with honours (4 to 6 years) from a recognised university with a upper second class grade or higher will be considered for entry to taught postgraduate programmes.  Holders of a good Masters degree from a recognised university will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Holders of a good post-2001 Masters degree from a recognised university will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Students with a minimum average of 14 out of 20 (or 70%) on a 4-year Licence, Bachelor degree or Diplôme d'Etudes Superieures de Commerce (DESC) or Diplôme d'Ingénieur or a Maîtrise will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees.

Holders of a bachelor degree with honours from a recognised Canadian university may be considered for entry to a postgraduate degree programme. A GPA of 3.0/4, 7.0/9 or 75% is usually equivalent to a UK 2.1.

Holders of the Licenciado or equivalent Professional Title from a recognised Chilean university will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. Applicants for PhD study will preferably hold a Magister degree or equivalent.

Students with a bachelor’s degree (4 years minimum) may be considered for entry to a postgraduate degree programme. However please note that we will only consider students who meet the entry guidance below.  Please note: for the subject areas below we use the Shanghai Ranking 2022 (full table)  ,  Shanghai Ranking 2023 (full table) , and Shanghai Ranking of Chinese Art Universities 2023 .

需要具备学士学位(4年制)的申请人可申请研究生课程。请根据所申请的课程查看相应的入学要求。 请注意,中国院校名单参考 软科中国大学排名2022(总榜) ,  软科中国大学排名2023(总榜) ,以及 软科中国艺术类高校名单2023 。  

Business School    - MSc programmes (excluding MBA)  

商学院硕士课程(MBA除外)入学要求

Group 1 一类大学

 Grade requirement
均分要求75%  

院校

Group 2 二类大学

 grade requirement
均分要求80% 

软科中国大学排名2022(总榜)或软科中国大学排名2023(总榜)排名前100的大学

非‘985工程’的其他 院校

以及以下两所大学:

University of Chinese Academy of Sciences 中国科学院大学
University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 中国社会科学院大学

Group 3 三类大学

 grade requirement
均分要求85% 

软科中国大学排名2022(总榜)或 软科中国大学排名2023(总榜)101-200位的大学

School of Computer Science – all MSc programmes 计算机学院硕士课程入学要求

Group 1 一类大学

Grade requirement
均分要求75%  

院校

Group 2 二类大学

grade requirement
均分要求80% 

院校

Group 3 三类大学

grade requirement
均分要求85% 

College of Social Sciences – courses listed below 社会科学 学院部分硕士课程入学要求 MA Education  (including all pathways) MSc TESOL Education MSc Public Management MA Global Public Policy MA Social Policy MA Sociology Department of Political Science and International Studies  全部硕士课程 International Development Department  全部硕士课程

Group 1 一类大学

 Grade requirement
均分要求75%  

院校

Group 2 二类大学

grade requirement
均分要求80% 

院校

Group 3 三类大学

grade requirement
均分要求85% 

  All other programmes (including MBA)   所有其他 硕士课程(包括 MBA)入学要求

Group 1 一类大学

Grade requirement
均分要求75%  

院校

Group 2 二类大学

grade requirement
均分要求80% 

院校

Group 3 三类大学

grade requirement
均分要求85% 

Group 4 四类大学

We will consider students from these institutions ONLY on a case-by-case basis with minimum 85% if you have a relevant degree and very excellent grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience.

来自四类大学的申请人均分要求最低85%,并同时具有出色学术背景,优异的专业成绩,以及(或)相关的工作经验,将酌情考虑。

 

 

Please note:

  • Borderline cases: We may consider students with lower average score (within 5%) on a case-by-case basis if you have a relevant degree and very excellent grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience. 如申请人均分低于相应录取要求(5%以内),但具有出色学术背景,优异的专业成绩,以及(或)相关的工作经验,部分课程将有可能单独酌情考虑。
  • Please contact the China Recruitment Team for any questions on the above entry requirements. 如果您对录取要求有疑问,请联系伯明翰大学中国办公室   [email protected]

Holders of the Licenciado/Professional Title from a recognised Colombian university will be considered for our Postgraduate Diploma and Masters degrees. Applicants for PhD degrees will normally have a Maestria or equivalent.

Holders of a good bachelor degree with honours (4 to 6 years) from a recognised university with a upper second class grade or higher will be considered for entry to taught postgraduate programmes.  Holders of a good Masters degree from a recognised university will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Holders of a good Bacclaureus (Bachelors) from a recognised Croatian Higher Education institution with a minimum overall grade of 4.0 out of 5.0, vrlo dobar ‘very good’, or a Masters degree, will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Holders of a Bachelors degree(from the University of the West Indies or the University of Technology) may be considered for entry to a postgraduate degree programme. A Class II Upper Division degree is usually equivalent to a UK 2.1. For further details on particular institutions please refer to the list below.  Applicants for PhD level study will preferably hold a Masters degree or Mphil from the University of the West Indies.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a good Bachelors degree from a recognised institution with a minimum overall grade of 6.5 out of 10, or a GPA of 3 out of 4, and will usually be required to have completed a good Masters degree to be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Holders of a good Bakalár from a recognised Czech Higher Education institution with a minimum overall grade of 1.5, B, velmi dobre ‘very good’ (post-2004) or 2, velmi dobre ‘good’ (pre-2004), or a good post-2002 Magistr (Masters), will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a good Bachelors degree from a recognised institution with a minimum overall grade of 7-10 out of 12 (or 8 out of 13) or higher for 2:1 equivalence and will usually be required to have completed a good Masters/ Magisterkonfereus/Magister Artium degree to be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Holders of the Licenciado or an equivalent professional title from a recognised Ecuadorian university may be considered for entry to a postgraduate degree programme. Grades of 70% or higher can be considered as UK 2.1 equivalent.  Applicants for PhD level study will preferably hold a Magister/Masterado or equivalent qualification, but holders of the Licenciado with excellent grades can be considered.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree, with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 75% from a recognised institution. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Holders of a good Bakalaurusekraad from a recognised university with a minimum overall grade of 4/5 or B, or a good one- or two-year Magistrikraad from a recognised university, will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Students who hold a Masters degree with very good grades (grade B, 3.5/4 GPA or 85%) will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. 

Holders of a good Kandidaatti / Kandidat (old system), a professional title such as Ekonomi, Diplomi-insinööri, Arkkitehti, Lisensiaatti (in Medicine, Dentistry and Vetinary Medicine), or a Maisteri / Magister (new system), Lisensiaatti / Licenciat, Oikeustieteen Kandidaatti / Juris Kandidat (new system) or Proviisori / Provisor from a recognised Finnish Higher Education institution, with a minimum overall grade of 2/3 or 4/5, will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a should hold a Bachelors degree and will usually be required to have completed a Masters/Maîtrise with a minimum overall grade of 13 out of 20, or a Magistère / Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies / Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures Specialisées / Mastère Specialis, from a recognised French university or Grande École to be considered for entry. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Holders of a Magister Artium, a Diplom or an Erstes Staatsexamen from a recognised university with a minimum overall grade of 2.5, or a good two-year Lizentiat / Aufbaustudium / Zweites Staatsexamen or a Masters degree from a recognised university, will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Students who hold a Bachelor degree from a recognised institution will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. Most taught Masters programmes require a minimum of an upper second class degree (2.1) with a minimum GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 3.5/5.0 Students who have completed a Masters degree from a recognised institution will be considered for PhD study.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a good four-year Ptychio (Bachelor degree) with a minimum overall grade of 6.5 out of 10, from a recognised Greek university (AEI), and will usually be required to have completed a good Metaptychiako Diploma Eidikefsis (Masters degree) from a recognised institution to be considered for entry. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

4-year Licenciado is deemed equivalent to a UK bachelors degree. A score of 75 or higher from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC) can be considered comparable to a UK 2.1, 60 is comparable to a UK 2.2.  Private universities have a higher pass mark, so 80 or higher should be considered comparable to a UK 2.1, 70 is comparable to a UK 2.2

The Hong Kong Bachelor degree is considered comparable to British Bachelor degree standard. Students with bachelor degrees awarded by universities in Hong Kong may be considered for entry to one of our postgraduate degree programmes.

Students with Masters degrees may be considered for PhD study.

