Clinical Research for Academic Clinical Fellows

For initial enquiries about this programme contact us at or call +44 114 2225454

About the route

Starts: September

Duration and mode of study: One year full-time; 2-5 years part-time

Am I eligible?

This programme has been developed to deliver education in research methods for doctors and dental practitioners enrolled as Academic Training Fellows in the local NHS Deanery.

We regret applications from others cannot be considered for this route.


All applications for the Academic Training Fellows Route need to be submitted through the University of Sheffield Medical School. Contact us for further information about the application process.

The core units (135 credits) impart the fundamentals of the research process, and introduce the main building blocks in clinical research: study design, statistics, and clinical trials methodology.  In addition the practical aspects of developing and completing clinical research from an idea to project implementation are covered by the Clinical Research Practice module.  The dissertation, the final core module, provides the final step towards gaining the knowledge and practical skills to become and independent researcher. 

The optional units (3 x 15 credits) build on these foundations, enabling students to focus on a specific area of interest.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

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