Training highly skilled scientists and clinical researchers across all healthcare professions is essential for the discovery of new ways to advance treatments to improve people’s health.
Our BRC funding provides Greater Manchester with an exciting opportunity to develop the next generation of researchers with the knowledge and skills to undertake high quality experimental medicine and translational research.
We have brought together expertise from across our partnership to design and deliver a range of training and career development opportunities for all healthcare professionals, at all levels, through the following schemes.
I personally find the BRC P4 Medicine training events very useful. It’s great to find out more about the BRC and the big picture. They are also great networking opportunities, where you finally get to meet the people you have been emailing for ages! The events really bring the BRC wider team together and make you feel that you are part of something bigger (and contributing to something wider).
Sarah Ashton, Senior Study Coordinator and Co-Chair of the Research Programme Managers Network
PhD / Clinical Fellows
We support over 25 PhD studentships in areas of high-quality interdisciplinary research over our five years of funding.
We also support 12 Clinical Research Fellows to undertake PhDs in experimental medicine, as a stepping stone to becoming our future Clinician Scientists and research leaders.
Masters training programmes
The MRes in Experimental Medicine provides opportunities for students, including doctors, nurses and scientists, to learn whilst being part of a clinical research team in the BRC.
Students learn about the design, leadership and delivery of high-quality early clinical studies to industry-relevant timescales though taught units and projects directly related to experimental medicine.
Registration is now open for September 2020 intake.
- MRes in Experimental Medicine (Cancer)
- MRes in Experimental Medicine (Dermatology)
- MRes in Experimental Medicine (Hearing Health)
- MRes in Experimental Medicine (Respiratory)
- MRes in Experimental Medicine (Musculoskeletal)
- Health Data Science (MSc/PGDip/PGCert/CPD)
- Health Informatics (MSc, PGDip, PGCert)
Placements in experimental medicine
The NIHR Manchester BRC offers nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals including (but not limited) to physios, audiologists and dieticians, the chance to experience what research is like through short, flexible 6 week taster placements; and also offering employers backfill funding to release you from work for the duration. Placements are also open a range of healthcare students.
To receive details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 3 February 2021.
Find out more – read placement student Jake’s blog.
“Becoming embedded in the team during my BRC placement allowed me to gain great insight into research. I found talking to staff about their experiences in research and attending courses provided by the university very useful. I thoroughly enjoyed completing a research project which enabled me to gain further skills and obtain knowledge in this environment.” Fiona, placement student
“I feel the experience has increased my confidence surrounding the entire research process. I’ve had an excellent time being able to hone in on some existing skills relevant to research like critical appraisal. It’s also been a brilliant opportunity to learn new skills like data analysis methods too!” Brendan, placement student
Themed Discussion and Networking Events
We run regular events and training sessions for all BRC staff, students/fellows and wider partners to:
- Develop transferable skills training (e.g. in P4 Medicine, Industry, Communications, Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE))
- Raise awareness of the research across the BRC and build a sense of identity to ensure a collaborative and innovative partnership
- Watch back – Online event – Prediction with Artificial Intelligence – 21.09.20
- Watch back – Online event – Early Career Showcase Training Event 01.10.20
A full list of upcoming and past events can be found on our events page.
We also post useful materials from past events on our resources page.
NIHR training opportunities
A one year Masters degree for people looking to start or advance a career in health research methodologies, in a range of specialisms.
A 3 year full time award that supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research. Can be taken part or full-time, and include up to 20% clinical time.
A 2-5 year fellowship for those post-doctoral level and is aimed at several specific points of a researcher’s career development.
A post-doctoral level award supporting NIHR Academy members to gain specific skills and experience to to underpin the next stage of their research career. Current themes include: health data science, clinical trials, and entrepreneurship and working with industry.