Holders of a good Alapfokozat / Alapképzés or Egyetemi Oklevel from a recognised university with a minimum overall grade of 3.5, or a good Mesterfokozat (Masters degree) or Egyetemi Doktor (university doctorate), will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a Bachelors degree and will usually be required to have completed a Masters degree, with a 60% or higher for 2:1 equivalency from a recognised institution to be considered for entry. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Holders of the 4 year Sarjana (S1) from a recognised Indonesian institution will be considered for postgraduate study. Entry requirements vary with a minimum requirement of a GPA of 2.8.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree, with a score of 14/20 or 70% from a recognised institution to be considered. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a Bachelors degree and will usually be required to have completed a Masters degree from a recognised institution, with 100 out of 110 or higher for 2:1 equivalency from a recognised institution to be considered for entry. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Students who hold the Maitrise, Diplome d'Etude Approfondies, Diplome d'Etude Superieures or Diplome d'Etude Superieures Specialisees will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees (14-15/20 or Bien from a well ranked institution is considered comparable to a UK 2.1, while a score of 12-13/20 or Assez Bien is considered comparable to a UK 2.2).

Students with a Bachelor degree from a recognised university in Japan will be considered for entry to a postgraduate Masters degree provided they achieve a sufficiently high overall score in their first (Bachelor) degree. A GPA of 3.0/4.0 or a B average from a good Japanese university is usually considered equivalent to a UK 2:1.

Students with a Masters degree from a recognised university in Japan will be considered for PhD study. A high overall grade will be necessary to be considered.

Students who have completed their Specialist Diploma Мамаң дипломы/Диплом специалиста) or "Magistr" (Магистр дипломы/Диплом магистра) degree (completed after 1991) from a recognised higher education institution, with a minimum GPA of 2.67/4.00 for courses requiring a UK lower second and 3.00/4.00 for courses requiring a UK upper second class degree, will be considered for entry to postgraduate Masters degrees and, occasionally, directly for PhD degrees.  Holders of a Bachelor "Bakalavr" degree (Бакалавр дипломы/Диплом бакалавра) from a recognised higher education institution, with a minimum GPA of  2.67/4.00 for courses requiring a UK lower second and 3.00/4.00 for courses requiring a UK upper second class degree, may also be considered for entry to taught postgraduate programmes.

Students who hold a Bachelor degree from a recognised institution will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. Most taught Masters programmes require a minimum of an upper second class degree (2.1) with a minimum GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 3.5/50

Holders of a good Postgraduate Diploma (professional programme) from a recognised university or institution of Higher Education, with a minimum overall grade of 7.5 out of 10, or a post-2000 Magistrs, will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree, with a score of 16/20 or 80% from a recognised institution to be considered. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Holders of a Bachelors degree from a recognised university in Libya will be considered for postgraduate study. Holders of a Bachelors degree will normally be expected to have achieved score of 70% for 2:1 equivalency or 65% for 2:2 equivalency. Alternatively students will require a minimum of 3.0/4.0 or BB to be considered.

Holders of a good pre-2001 Magistras from a recognised university with a minimum overall grade of 8 out of 10, or a good post-2001 Magistras, will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes

Holders of a good Bachelors degree from a recognised Luxembourgish Higher Education institution with a minimum overall grade of 16 out of 20, or a Diplôme d'Études Supérieures Spécialisées (comparable to a UK PGDip) or Masters degree from a recognised Luxembourgish Higher Education institution will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Students who hold a Masters degree will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees (70-74% or A or Marginal Distinction from a well ranked institution is considered comparable to a UK 2.1, while a score of 60-69% or B or Bare Distinction/Credit is considered comparable to a UK 2.2).

Holders of a Bachelors degree from a recognised Malaysian institution (usually achieved with the equivalent of a second class upper or a grade point average minimum of 3.0) will be considered for postgraduate study at Diploma or Masters level.

Holders of a good Bachelors degree from the University of Malta with a minimum grade of 2:1 (Hons), and/or a Masters degree, will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Students who hold a Bachelor degree (Honours) from a recognised institution (including the University of Mauritius) will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees.  Most taught Masters programmes require a minimum of an upper second class degree (2:1).

Students who hold the Licenciado/Professional Titulo from a recognised Mexican university with a promedio of at least 8 will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees.

Students who have completed a Maestria from a recognised institution will be considered for PhD study.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a Bachelors degree, licence or Maîtrise and a Masters degree, with a score of 14/20 or 70% from a recognised institution to be considered. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Students with a good four year honours degree from a recognised university will be considered for postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. PhD applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a Bachelors degree and will usually be required to have completed a Masters degree, with 60-74% or higher for 2:1 equivalency from a recognised institution to be considered for entry. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Holders of a good Doctoraal from a recognised Dutch university with a minimum overall grade of 7 out of 10, and/or a good Masters degree, will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Students who hold a Bachelor degree (minimum 4 years and/or level 400) from a recognised institution will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees.  Most taught Masters programmes require a minimum of an upper second class degree (2.1) with a minimum GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 3.5/5.0

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a good Bachelors degree from a recognised institution with a minimum GPA of B/Very Good or 1.6-2.5 for a 2.1 equivalency, and will usually be required to have completed a good Masters, Mastergrad, Magister. Artium, Sivilingeniør, Candidatus realium or Candidatus philologiae degree to be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a Bachelors degree and will usually be required to have completed a Masters degree, with a CGPA of 3.0/4 or higher for 2:1 equivalency from a recognised institution to be considered for entry. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Holders of a Bachelors degree from a recognised university in the Palestinian Territories will be considered for postgraduate study. Holders of Bachelors degree will normally be expected to have achieved a GPA of 3/4 or 80% for 2:1 equivalency or a GPA of 2.5/4 or 70% for 2:2 equivalency.    

Holders of the Título de Licenciado /Título de (4-6 years) or an equivalent professional title from a recognised Paraguayan university may be considered for entry to a postgraduate degree programme. Grades of 4/5 or higher can be considered as UK 2.1 equivalent.  The Título Intermedio is a 2-3 year degree and is equivalent to a HNC, it is not suitable for postgraduate entry but holders of this award could be considered for second year undergraduate entry or pre-Masters.  Applicants for PhD level study will preferably hold a Título de Maestría / Magister or equivalent qualification, but holders of the Título/Grado de Licenciado/a with excellent grades can be considered.

Holders of the Licenciado, with at least 13/20 may be considered as UK 2.1 equivalent. The Grado de Bachiller is equivalent to an ordinary degree, so grades of 15+/20 are required.  Applicants for PhD level study will preferably hold a Título de Maestría or equivalent qualification.

Holders of a good pre-2001 Magister from a recognised Polish university with a minimum overall grade of 4 out of 5, dobry ‘good’, and/or a good Swiadectwo Ukonczenia Studiów Podyplomowych (Certificate of Postgraduate Study) or post-2001 Magister from a recognised Polish university with a minimum overall grade of 4.5/4+ out of 5, dobry plus 'better than good', will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Holders of a good Licenciado from a recognised university, or a Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) from a recognised Polytechnic Institution, with a minimum overall grade of 16 out of 20, and/or a good Mestrado / Mestre (Masters) from a recognised university, will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a good Bachelors degree from a recognised Romanian Higher Education institution with a minimum overall grade of 8 out of 10, and will usually be required to have completed a Masters degree/Diploma de Master/Diploma de Studii Academice Postuniversitare (Postgraduate Diploma - Academic Studies) or Diploma de Studii Postuniversitare de Specializare (Postgraduate Diploma - Specialised Studies) to be considered for entry. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Holders of a good Диплом Специалиста (Specialist Diploma) or Диплом Магистра (Magistr) degree from recognised universities in Russia (minimum GPA of 4.0) will be considered for entry to taught postgraduate programmes/PhD study.

Students who hold a 4-year Bachelor degree with at least 16/20 or 70% will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees.   

Students who hold a Maitrise, Diplome d'Etude Approfondies,Diplome d'Etude Superieures or Diplome d'Etude Superieures Specialisees will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. A score of 14-15/20 or Bien from a well ranked institution is considered comparable to a UK 2.1, while a score of 12-13/20 or Assez Bien is considered comparable to a UK 2.2

Students who hold a Bachelor (Honours) degree from a recognised institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 3.5/5.0 (or a score of 60-69% or B+) from a well ranked institution will be considered for most our Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees with a 2:1 requirement.

Students holding a good Bachelors Honours degree will be considered for postgraduate study at Diploma or Masters level.

Holders of a good three-year Bakalár or pre-2002 Magister from a recognised Slovakian Higher Education institution with a minimum overall grade of 1.5, B, Vel’mi dobrý ‘very good’, and/or a good Inžinier or a post-2002 Magister from a recognised Slovakian Higher Education institution will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Holders of a good Diploma o pridobljeni univerzitetni izobrazbi (Bachelors degree), Diplomant (Professionally oriented first degree), Univerzitetni diplomant (Academically oriented first degree) or Visoko Obrazovanja (until 1999) from a recognised Slovenian Higher Education institution with a minimum overall grade of 8.0 out of 10, and/or a good Diploma specializacija (Postgraduate Diploma) or Magister (Masters) will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Students who hold a Bachelor Honours degree (also known as Baccalaureus Honores / Baccalaureus Cum Honoribus) from a recognised institution will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. Most Masters programmes will require a second class upper (70%) or a distinction (75%).

