Bursaries available for Certificate/Diploma/Master's Courses in Clinical Research

Shared on behalf of NHSE School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation North East and Yorkshire

NIHR bursaries are available for PG Certificate to Masters level courses in Clinical Research.  Application form. See NIHR Credentials microsite for full details.


Eligibility Criteria 


  1. Applicants must be a regulated health and care professional*
  2. Applicants must have worked in the NHS or a publicly funded healthcare setting in England for at least 2 years.
  3. Bursary recipients MUST have a course offer from one of the universities who provide courses aligned with the Clinician Researcher Credentials Framework. You should therefore apply for the course/s you wish to study before you apply for a bursary. If you are applying to more than one university, you will be asked to rank the universities to which you have applied in order of preference.
  4. Applicants must agree to share the information provided on the bursary application form with the universities delivering courses aligned with the Clinician Researcher Credentials Framework and anonymised details with the bursary selection panel.
  5. Bursary recipients must permit the NIHR to contact them about their experiences of the course and their ongoing career development for up to 5 years post completion of the course.
  6. Applicants must have their employer’s  support to undertake the course they are requesting a bursary for.
  7. Regulated Health and Care Professionals* can apply for one to three years of funding to complete a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s Degree starting in the academic year 2024/25.
  8. Funding cannot be deferred to a future academic year and funding for any subsequent years will be conditional upon meeting the requirements to complete the next stage.
  9. No funding will be available to retake any component of the course.
  10. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria below, you can visit our funding informationpage for alternative funding opportunities.


*The adopted definition of regulated health and care professionals are those regulated healthcare professionals, excluding doctors and dentists, who are currently registered with one of the national regulatory bodies, including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council, General Dental Council, General Medical Council, General Optical Council, General Osteopathic Council, General Chiropractic Council, General Pharmaceutical Council, and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.



Application deadline:  11.59 BST on 1st August 2024

Outcome of bursary applications:

  • Postgraduate Certificate applicants – week commencing 19 August 2024
  • Postgraduate Diploma/Master’s applicants – week commencing 09 September 2024
  • The notification will be sent by the applicant’s highest preference university that they are eligible to study with. 

Many thanks

NEY School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation North East and Yorkshire