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Clinical Research: Academic Clinical Fellows (ACF) Framework - MSc

This framework is designed for junior doctors who have been awarded a place as an Academic Clinical Fellow. It meets the requirements set out by NIHR for accredited academic experience, whilst leaving the student free to maintain their primary focus on gaining a fellowship (Wellcome, MRC etc).

Useful academic training links are NHS NIHR Integrated academic training and West Midlands Deanery academic training.

Why Study this Course?

This Academic Clinical Fellows framework will allow you to select academic components which will:

  • develop your skills in relation to project management and research governance
  • enhance your understanding of the range of available research methods and the selection of appropriate tools for statistical analysis
  • inform your particular area of research interest
  • maximise your potential for gaining a fellowship


Throughout the Academic Clinical Fellows course, you undertake two core modules during the first year of the ACF appointment.

These are both 20 credit modules. Research Methods is delivered by distance learning. Project Management and Research Governance is currently taught in two week blocks of study, however it is hoped that it will be available by distance learning.

There is no requirement to take further modules and some of you may feel that the core modules provide all the academic input you need to enable you to complete your fellowship application.

However, you can choose to select further modules during your three year appointment from the broad range available within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, relating to either the research process (e.g. advanced statistical methods; qualitative research) or to your particular field of interest. You can also choose to write up your research and submit it for academic assessment.

If you gain a total of 60 credits (i.e. a further 20 credits over and above the core) you are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate: Clinical Research Methodology. If you successfully complete 60 credits worth of taught modules and 120 credits worth of submitted and approved research, you will be awarded an MRes: Clinical Research.

How To Apply

Students accepted onto the ACF scheme are required to complete a separate university application form, please contact us at the details above to receive the relevant form.

Visit the Clinical Research: Academic Clinical Fellows (ACF) Framework - MSc page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!




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