Holders of a Masters degree will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Holders of a Bachelor degree from a recognised South Korean institution (usually with the equivalent of a second class upper or a grade point average 3.0/4.0 or 3.2/4.5) will be considered for Masters programmes.

Holders of a good Masters degree from a recognised institution will be considered for PhD study on an individual basis.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a Bachelors degree and will usually be required to have completed a Masters degree, with 7 out of 10 or higher for 2:1 equivalency from a recognised institution to be considered for entry. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a Bachelors degree and will usually be required to have completed a Masters degree, with 60-74% or a CGPA 3.30/4.0 or higher for 2:1 equivalency from a recognised institution to be considered for entry. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Holders of a good Kandidatexamen (Bachelors degree) or Yrkesexamen (Professional Bachelors degree) from a recognised Swedish Higher Education institution with the majority of subjects with a grade of VG (Val godkänd), and/or a good Magisterexamen (Masters degree), International Masters degree or Licentiatexamen (comparable to a UK Mphil), will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Holders of a good "PostGraduate Certificate" or "PostGraduate Diploma" or a Masters degree from a recognised Swiss higher education institution (with a minimum GPA of 5/6 or 8/10 or 2/5 (gut-bien-bene/good) for a 2.1 equivalence) may be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree, with a GPA of 3.0/4.0, 3.5/5 or 75% from a recognised institution to be considered. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

Holders of a good Bachelor degree (from 75% to 85% depending upon the university in Taiwan) from a recognised institution will be considered for postgraduate Masters study. Holders of a good Masters degree from a recognised institution will be considered for PhD study.

Students who hold a Bachelor degree from a recognised institution will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees.  Most taught Masters programmes require a minimum of an upper second class degree (2.1) Students who have completed a Masters degree from a recognised institution will be considered for PhD study.

Holders of a good Masters degree from a recognised institution will be considered for entry to our postgraduate research programmes.

Holders of a good Masters degree or Mphil from a recognised university will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Students with a Bachelors degree from the following universities may be considered for entry to postgraduate programmes:

  • Ateneo de Manila University - Quezon City
  • De La Salle University - Manila
  • University of Santo Tomas
  • University of the Philippines - Diliman

Students from all other institutions with a Bachelors and a Masters degree or relevant work experience may be considered for postgraduate programmes.

Grading Schemes

1-5 where 1 is the highest 2.1 = 1.75 2.2 = 2.25 

Out of 4.0 where 4 is the highest 2.1 = 3.0 2.2 = 2.5

Letter grades and percentages 2.1 = B / 3.00 / 83% 2.2 = C+ / 2.5 / 77%

Holders of a postdoctoral qualification from a recognised institution will be considered for PhD study.  Students may be considered for PhD study if they have a Masters from one of the above listed universities.

Holders of a Lisans Diplomasi with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0 from a recognised university will be considered for postgraduate study at Diploma or Masters level.

Holders of a Yuksek Diplomasi from a recognised university will be considered for PhD study.

Students who hold a Bachelor degree from a recognised institution will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. Most Masters programmes will require a second class upper (2.1) or GPA of 3.5/5.0

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes should hold a good Bachelors degree / Диплом бакалавра (Dyplom Bakalavra), Диплом спеціаліста (Specialist Diploma) or a Dyplom Magistra from a recognised Ukrainian higher education institution with a minimum GPA of 4.0/5.0, 3.5/4, 8/12 or 80% or higher for 2:1 equivalence and will usually be required to have completed a good Masters degree to be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes. Applicants with lower grades than this may be considered on an individual basis.

The University will consider students who hold an Honours degree from a recognised institution in the USA with a GPA of:

  • 2.8 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for entry to programmes with a 2:2 requirement 
  • 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for entry to programmes with a 2:1 requirement 

Please note that some subjects which are studied at postgraduate level in the USA, eg. Medicine and Law, are traditionally studied at undergraduate level in the UK.

Holders of the Magistr Diplomi (Master's degree) or Diplomi (Specialist Diploma), awarded by prestigious universities, who have attained high grades in their studies will be considered for postgraduate study.  Holders of the Fanlari Nomzodi (Candidate of Science), where appropriate, will be considered for PhD study.

Holders of the Licenciatura/Título or an equivalent professional title from a recognised Venezuelan university may be considered for entry to a postgraduate degree programme. Scales of 1-5, 1-10 and 1-20 are used, an overall score of 70% or equivalent can be considered equivalent to a UK 2.1.  Applicants for PhD level study will preferably hold a Maestria or equivalent qualification

Holders of a Bachelors degree from a recognised Vietnamese institution (usually achieved with the equivalent of a second class upper or a grade point average minimum GPA of 7.0 and above) will be considered for postgraduate study at Diploma or Masters level.  Holders of a Masters degree (thac si) will be considered for entry to PhD programmes.

Students who hold a Masters degree with a minimum GPA of 3.5/5.0 or a mark of 2.0/2.5 (A) will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees.   

Students who hold a good Bachelor Honours degree will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. 

International Students

Learn more about  international entry requirements  

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries; our  country pages  show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English Language Requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

  • by holding an  English language qualification  to the right level
  • by taking and successfully completing one of our  English courses for international students

Please note IELTS requirements for Postgraduate Research programmes in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences are 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any band.

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available. 

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the  English for Academic Purposes Presessional  course.

To help you identify a supervisor related to your research area you may like to explore the research interests of our academic staff. The Institute of Clinical Sciences is made up of a number of education-focused schools covering key areas of clinical practice and science including:

  • Biomedical Science
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The profession-based education provided through our study and research programmes prepares our students to fulfill demanding positions in healthcare and biomedical research.

Search our  Doctoral Researcher Database  to find out about our latest vacancies and scholarship opportunities.

We have a global reputation for our world leading research and teaching as follows:

  • Times 2024: Ranked joint 10th for Dentistry, 15th for Pharmacology & Pharmacy and 19th for Medicine.
  • Complete University Guide 2024: Ranked 10th for Biomedical Science, 10th for Dentistry, 11th for Pharmacy, 15th for Nursing and 19th for Medicine.
  • Guardian 2024: Ranked 14th for Biomedical Science (previously Anatomy & Physiology), 8th for Dentistry.
  • QS World rankings 2024: 69th for Medicine, 42nd for Anatomy & Physiology, 22nd for Dentistry, and Pharmacy ranked in the top 100. The Life Sciences and Medicine overarching faculty area is ranked 68th in the world.
  • Shanghai rankings 2023: 16th for Dentistry and 51st – 75th for Clinical Medicine.
  • Times Higher Education rankings 2024: 74th for Clinical & Health.

Our employability rates within the College are excellent, with 95% of all surveyed students achieving employment within a year of study.

A high proportion of our postgraduate research students go onto roles such as Research fellow/ postdoctoral researcher, medical writer, scientist/ research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, and clinical trial coordinator.

Employers include the NHS Trusts, Cancer Research UK, pharma and biotech companies (including AstraZeneca, Covance, Binding Site, Immunocore, Johnson and Johnson), Medical Communications agencies (e.g. Fishawack, Insight Medical Writing), the Armed Forces and the University of Birmingham.

Career support through Career Network

A PhD is the highest level of academic achievement available and vital for the continued professional development of scientists. Completing a PhD at Birmingham will extend your knowledge base in your chosen subject, as well as enhancing your problem solving and analytical; communication and teaching; and leadership and management skills – all of which are valued across the academic and private sectors. It will also enable you to provide you with the opportunity to develop your network of peers, collaborators and colleagues to support your onward career.

Whatever path you choose to take as a postgraduate researcher, the University offers guidance and support in all aspects of planning your next step. Our resources include:

  • Alumni biographies and talks to learn more about their career journey and reflect on the journey you may follow after completing your PhD;
  • Resources for writing industry or academic specific applications, CVs and cover letters;
  • Up to date information about the PhD labour market;
  • Career planning guide;
  • Job searching resources both for roles within academia and non-academia;
  • Training and skills development workshops for postgraduate researchers;
  • Access to the Postgraduate Enterprise Summer School
  • Virtual Consultancy Challenge
  • 1-1 Business start-up advice

Find out more on our  Careers Network for Postgraduate Researchers web pages .

Our Careers Network offers free online resources, face to face consultation and also runs the Global Careers blog, with posts about having a career abroad and international graduates building a career in the UK. International students are also supported via the Global Careers event series, designed for international students, focusing on country or industry specific job applications and interview skills.

