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Clinical PhD Programme

At a Glance:

The Clinical PhD Programme includes one year spent in Liverpool with the following three spent in a low middle income country (L-MIC). During year one you will:

  • complete a Masters of Clinical Research (MRes) with a choice of externally quality assured mini-projects & Diploma Course in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTM&H).
  • Work with supervisors who are leaders in their field in shaping your PhD project idea
  • Receive detailed professional assistance in planning, budgeting & management for the duration of your fellowship

During years 2-4 you will work in a L-MIC completeing your research project, before returning to the UK to complete and defend your PhD thesis.

WTCGHR is one of five centres in the UK offering the Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme, a flagship scheme supporting the most promising medically qualified clinicians wanting to undertake rigorous research training. The Centre appoints three Clinical PhD Fellows every academic year. This programme aims to address the serious health problems faced by developing countries, offering a broad scope of issues ranging from biomedical through to health policy sciences. The programme offered is a 4-year PhD, generally started after around 5-years postgraduate training.

Take a look at the profiles of our current Clinical PhD fellows and our alumni who have completed the programme and discover the wide range of projects that are possible around the world.

Watch Drs Christine Kelly (2012), Antonia Ho (2011) and Stephen Aston (2010) discuss their Clinical PhD Programme Fellowships.

Full details for the Clinical PhD Programme are available from The Wellcome Trust here.

Funding available

A Clinical PhD Programme fellowship provides funding to support the following:

  • A clinical salary
  • Fees for first year training & PhD registration in subsequent years
  • Research expenses in years 2-4.
  • Overseas allowances for the period a Fellow is based overseas.


  • To apply medical graduates must have passed the relevant exam for their specialty, e.g. MRCP, MRCS, MRCOphth/FRCOphth Part 1, MRCPsych, MRCOG Part 1, MRCPCH, FRCA Part 1. GPs are advised to contact the office to clarify their eligibility. It is anticipated that many applicants will have already commenced their specialist training, but this is not essential.
  • Training in a Specialty relevant to health in the developing world
  • 5-years medical training post-qualification
  • Have passed the International English Language Testing System exam within the last 3-years (scoring at least 70% in all fields) – if applicable.
  • Enthusiasm to develop a career in Clinical Science
  • Enthusiasm to spend time working in a developing country
  • Applicants must demonstrate a substantive connection to the European Economic Area (EEA) as defined here.

How to apply

Adverts for our next cohort starting in September 2016 will be made available around November 2015.