What’s on offer?

We are recognised as leaders in the delivery of formal and high-quality research training and we have dedicated integrated academic training pathway funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and run in conjunction with Newcastle University. Opportunities begin with the academic foundation programme, progressing through to academic clinical fellowships and into clinical lectureship posts.

For those trainees who decide that the research should be a larger part of their training we offer out-of-programme research opportunities, doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships. There are lots of opportunities to learn and undertake your own and collaborative research whilst in training. Research and evidence-based medicine are part of the day-to-day professional roles of doctors and dentists and are integrated in to our training.

Explore the research road map

Science in our heart

We are enriching and saving lives through science at the International Centre for Life – a science village in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. The centre is at the forefront of research to identify the causes of genetic diseases and hosts the Institute of Genetic Medicine which works closely with the NHS Northern Genetics Service with its international reputation on many areas of life sciences.

At the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre we are leading hereditary breast and ovarian cancer research and stem cell harvesting.

Our region is home to the UK’s very first Campus for Ageing and Vitality making us the best place in the UK to grow old – the campus is a fantastic partnership between Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University.

Not only that but are one of the largest recruiters to clinical trials. We are a region with strong collaborations which are delivering research to improve health and wellbeing and tackle inequalities. The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health brings to together our five North East Universities.

Explore our trainee research collaboratives body map

Please see our interactive trainee research collaborative body map to find out more information and get involved with the local and national trainee research collaboratives in specific specialties.

Explore our body map

If you would like to know more about our research programmes – whatever stage you are at in your medical career – check out our roadmap below

Our roadmap shows three different research career pathways:

  • the integrated academic pathway for trainees who intend to be career academic researchers
  • trainees who wish to take specific blocks of time to do research
  • research opportunities completed alongside training.


Recruitment to clinical trials

Granule course

Intercalation BMedSCi


Academic foundation programme



Academic clinical fellowship

Trainee research collaboratives


Recruitment to clinical trials

Research in the NHS course

Doctoral fellowship/OOPA

NIHR clinical lectureships

Associate principal investigator

Trainee collaboratives


Clinician scientist awards


In-practice fellowship


Research opportunities whilst in training.

Integrated academic training pathway

Out of programme research

Helen Ingoe

Helen Ingoe recommends considering research as part of medical training in this region.

“It’s just been such a great experience. I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve learned so many life skills that I would never would have done if I just gone straight through my training without doing any research. I just feel that I can take my career, anywhere that I want.”

Keir Pickard

Haematology registrar Keir Pickard says you are not just a number in our region.

“There’s a feeling that you are an individual rather than just a training number. And I think that’s what makes the North East really, really good.”

Ruth Owen

Ruth Owen is an academic foundation trainee who went to Newcastle University.

“I really enjoy the research aspects and think it does make you a better doctor. Why wouldn’t I want to be in a career pathway that helps you to be at the top of your game, and you need to have the knowledge base to be able to do that and I do believe that that comes from being involved in research.”

Greig Taylor

Greig Taylor came to our region to train in paediatric dentistry. He got the bug for research after writing his first paper.

“It’s undoubtedly the most rewarding and interesting specialty and the Newcastle dental school has a fantastic reputation of excellence in clinical research.”

Sam Tingle

“Research allows you to push forward and innovate beyond just treating a single patient and gives you another aspect to your career which I found rewarding.”

Listen to Sam’s story about the opportunities to train as a doctor in our region

Ashley Scrimshire

Ashley Scrimshire is taking time out of programme to complete a PhD. Listen to him talk about his experiences, how he applied for funding and how his interest in research began.

Jamie Catlow

Gastroenterology registrar Jamie Catlow moved to our region from Glasgow with his partner and has fallen in love with our region – loving the mix of city living but with easy access to the countryside and a great training programme where he is also involved in research. To chill out, he sings in a choir, enjoys rock climbing and eating out.