Events in the past have included:

  • Hays Asia recruitment event - for offices across China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia
  • Global opportunities at Amazon
  • Global University Career Development Conference (GUCDC)
  • LinkedIn group for international students and alumni from the University of Birmingham to connect
  • Online chat events

Phd Integrated in Clinical and Health Research

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Our individually tailored Integrated PhD in Clinical and Health Research focuses on developing highly skilled research-led innovators in healthcare.

It is multiprofessional, offers a tailored approach to studying for a PhD, and includes comprehensive research methods training.

Introducing your degree

This innovative programme is particularly suitable if you are seeking to build on your essential research skills to develop high level methodological expertise and skills for applied research. It is flexible and student-centred, with an intermediate award of MRes Clinical and Health Research. Having completed an intensive modular training programme, you will submit an original piece of research for your doctoral thesis. Individualised support will be provided by a team of two supervisors in a faculty with a thriving postgraduate research community and close links clinical practice partners. You can complete the Integrated PhD over four to five years full time, or seven to eight years part time.

Programme Overview

Here at Health Sciences our Integrated PhD is flexible and student-centred, with an intermediate award of MRes Clinical and Health Research, and an integrated system of progression reviews to facilitate progress towards a PhD.

It will also help you to achieve the core competencies relating to research detailed within the NHS knowledge and skills framework, as well as the competency framework for clinical research nurses.

As an Integrated PhD student you will receive individualised support and supervision from two recognised research experts.

View the programme specification document for this course

For further information on this health sciences doctorate programme, please contact PhD Programme Lead Dr Tracey Harding [email protected] or Dr Nikki Jarrett or Dr Ruth Turk (Deputies).

You can apply to register to undertake a postgraduate degree using our online application here for further information call +44 (0)23 8059 5500 or email [email protected]

Our Research Groups

Active Living and Rehabilitation

Complex Healthcare Processes

Fundamental Care and Safety

Health Work and Systems

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements.

Candidates for the programme must satisfy the post-graduate Regulations for Admission to Degree Programmes as specified in the General Regulations. The University welcomes applications from students who meet the entry requirements and who can demonstrate financial support for their studies.

In addition, the normal requirement for entry to the Integrated PhD is a good first degree (first or second class) in a relevant subject from an approved University or institution of higher education.

In accordance with University policy, applicants for whom English is a second language must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English. The minimum requirement for direct entry on the programme is 6.5 IELTS overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each discipline (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Entry requirements via the University’s pre-sessional English language programme are available on PhD Research Doctorate page .

Selection process

All candidates must satisfy the Programme Director that they are competent to pursue the programme. Candidates must also be approved by the Faculty in which they will be supervised for their empirical work. The right to refuse permission shall be reserved to the Programme Director.

The Admissions Process

All prospective candidates are required to complete an application form, indicating their reasons for wishing to enrol and outlining ideas for their proposed research project. The names of two referees, who can comment on their academic ability and clinical experience, are requested. Applicants will be interviewed either in person, by phone, or on-line (e.g. Skype) prior to acceptance.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Programme Structure

Typical course content.

You will complete a rigorous programme of required modules in applied health care research, along with another module of your choice.

Finally you will submit an original piece of research for your doctoral thesis. This will evidence sophisticated analysis and research-based conclusions.

The programme can be taken either full- or part-time. The minimum time for completion of the programme will be 4 years (full-time) and 7 years (part-time). The maximum time will be 5 years (full-time) and 8 years (part-time). There will be one cohort per year, commencing in October.

Part 1 of the programme (Year 1 full-time, Years 1-2 part-time) focuses on research training modules.

When you have successfully completed Part 1, you will be eligible for an intermediate award of MRes Clinical & Health Research.

Part 2 of the programme (Years 2-4 full-time, Years 3-7 part-time) integrates professional and transferable skills training with the process of research and thesis preparation.

Modules contributing to Part 1 are:

1. HLTH6177 Designing and Conducting Clinical Research (10 ECTS)

2. HLTH6110 Applied Qualitative Research Methods (10 ECTS)

3. HLTH6111 Applied Quantitative Research Methods (10 ECTS)

4. HLTH6114 Clinical Research in Practice (10 ECTS)

5. HLTH6116 Developing Research Skills (10 ECTS)

6. One choice of required module (10 ECTS) taken from the FoHS portfolio of M-level modules †

7. HLTH8012 Research Dissertation (30 ECTS)

The Research Dissertation module is offered at Level 8 and completion of this module will entitle you to the intermediate award of MRes in Clinical & Health Research. While undertaking this module, you will be supported by an action learning group (ALG), facilitated by an experienced member of academic staff, together with other members of your cohort. The purpose of the ALG will be to rehearse with you and critically reflect upon key research skills and values, and to formatively address the process of developing and implementing a small piece of original research. This piece of research will act as a bridge to your doctoral research project by giving you the opportunity to develop methodological expertise and the skills of a researcher in the field, and by, for example generating a key dataset, piloting techniques, or assessing feasibility relevant to future work.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be granted up to a maximum of one third of a Masters programme (30 ECTS).

The following credit structure of 270 ECTS credit points is set out in the University guidance on Integrated PhD programmes:

• 60 ECTS credit points may be undertaken at FHEQ Level 7 during Year 1 (full-time) or Years 1-2 (part-time);

• 30 ECTS credit points must be undertaken at FHEQ Level 8 by the end of Year 3;

• 180 ECTS credit points are notionally allocated to thesis preparation at FHEQ Level 8.

Progression from Year 1 to Year 2 (full-time) or Year 2 to Year 3 (part-time) is dependent on passing all Level 7 modules (60 ECTS credit points) and completion of the level 8 Research Dissertation module (30 ECTS credit points).

Professional and transferrable skills are a key part of the required modules. We will support you to consider the advantages of developing professional and transferrable skills when choosing your additional module.

In addition, the Faculty through its seminars, workshops, and postgraduate forums, and Researcher Development and Training Centre through Gradbook, offers a wide range of further opportunities for experience and learning in the use of communication and information technology, writing for academic purposes, presentation skills for researchers, and teaching in higher education.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees.

Fees for postgraduate research degrees vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Career Opportunities

This multi-disciplinary programme is your opportunity to move your career forward by strengthening your research abilities. It will benefit those who aspire to a clinical academic career or a leadership role in healthcare practice, research and education.

If your ambition is to conduct clinical research at the very highest level, the Integrated PhD in Clinical and Health research could be the key to your success. This research doctorate is especially suitable for nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, podiatrists, health care educators, managers, health scientists and social scientists, looking to carry out research related to health and social care.

As part of the programme, you will follow the Research Development Framework closely, which will help you to make important decisions about your ongoing career development.

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The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care at King's is a world-leading centre for applied and allied healthcare, clinical research and education. Our focus is on training the healthcare leaders of the future, with a strong commitment to providing post-qualification programmes of the highest quality. The Clinical Research MRes and PGCert is a multi-disciplinary course aimed at practitioners who wish to develop their clinical or academic research careers. The course seeks to enhance the skills and knowledge needed for supporting, delivering and integrating research into clinical practice, as well as fostering evidence-based practice. Practitioners with the appropriate innovation and critical-thinking skills may be supported to undertake further study at MPhil/PhD level with the aim of developing a future clinical academic career.

Key benefits

  • You will be studying at the no.1 Nursing Faculty in the UK and 2nd in the world (2023 QS World University Rankings by subject).
  • Located in the heart of London, across four of King’s Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas’ and Guy’s) and the Denmark Hill Campus in South London.
  • Lectures delivered by experienced multi- disciplinary researchers on contemporary issues in the conduct and utilisation of health, clinical and social care research.
  • Support will be given to circulate work relating to your studies, predominantly through publication in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, with the opportunity to develop your research into a PhD Fellowship application.
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Graduates from this course go on to develop a research or a clinical-academic career or move into a senior leadership role.

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Clinical PhD programmes

PhDs within the Faculty of Health involve undertaking original clinical research, often with opportunities to participate in real-life clinical practice.

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Interested in a clinical PhD fellowship after your ACF or other research? 4Ward North Clinical PhD Academy is funded by Wellcome and unites the universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.

The launch event for Year 8 will be September 2023. Further details will be announced at the 4Award North website .

About clinical PhDs

A PhD is a higher research degree. During a PhD you will research methodologies, acquire and verify new information and add to the sum of mankind's knowledge and abilities. A PhD typically takes 3.5 years and the award of a PhD degree reflects your ability to carry out a programme of original research and report this coherently in the form of a written thesis.

To be awarded the degree, you must demonstrate a thorough understanding of the subject and training in relevant research skills. As a clinician doing a PhD there are often opportunities to participate in clinics, on-call rotas and clinical meetings in order to continue to develop clinical skills.

How are PhDs funded?

