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This course provides health care professionals with expert support from clinical researchers and NIHR award panellists in order to assist those with an ambition to explore and step onto a clinical academic career pathway.

The competitively priced and flexible method of online study, involving live and pre-recorded sessions is designed to appeal to clinicians as a feasible CPD option around busy workloads.

As a course participant, you will have access to small group sessions with a dedicated expert to facilitate the development and provide feedback on the output of your choice. This could be a draft manuscript for publication from a past project you have undertaken or an application for a personal award, such as a research internship, a pre-PhD or PhD fellowship.

This course features an interdisciplinary approach and welcomes regional, national and international applicants, particularly those who would like support to effectively network and develop rigorous onward PhD applications.

Examples of current and past personal award funding streams to support the development of clinical academic careers are available in the ‘Onward personal award funding’ section below. 

Some award schemes and employers' clinical research departments may fund attendance of this course to pump-prime and support health professionals with onward personal award applications.


8, 9, 13 and 14 September 2021 (10:00–15:00) 


This short course will be delivered online. 



Book your place 

Book via our e-store. 

*Those who attend and make subsequent onward applications for personal award funding with the University of Plymouth as the academic host will have their course fee of £250 rolled over as a discount on any future MClinRes module enrolment costs.

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Jon Marsden
Professor Jonathan Marsden

Course Lead

Professor Jonathan Marsden

With more than 70 publications in top scientific journals, Professor Marsden is a leading researcher in the rehabilitation of stroke patients, as well as the treatment of walking and muscle co-ordination in those suffering from rare and progressive neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis. 

Course Coordinator 

Dr Lisa Bunn

Programme Lead of Clinical Research and Chair of the Taught Masters Ethics and Integrity Committee.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the learner will be expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of a clinical academic career and the research support networks available to support development of this career pathway.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the research governance issues associated with research within the NHS.

  • Have a deep understanding of the research funding streams available for health care professions.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the methods to involve patients and the public in the development and management of research grants.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of methods of disseminating research to health care professionals, patients and the general public.

Summary of course content

Students will participate in lectures and workshops highlighting the clinical academic pathways; support and research related networks; grants costing, patient and public involvement, leadership and mentorship; writing and dissemination. Time for supported writing of papers and grants will be available where experts in different research methods will be available to offer advice. Inspirational presentations from NIHR fellows and grant holders on their 'research journey' will be provided.


There is no formal assessment expected from this short course attendance but learners will be encouraged to submit drafts of a manuscript for publication or a personal award application to their expert supervisor for review and feedback. 

The course leaders will offer a personalised experience to learners and be supportive of the research related output of choice from their course attendance.

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You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries:
Current student enquiries:
Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.
Monday – Thursday 8:30–17:00 and Friday 8:30–16:30.