MD(Res) & Clinical Fellowships
We have two research programmes suitable for medically qualified students.
- PhD - Clinical Research Fellowships
MD(Res) - Doctor of Medicine (research)
The MD(Res) degree is aimed specifically at clinically qualified students.
The course of study will provide you with the opportunity to develop:
- the ability to recognise and validate problems
- original, independent and critical thinking and the ability to develop theoretical concepts
- a knowledge of recent advances within the field in related areas
- an understanding of research methodologies and techniques and their appropriate application with the research field
- the ability to critically analyse and evaluate the research findings and those of others
an ability to summarise, document, report and reflect on progress
- It is expected that you will make a substantial contribution to knowledge in their clinical area, normally leading to published work.
This course is available full time and part time. The minimum period of registration for full time students is 2 years.
We have 2 fully funded Cancer Research-UK Clinical Research Fellowships available each year as part of the multi-million pound clinical training programme to encourage clinicians into an academic research career.
The fellowships are for 3 years and the successful candidates will be offered a salary commensurate with the NHS clinical scale and will be expected to complete a PhD within this period.
These fellowships are advertised in our vacancy section around the summer period each year.
We also welcome medically qualified students who have secured alternative funding and have the appropriate laboratory experience to apply for a PhD directly with us.
For clinical researchers, a clinical mentoring policy has been developed which provides clinical research fellows and young clinical academics with a respected, clinical mentor.
Where appropriate you will be given an honorary contract with our partner trust where you can maintain your clinical training.
All clinical research fellows must have:
- Medical degree from a recognised institution.
- Full GMC registration
- Clinical experience relevant to the post
- Research experience relevant to the project
- A national training number or be eligible for one
Clinical Research Fellow studying for a PhD
Year of Intake: 2008. Mode of Study: Full-time
I studied Medicine at Cambridge University before starting my PhD at Barts Cancer Institute in 2008. I was principally attracted to Barts because of its deserved international reputation as a leading centre for the treatment of, and research into, lymphomas and leukaemia.
This has been a wonderful opportunity to learn from some of the very best researchers in my field. Undertaking a PhD at BCI as a Clinical Research Fellow enables me to combine cutting edge laboratory research with regular patient contact. Studying and working at BCI gives me almost unrivalled access to extensive stores of clinical data and laboratory samples.
The beautiful Charterhouse Square campus is a fantastic place to work, right in the heart of London. Regular seminars on a diverse range of research topics create a strong culture of learning, encouraging students to think beyond the confines of their chosen field, and to collaborate with other scientists.
Furthermore, I've had great opportunities for career development, sitting on student research committees and being involved with the medical school providing tuition and invigilating for clinical examinations.