There are various options for funding a PhD. The ideal way is to win a PhD fellowship from an external funding body such as The Wellcome Trust or The Medical Research Council, who hold national competitions several times a year for medical graduates. These are highly competitive and fund the basic salary, as well as allowances for consumables, equipment and travel.

Given the competitive nature of the fellowships, an individual´s chance of success will be increased if they have already demonstrated an aptitude for research. There are now multiple opportunities in medical training to do this, both at an undergraduate level (student selected components, BMedSci) and postgraduate level (FR academic placements, Academic Clinical Fellowships).

The Academic Clinical Fellowships have been designed with the intention of allowing an able individual to spend up to nine months preparing to submit a proposal to an external funding body for a PhD fellowship. Alternative funding sources such as local initiatives and departmental research funds also exist.

When is the best time to do a PhD?

The new clinical academic training pathway suggests a PhD would best follow on from an Academic Clinical Fellowship. After the award of a PhD an individual would either apply for a Clinical Lectureship (if they wish to pursue clinical academic training) or a ST3 post if they wished to return to non-academic clinical training.

4ward North Clinical PhD Academy

As you may be aware, Wellcome funded a partnership between Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield Universities, known as the 4ward North Academy (N4), to host Clinical PhD training fellowships.

N4 aims to support those with identified academic potential to take the first critical step in establishing a career as a clinical academic and research leader of the future. In addition to the partner institutes, N4 also includes collaboration with the Francis Crick Institute thereby adding to the opportunities for those accepted onto the programme.

The 4ward North Academy

Those who secure a place on the 3.5 year PhD programme will become ‘Wellcome clinical PhD fellows’, a prestigious marker of esteem for a future career combining research with clinical practice. This award replaces the legacy Wellcome Clinical PhD funding stream, i.e. salary + pension contributions, project running costs and an annual training allowance.

Those successful in securing a fellowship from the Academy will receive

  • a comprehensive quarterly training programme with leading clinical academics and bespoke mentoring
  • a personalised training plan with one of the Programme Directors
  • a £2,000 per annum bursary for three years awarded after the PhD for flexible training and meeting attendance
  • an opportunity to compete for our ‘Leading Scholars’ Programme’ in collaboration with the FCI which offers 12-months research support immediately after the PhD to pump-prime postdoctoral clinical career development applications

Those who are shortlisted but are not successful in securing a fellowship from the Academy will receive

  • help in building their project.
  • guidance, advice and mentorship through the application process for an equivalent research training award from other funders, such as the MRC

The seventh year of recruitment was launched in Sheffield in autumn 2022 and round two recruitment is now under way. Year 8 details will be announced shortly.

Enquiries can be sent to [email protected]

Application process

The 4ward North Clinical PhD Academy invites applications from high quality clinical trainees who wish to undertake a PhD as a first step towards combining research with a clinical career. The Academy is an exciting consortium built on leading research excellence in the Universities of Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield in collaboration with The Francis Crick Institute.

The Academy has won funding from Wellcome to award places on a prestigious Wellcome clinical PhD programme over a five-year period.

At the first stage, 20 applicants will be selected based on CV and short vision statement of why they want to undertake research training. All 20 will work-up a cutting-edge PhD proposal with our pool of leading supervisors.

Of these, five will be selected for funding by shortlisting and interview in spring 2024 (Stage 2 selection) and will begin their PhD as Wellcome clinical doctoral fellows in autumn 2024. Those successful at Stage 1 but not Stage 2 will be supported through the application process to other funders. The Academy can support all clinical specialties across the breadth of the four Universities.

Further details of the selection process, eligibility, application forms and important dates are at the  4Award North website .

To apply for this exciting opportunity applicants should submit a Stage 1 application form to [email protected] .

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We work at the interface of chemistry, biology and medicine, and employ state-of-the-art laboratory methods in a concerted effort to advance understanding of the molecular basis of human disease, promote the discovery and validation of biomarkers, support the development of therapeutics, and assist the translation of biomedical discoveries. Our multidisciplinary group comprises analysts, biochemists, biologists, microbiologists, and clinicians.

Special features

Training and development

All of our postgraduate researchers attend the Doctoral Academy Training Programme delivered by the Researcher Development team . The programme provides key transferable skills and equips our postgraduate researchers with the tools to progress beyond their research degree into influential positions within academia, industry and consultancy. The emphasis is on enhancing skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals, whether they relate to effective communication, disseminating research findings and project management skills.

Teaching and learning

Applicants are specifically matched with a Primary Supervisor and individual project based on their research interests and background.

International applicants interested in this research area can also consider our PhD programme with teaching certificate .

This unique programme will enable you to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, whilst also carrying out independent research on your chosen project.

Scholarships and bursaries

Funded programmes and projects are promoted throughout the year. Funding is available through UK Research Councils, charities and industry. We also have other internal awards and scholarships for the most outstanding applicants from within the UK and overseas.

For more information on available the types of funding we have available, please visit the  funded programmes  and  funding opportunities  pages.

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PhD studentships in clinical trials and methodology

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We currently have opportunities to apply for fully-funded PhD studentships based at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit. Our students undertake research that aims to improve patient care by improving the way in which the healthcare evidence base is developed, often linked to current or recent clinical trials and supported by staff within the Unit. Our projects span a variety of topics related to improving clinical trials and the health of society including:

  • Improving how clinical trials are conducted
  • Developing new existing clinical trial designs
  • Identifying better ways to analyses clinical trial data
  • Understanding how the results of clinical trials can best inform practice
  • Expanding evidence synthesis techniques to make the most of clinical trial data

Successful applicants, who will enrol in September 2022, will be funded at current MRC rates for 3 years, including tuition fees at the UK student rate, a Research Training and Support Grant (RTSG) and stipend (to include London Weighting). Overseas students are eligible to apply for additional funding to cover overseas fees.  

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Other funded clinical PhDs

The Faculty of Medicine is one of the largest in Europe and is at the forefront of translating biomedical discoveries into patient benefit. We offer an extensive range of postgraduate clinical and doctoral training programmes. Featured below are some of the programmes available, f or a comprehensive list of all PhD schemes available in the Faculty please visit  PhD opportunities

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Doctoral Training in AI for Healthcare

The UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in AI for Healthcare brings together world-leading expertise to train innovators who will push forward the frontiers of AI in healthcare and develop new and wider types of AI application. We are open to clinical PhD fellows who are enthusiastic to develop leading edge AI approaches for healthcare in a multidisciplinary setting. Our cohort-based PhD training offers expert supervision and mentoring and integrates the development of technical skills with an appreciation for approaches to human-in-the-loop AI designs that are ethically and socially acceptable.

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Chain-Florey Clinical Research Fellowships

Jointly funded by the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (MRC LMS) and the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) these PhD fellowships are for clinical trainees looking to pursue a career as an academic clinician. The Chain-Florey Clinical Research Fellowships introduce trainees to cutting edge scientific research with a strong emphasis in basic science which can be applied to clinical problems. Fellows are expected to carry out their research in one of the LMS’s basic science groups and have three years to complete their PhD.

Further details can be found on the MRC LMS Website

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Imperial College Wellcome Trust/GSK Translational Medicine

This programme is designed to train the next generation of clinical scientists in experimental medicine. A central theme is the application of the new tools of clinical investigation, particularly clinical imaging, to the evaluation of novel medical interventions in humans. Successful recruits to the programme have the opportunity to match a project suitable to their medical career goals, to be undertaken during a three-year PhD.

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MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection

The MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology & Infection (CMBI), is a cross-faculty, multi-disciplinary research centre with a unique focus on the understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying bacterial pathogenesis, antibiotic resistance and persistence and host innate response to bacterial infections. Specifically, the focus of CRTF PhDs will be on providing future clinical academics with the cutting-edge knowledge and analytical skills that will enable them to pursue high quality and clinically relevant independent research in the field of bacterial infection biology.

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Further information regarding our current studentships will be released soon.

For more information on entry requirements, how to apply and fees and funding for Postgraduate Research at ICTM, see our  Clinical Trials and Methodology MPhil/PhD prospectus page .

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Clinical trials unit projects.

The postgraduate research opportunities we currently have available in our Clinical Trials Unit are listed below.

Please ensure that you specify the name of the project and supervisor within your application.

Applicants must select their project of interest and apply online selecting one of the following course codes:

MPhil/PhD in Health Sciences (RMDA-B91P)

MPhil/PhD in Nursing (RASS-B718)

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MSc by Research in Health Sciences (RMDA-B92P)

*PhD by Published Work (RMDA-B91P)

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If none of the projects available are suitable, you should apporach one of the approved supervisors and develop a project together. The supervisor will then need to get the project approved by the Research Degrees Team to allow you to apply directly to the aprooved project. The list of approved supervisors and their research interests can be found here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/med/study/researchdegrees-copy-newlayout-dec18/howtoapply/supervisorslist

*Please note that applicants apply for the PhD by Published Work do not have to specify a project but must identify a mentor from the approve approved list of supervisors d list of supervisors .

