NIHR Clinical Academic Training (CAT)

HEE/NIHR Masters in Clinical Research Studentships

Current Funding

10 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are funded currently to provide Masters in Clinical Research places to non-medical healthcare professionals who work in the NHS.   

Funding covers the successful applicants' salary and course / tuition fees.

The HEE/NIHR Masters in Clinical Research Studentships are available to all the ICA Programme eligible professions.

Prospective graduate non-medical healthcare professionals who have worked for a minimum of 1 year should contact the currently funded universities for further information. 


In our region, the University of Leeds has funding for this course. 

Clinical Research Methods MSc is a funded programme for health professionals (not medical or dental), specifically designed to meet the requirements of the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme. The programme provides clinical research training, which can be used as the basis for a career in research, working towards a PhD or providing underpinning understanding for research management positions in the NHS. 

The programme is designed to be student-centred. You’ll be able to shape your learning to specific training needs and clinical settings through your choice of optional modules, focus of assessment and clinically-focused research dissertation.

You'll develop your learning and understanding of clinical research in a stimulating, multi-professional environment, alongside PhD scholars and Masters students. The MSc draws on expertise from the School of Healthcare and the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, with staff contributing across modules in areas of expertise.

More information: The bursary is only available to national applicants. There are limited places available i.e. fivefull-time and five part-time funded places. Each place is supported by abursary to meet the programme fees and full salary backfill to employing NHS organisations,as per a contract with Health Education England (HEE)/National Institute forHealth Research (NIHR).

The programme is also open to fee-paying applicants.