Clinical academic careers
Find out why a clinical academic career might suit you and the types of clinical research programmes available.
Clinical research is a fast-growing career pathway for healthcare workers.
Clinical research provides evidence to inform clinical decisions, which is vital for ensuring the best possible care for patients.
Why should I consider a clinical academic career?
- government-funded training to gain recognised qualifications, such as a Master's degree or a PhD, is available
- it can be an academically stimulating career choice, including the opportunity to present at conferences and write articles for academic journals
- you can make a real difference to patient care
- there are opportunities in a variety of settings, including clinical positions with patients, as well as working in a research laboratory
Types of clinical research programmes
- Master's in clinical research
- clinical doctoral research fellowships
- clinical lectureships
- senior clinical lectureships
When can I start?
This is usually an option for those with some clinical experience. However, it is possible to start an academic research career directly after registration. A first step could be an internship, designed to help you prepare for working in a research environment, or a Master's degree.
Find out more about Clinical Academic Medicine.
Find out more about research generally on the National Institute for Health Research website.