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Phd opportunities.

Here are some exciting ideas for PhD projects to develop, supervised by leading experts in pragmatic trials. However, if you have an idea that is not listed below, please feel free to contact us on [email protected] and we will be happy to consider other ideas.

Potential projects:

1. Optimal incomplete stepped wedge trials: staircase designs and beyond (Dr Richard Hooper)

2. Design of stepped wedge trials with continuous recruitment (Dr Richard Hooper)

3. Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions to improve uptake and adherence to cardiovascular prevention treatments (Professor Borislava Mihaylova)

4. Impact of asthma on health outcomes, healthcare use and costs (Professor Borislava Mihaylova)

5. Use of routine healthcare data to develop long-term disease models for management of asthma (Professor Borislava Mihaylova)

6. Assessing effects of interventions on socioeconomic inequalities to inform health policy (Professor Borislava Mihaylova)

7. Evaluating cost-effectiveness of complex health interventions (Professor Borislava Mihaylova)

8. Efficiency of Trials within Cohorts designs (Dr Clare Relton)

9. Opt-out consent for pragmatic trials within primary care (Dr Clare Relton)

11. What are the barriers for the inclusion of studies within pragmatic trials and how to overcome them (Dr Clare Relton)

12. Effective ways to create prediction models of recruitment rate for pragmatic trials???

16. Investigation of childhood conditions (respiratory diseases, mental health conditions, etc.), family relations and well-being indicators later in life using cohort data (such as the National Child Development Study) (Dr Florian Tomini)

17. Health and socioeconomic impact of (work-related) asthma and respiratory conditions using the UK labour force survey (Dr Florian Tomini)

18. The impact of financial incentives design on inequality for mental health patients in England (Dr Yan Feng)

21. Using routinely collected data - methods and pitfalls (Professor Sandra Eldridge)

22. Analysing trials with ordinal outcomes and clustering in one arm (Professor Sandra Eldridge)

23. Informed consent in trials within cohorts and cluster randomised trials (Professor Sandra Eldridge and Dr Clare Relton)

24. Synthesising information from pilot and feasibility studies (Professor Sandra Eldridge)

25. Bias in pragmatic trials (Professor Sandra Eldridge)

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Design and analysis of early phase adaptive platform trials in the era of precision oncology, phd research project.

PhD Research Projects are advertised opportunities to examine a pre-defined topic or answer a stated research question. Some projects may also provide scope for you to propose your own ideas and approaches.

Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

This project has funding attached, subject to eligibility criteria. Applications for the project are welcome from all suitably qualified candidates, but its funding may be restricted to a limited set of nationalities. You should check the project and department details for more information.

Understanding sleep disturbance in clients seeking treatment for alcohol use disorder

Examining neurocognitive interventions and mechanisms in the treatment of alcohol use disorders, trauma & addiction, advancing quantitative proteomics: investigating protein methylation changes in mtap-deficient cancer, funded phd project (european/uk students only).

This project has funding attached for UK and EU students, though the amount may depend on your nationality. Non-EU students may still be able to apply for the project provided they can find separate funding. You should check the project and department details for more information.

New therapeutic agents against triple negative breast cancer – targeting an unmet clinical need with the second generation Pol I inhibitor, PMR-116.

Competition funded phd project (students worldwide).

This project is in competition for funding with other projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be successful. Unsuccessful projects may still go ahead as self-funded opportunities. Applications for the project are welcome from all suitably qualified candidates, but potential funding may be restricted to a limited set of nationalities. You should check the project and department details for more information.

Inflammation in Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration: A Multimodal Approach towards New Therapeutics

Multimodal neuroimaging in atypical parkinsonian disorders, investigating gut-immune interactions in parkinson’s disease (phd only), evaluating regional specific training stimulus (rsts) for people with copd attending pulmonary rehabilitation, engineering ai and deep learning approaches for digital pathology and bioimaging, research at uea faculty of medicine and health sciences, funded phd programme (students worldwide).

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

4 Year PhD Programme

4 Year PhD Programmes are extended PhD opportunities that involve more training and preparation. You will usually complete taught courses in your first year (sometimes equivalent to a Masters in your subject) before choosing and proposing your research project. You will then research and submit your thesis in the normal way.

Predicting the Evolution of Influenza and SARS-CoV-2 Viruses

Phd mathematical sciences, china phd programme.

A Chinese PhD usually takes 3-4 years and often involves following a formal teaching plan (set by your supervisor) as well as carrying out your own original research. Your PhD thesis will be publicly examined in front of a panel of expert. Some international programmes are offered in English, but others will be taught in Mandarin Chinese.

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Funding opportunity: Clinical research training fellowship

MRC is preparing the  transition of our funding opportunities to the new UKRI Funding Service . You may need to apply to the next round of this opportunity using the new service. Check this opportunity at the time the next round opens for confirmation on how to apply.

Apply for funding to undertake a PhD or to reacquire research skills.

Your research can focus on any area of MRC’s remit to improve human health.

You must be a registered healthcare professional, either:

  • planning to undertake a PhD or similar
  • a PhD graduate working outside of research, usually 5 or more years ago

You must be at an appropriate point in your clinical training to undertake a PhD.

You may also choose to apply for joint funding from 1 of the collaborating organisations.

We will fund your salary and project costs for 3 years.

This is an ongoing scheme. Application rounds open 3 times per year, closing in January, April and September.

Who can apply

Eligible professions.

You can apply if you’re a registered healthcare professional. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • allied health professionals
  • healthcare scientists
  • pharmacists
  • clinical psychologists
  • general practitioners
  • veterinarians

Types of applicants

We welcome both predoctoral and postdoctoral applicants.

Predoctoral applicants

This funding supports clinically active healthcare professionals to undertake a higher research degree, such as a PhD or MD.

To be eligible you must:

  • be able to demonstrate ownership of your project and show ambition to follow a clinical academic career
  • be at an appropriate point in your clinical training to study for a PhD, with clear plans for completing your speciality training
  • request a minimum of 24 months funding full-time equivalent to complete your PhD
  • have the support of an  eligible research organisation

You do not need to have registered for a PhD at the time of your fellowship application.

If you have spent more than 1 year on the course in a full-time capacity, you must explain within your application why you are a suitable candidate.

If you have spent significantly more time than 1 year on your PhD course, we will consider your application only in exceptional circumstances.

You do not need to have held a position that includes formal research time, for example, an academic foundation or an academic clinical fellowship.

If you are clinically qualified, we will expect you to be undertaking your specialty training and have completed your membership of the Royal College of Physicians’ exams or equivalent.

You should consult your deanery about studying for a PhD and your plans for completing specialty training before you apply for a clinical research training fellowship.

If you are earlier or later in your clinical training, you will need to make a clear case for why now is the right time for you to undertake a PhD. We recommend discussing this with a programme manager at  [email protected]

General practitioners (GP)

If you are a GP, you are considered to be at an appropriate career stage to apply up to 3 years post-qualification.

Veterinarians

If you are a veterinarian, you may apply if you are a registered vet and a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Your proposed project must be relevant to human health.

Clinical psychologists

If you are a clinical psychologist, you must have a professional doctorate-level qualification in clinical psychology that is accredited by the British Psychological Society before starting the fellowship.

Non-medical healthcare professionals

If you are a non-medical healthcare professional, such as a nurse, midwife or allied health professional, you must have:

  • completed your professional training
  • hold a research master’s degree or equivalent postgraduate research-oriented qualification

Postdoctoral applicants

This funding offers applicants who already have a PhD, but have not been active in research since, an opportunity to refresh their research skills and re-establish research momentum.

You can apply if you:

  • have received a PhD or equivalent, usually 5 or more years ago
  • are at a similar career stage to predoctoral applicants and are undertaking your specialty training
  • have not undertaken substantial periods of academic research since your PhD (we may also consider your application if you have a National Institute for Health Research academic clinical fellowship or similar since your PhD)

If you have completed your PhD within the last few years and are not eligible to apply for a clinical research training fellowship, you should consider the  clinician scientist fellowship .

International applicants

Proposals are welcomed from applicants of all nationalities, including those not currently based in the UK.

This is subject to the fellowship being hosted by an eligible research organisation.

You will need to be registered with a regulatory body, such as the General Medical Council or the Health and Care Professions Council or have plans in place to hold the required registration by the proposed award start date.

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

We committed to achieving equality of opportunity for all funding applicants. We encourage applications from a diverse range of researchers.

We will take into account any changes in discipline when assessing your research experience and current track record.

