NIHR | Manchester Biomedical Research Centre


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.

See the Doctoral Academy website and BRC events for training opportunities.

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.

Placements in experimental medicine

In collaboration with the NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF) and supported by Health Innovation Manchester, we are investing in the next generation of NHS researchers.

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 brcplacements@manchester.ac.uk to be added to the mailing list.

Download the 2020/21 placement brochure & application form

Download the 2020/21 projects brochure.

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:

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

Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

A one year Masters degree for people looking to start or advance a career in health research methodologies, in a range of specialisms.

Doctoral Fellowships 

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.

Advanced Fellowships

A 2-5 year fellowship for those post-doctoral level and is aimed at several specific points of a researcher’s career development.

Development and Skills Enhancement Award

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.