We support people to work in a way that suits their personal circumstances. This includes:

  • career breaks
  • support for people with combined research training with caring responsibilities
  • flexible working
  • alternative working patterns, such as part-time

Read MRC’s guidance on flexible working and career breaks . You can also find out more about MRC’s current EDI initiatives and EDI at UK Research and Innovation .

Further fellowship guidance

Further information related to all aspects of the fellowship application process, can be found in the MRC guidance for fellowship applicants .

If you’re unsure whether you are eligible to apply, email [email protected] before beginning your application.

What we're looking for

We welcome applications from across all areas of MRC’s remit to improve human health. This may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease, to translational and developmental clinical research.

We expect your clinical work will help to inform and strengthen your research work.

MRC science areas include:

  • infections and immunity
  • molecular and cellular medicine
  • population and systems medicine
  • neurosciences and mental health
  • translation
  • global health
  • methodology
  • public health

Explore MRC’s areas of scientific remit .

We also welcome applications for interdisciplinary approaches or research which will address global health issues and be of benefit to those living in low and middle-income countries.

What the fellowship gives you

Clinical research training fellowships usually last 3 years but never less than 2 years. For patient-oriented projects where additional time is needed to collect patient samples and complete follow up assessments, you may request up to 4 years’ funding.

These periods are based on full-time equivalents.

Awards may be held on a part-time basis to meet personal commitments but not because of other professional commitments.

We expect you to take up your fellowship no more than 6 months after the date of the review meeting.

This fellowship scheme provides a competitive salary, giving you the chance to concentrate fully on your research, training and development. You may:

  • spend up to 6 hours a week (pro rated for part-time fellowships) on other commitments such as teaching, demonstrating, other funded projects
  • undertake up to 2 clinical sessions a week

Read MRC’s guidance on research staff development .

We recognise the challenges faced by clinicians in combining research training with the demands of a clinical career.

We operate this scheme as flexible as possible. This gives you the chance to negotiate the extent of your clinical commitment depending on your specialty and your research needs.

If you are planning to undertake more than 2 clinical sessions a week during your fellowship or request more than 3 years’ funding, we advise you email  [email protected]  before applying.

Find out more about  what to expect as an MRC fellow .

Types of funding available

Predoctoral fellowships.

This fellowship provides:

  • a salary appropriate to your level of training, up to but not including NHS consultant level
  • up to £20,000 each year to cover consumables, equipment, conference travel, PhD and other course fees

You may be able to request extra funding for costs such as:

  • the cost of training at an overseas or second centre or industry placement
  • the purchase and maintenance cost of animals, excluding experimental costs, related consumables or project licences
  • the costs associated with healthy volunteer studies, where costs for patient studies would be met by local clinical research networks

Note that only these costs can be applied for above the £20,000 each year limit.

Predoctoral fellowships are not subject to full economic costing.  Estates and indirect costs  are therefore not payable, and awards are made at 100% of the requested funding.

Postdoctoral fellowships

The postdoctoral clinical research training fellowship will cover the full cost of your salary, as well as:

  • consumables expenses
  • travel costs
  • appropriate capital equipment

There is no limit to the amount of funding you can request under this scheme.

Requests must be appropriate to the project and you must be able to justify the amount you need to meet the objectives of your research proposal.

Postdoctoral awards are made under the full economic costing framework.

MRC will typically fund 80% of the full economic cost. The research organisation must agree to find the balance of full economic cost from other resources.

Joint funders

MRC collaborates with royal colleges and charity funders to offer jointly-funded career development awards.

These awards offer the prestige of having the relevant organisation co-fund your fellowship and may offer additional opportunities to report on your project, present your work at meetings and take part in professional networking.

We are inviting applications for the following jointly-funded clinical research training fellowship schemes.

Jointly-funded clinical research training fellowships .

You can find more information under ‘how to apply’.

Further guidance

MRC’s guidance for fellowship applicants

How to apply

Before applying, you should read the information on the application process in the guidance for MRC fellowship applicants .

You must apply using the  Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system .

We recommend you start your application early. You can save completed details in Je-S at any time and return to continue your application later.

When applying select ‘new document’ then follow the appropriate process for the fellowship type you’re applying for.

To apply for a predoctoral fellowship select:

  • council: MRC
  • document type: fellowship proposal
  • scheme: total costs fellowship
  • call: clinical research training fellowship predoctoral April 2023

To apply for a postdoctoral fellowship select:

  • scheme: fellowships, FEC
  • call: clinical research training fellowship postdoctoral April 2023

You can find advice on completing your application in the Je-S handbook .

Your host organisation will be able to provide advice and guidance on completing your application.

The clinical research training fellowship award opens 3 times a year, closing in:

If you need advice on your suitability for an MRC fellowship scheme, email your CV using the fellowship CV template , to [email protected]

You must also include:

  • a 1-page project outline
  • list of your publications
  • description of how you meet the skills and experience needed for this scheme

Resubmissions and other applications

You may apply to any MRC fellowship scheme no more than twice, even if your application changes. You should allow at least a year between submissions whether applying to the same or a different scheme.

You are allowed to apply for fellowship funding from other funders or research organisations at the same time. However, you may not have simultaneous fellowship applications under consideration by MRC and UK Research and Innovation fellowship schemes.

You must list any current applications in the ‘other support’ section of the Je-S form and mention your MRC application in any applications to other funders. For further information, see section 2.8 of the guidance for MRC fellowship applicants .

If you want to reapply within a year you should request permission from the relevant programme manager before resubmission by emailing [email protected]

Applying for a jointly-funded clinical research training fellowship

To apply for joint funding, your application must include the jointly-funded fellowship form .

Joint funding does not alter the assessment process. We will offer all jointly-funded fellowships under standard MRC terms and conditions, except where the co-funder has specified extra terms and conditions.

If you apply for a jointly-funded award which is not available for any reason, we will automatically consider you for a standard MRC fellowship instead.

Industrial partner information

If you want to include 1 or more industry partners as a project partner, you must also complete the project partner section in Je-S .

Each project partner must provide a project partner letter of support, a maximum of 2 pages on headed paper or a PDF of an email. The letter must:

  • be an integral part of the application
  • focus on the application it accompanies which includes the requirement to include a project partner letter of support

Full details of the content the project partner should include in their letter of support, are provided in section 2.2.6 of the MRC guidance for applicants .

MRC industry collaboration framework

If your application involves the collaboration of 1 or more industrial partners, you should review the information published within the MRC industry collaboration framework (ICF) to decide if you should submit your application under the ICF.

After reading the ICF information, if you decide that your application will include industry collaboration, you will need to include the following within your application for each collaborating industry partner:

  • ICF company partner letter of support

The completed ICF form should be uploaded to the Je-S attachments section using the ‘MICA form’ document type. Please type ‘Industry Collaboration Framework form’ in the description box.

The company letter of support must use the available template and be uploaded to the relevant project partner entry you are required to add to your Je-S application.

If you have concluded that your application is relevant to the ICF, you are also required to add ‘ICF’ at the beginning of your Je-S project title before you complete the submission of your application. Failure to do so may lead to the application not being processed correctly.

For more information on the application process, see:

  • YouTube: why do a clinical research training fellowship
  • YouTube: preparing your application for a clinical research training fellowship
  • YouTube: the 3P’s criteria of a clinical research training fellowship
  • application checklist: 8 checks to do before you submit

How we will assess your application

When we receive your application, we will check it to make sure it is within remit. It will then be peer reviewed by at least 3 independent experts from the UK and overseas.

You can nominate up to 3 independent reviewers. We will invite only 1 to assess your application or we may decide not to approach any of your nominated reviewers.

Peer reviewers will assess your application and provide comments. They will also score it using the peer reviewer scoring system against the following criteria.

We will assess the importance of the questions, or gaps in knowledge, that are being addressed.

Scientific potential

We assess what the prospects are for good scientific progress.

Resources requested

We will consider whether the funds requested are essential for the work, and whether the importance and scientific potential justify funding on the scale requested.

We will also assess whether the application represents good value for money.

Further information related to our assessment criteria

For more information about our assessment criteria, read our  detailed assessment criteria for each fellowship type .

A sub-committee of members of the clinical training and career development panel will review these scores and comments at a shortlisting meeting. We continue with the highest-quality applications with greatest potential to be funded.

If your application passes the shortlisting stage, we will invite you to interview and send you copies of the external reviewers’ comments.

Interviews with the clinical training and career development panel will usually last 30 minutes. We will contribute towards the cost of your return travel, modest subsistence costs and reasonable additional family care costs.

We will let you know as soon as possible after we have made a final decision about your application. This is usually within 5 working days of your interview.

If you reach the interview stage, we will send you feedback and let you know the reasons for the panel’s decision. If you are not invited to interview we will send you copies of the external reviewers’ comments.

We aim to make a decision within 6 months of receiving your application.

Find out more about the  MRC fellowship assessment process .

Read an  overview of the MRC peer review process .

Interview guidance

For more information on the interview process, see:

  • YouTube: preparing for an interview for a clinical research training fellowship
  • YouTube: a mock interview for a clinical research training fellowship

Contact details

Get help with your application.

For help and advice on costings and writing your application please contact your research office in the first instance, allowing sufficient time for your organisation’s submission process.

Ask about this funding opportunity

Email:  [email protected]

Include ‘CRTF’ in the subject line.

We aim to respond within ‘10’ working days.

Get help with applying through Je-S

[email protected]

01793 444164

Opening times

Je-s helpdesk opening times, additional info, global talent visa.

Clinical research training fellowship holders are eligible for a Global Talent visa under the ‘exceptional promise’ category for future research leaders.

Find out about the  Global Talent visa .

Supporting documents

Guidance for MRC fellowship applicants

Guidance for reviewers on career breaks and flexible working

MRC fellowships CV template

Clinical research training supervisor CV template

Jointly-funded fellowship form

Research disruption caused by COVID-19 pandemic (see section 2.2.3.6.)

MRC data management plan template

Guidance on attachments, including the data management plan

Guidance on NHS costs

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  • Jul 19 2024

People Behind Our Research: CCTS Director Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 19, 2024) —  The University of Kentucky’s  Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)  has a new director who’s looking forward to creating synergy across the campus, promoting collaborations and advancing the health of the Commonwealth.

Katherine Hartmann, M.D., Ph.D., said the reach of the University of Kentucky and the teamwork between disciplines to find answers to pressing health questions is why she was drawn to Lexington.

“Being the hub for a state that’s deeply invested in the well-being of a state is unique and powerful,” said Hartmann. “It’s phenomenal to have 16 colleges on the same campus. I’ve never had access … to the number of experts in so many different locations. I believe UK really has it all.”

Hartmann is an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN), epidemiologist and health services researcher.

“Pregnancy research is one of the fields that has been relatively bereft of research because it’s hard to do,” said Hartmann. “Most of my questions have been driven by that level of skepticism that the right amount of high-quality information doesn’t exist for women and their care providers.”

Hartmann graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s epidemiology Ph.D. program and Johns Hopkins University’s M.D. program.

She comes to UK from Vanderbilt University where she recently served as associate dean for clinical translational scientist development. At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Hartmann was vice president for research integration. She also served as deputy director of the Institute for Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt from 2006 to 2020.

As a physician scientist, Hartmann has years of expertise with research involving large community-recruited cohorts, behavioral interventions and clinical trials.

Her groundbreaking findings include Black women are at risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes as early as the first trimester, and that there is no safe level of alcohol use during pregnancy with respect to miscarriage risk. She also studies uterine fibroids, pelvic floor disorders and risks for cardiovascular disease.

The mission of the UK CCTS is to accelerate discoveries to improve health through a multi-faceted approach to support research from bench to bedside to community.

In 2021, the UK CCTS received a $23.5 million, five-year award from the  National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences  (NCATS) at the  National Institutes of Health . This was the third time the CCTS successfully competed for the prestigious  Clinical and Translational Science Award , with continuous funding since 2011.

Hartmann sees her role as championing ways to accelerate science and expand discoveries to new therapeutics and better clinical care and prevention.

“How do we support models for community-based intervention that can work across some of the wonderful things University of Kentucky is doing in Hepatitis C intervention, substance use intervention and increased screening for cancers?”

Hartmann noted the work of UK research investigators in and with Kentucky’s rural and urban communities not only reflects a heart of service, it means UK can meaningfully contribute to representative research on a national scale.

“We’re uniquely situated to help people who want to do the right thing, which is have representative samples of the U.S. population in their studies,” said Hartmann. “So, it’s both a leadership position, and we’re able to do that sort of work, but also an inspiration that this is the sort of state and the university that can do it.

In addition to leading CCTS, Hartmann serves as associate vice president for research, clinical and translational science. In the UK College of Medicine she serves as associate dean of research development and synergy, and as a professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number UL1TR001998. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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Introducing our new clinical research funding

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17 July 2024

Supporting innovative ideas to drive forward clinical research is vital if we are to continue beating cancer – but to make that happen, we need to rethink how we do it. Here, our Head of clinical research Dr Graham Cadwallader, tells us about the bold changes we are making to the way we fund clinical research…

From my perspective, clinical trials are the pinnacle of cancer research, offering the chance to evaluate the amazing breakthroughs from discovery science in people and determine their efficacy in treating cancer.

As Head of clinical research, supported by my fantastic team, I’m lucky to be responsible for the funding and ongoing monitoring of a large portion of our portfolio of clinical research studies and supporting infrastructure.

We also get to develop and implement CRUK’s clinical research strategy to ensure that we maximise the benefit to patients.

While sometimes the new treatment proves superior, we often don't fully understand the underlying mechanisms

Our broad portfolio includes nearly 100 active clinical trials, spanning from early to late phase, and covering common to rare cancers. These trials evaluate a range of innovative treatments, including novel drugs and drug combinations, radiotherapy and surgery. Over the years, our trials have led to significant advancements in cancer prevention, detection, and treatment, improving countless lives .

However, we are always sure to ask: Are we doing enough?

Our new statement of intent

Traditional clinical trial designs typically compare the effectiveness of new treatments against the current standard of care. While sometimes the new treatment proves superior, we often don’t fully understand the underlying mechanisms.

This lack of mechanistic insight means we can’t always determine why some patients respond better than others or why resistance and toxicity develop. Understanding these mechanisms is crucial for designing future trials and developing more effective, kinder treatments.

In 2022, Cancer Research UK launched an ambitious research strategy which aims to put discovery science at the heart of everything we do. For clinical research, this means asking additional mechanistic questions within our trials to advance our biological understanding of cancer, and its treatment. We not only want to know if a new treatment is effective, but also how and why the treatment is effective.

This knowledge will accelerate the virtuous cycle between discovery, translational and clinical research to drive the next generation of clinical trials and improve patient outcomes.

To address these challenges, in 2023 we led an extensive consultation with our research community. This helped us to identify the barriers to progress and the solutions needed which led to the development of our new clinical research statement of intent . This statement emphasises our commitment to addressing important clinical questions whilst also understanding how cancer develops, progresses, and responds to treatment, and translating this knowledge into better prevention, detection, and treatment methods.

Our new statement of intent highlights the need to bridge the gap between discovery science and clinical research in patients and the critical need to maintain a pipeline of outstanding clinician scientists to lead the next generation of clinical trials.

Clinical funding scheme overhaul

Our portfolio will focus on early-phase proof-of-concept trials with innovative methodologies that incorporate translational studies. We also aim to optimise treatments whilst minimising adverse effects for patients.

A key objective is to maximise the value of data and samples from our clinical research by making them available for high-quality experimental medicine research. Increasing diversity and opportunity in clinical research participation and the workforce are also key priorities.

During our consultation, it became clear that our existing funding schemes were part of the problem, hindering collaborative efforts between clinicians and discovery researchers and limiting the scope of the research. The restrictive criteria of the four separate schemes created a compartmentalised approach which has limited innovation and the integration of approaches needed to address important clinical and biological questions together within a study.

We want to encourage bold and innovative ideas and the removal of many of the existing constraints will allow researchers to ask for what they need, to do the research that they want to do.

To address this, we have decided to overhaul our funding schemes completely . Our solution is a single, flexible, modular clinical research funding scheme, comprised of three interconnected modules: clinical trials, experimental medicine and sample collections.

Valuable samples and whole-body physiology

We are committed to involving early-career researchers and providing scalable funding from small project-level awards to full program-level awards.

Our focus on translational research will give room for researchers to investigate whole-body physiology, enabling extensive studies of conditions like cachexia which drives many mortalities in cancer patients. Recognising the importance of big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, we will also support these approaches to clinical research within our experimental medicine module.

These studies would not be possible without patients contributing valuable samples, and we will maximise the value of these samples by prioritising hypothesis-driven sample collections.

Following the success of our TRACERx study , which has provided significant mechanistic insights into tumour biology, evolution, and patient interactions we will now encourage non-interventional studies which aim to enhance our understanding of biological mechanisms by observing patients over their treatment journey.

Through driving collaborations between discovery, translational and clinical researchers we aim to fund more high-quality research to address key clinical challenges whilst enhancing our understanding of biological mechanisms.

We recognise that this scheme may need to evolve over time, and we welcome feedback.

Good luck with your applications – and remember to be bold in your thinking and help us to beat cancer.

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