Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Clinical academic careers

‌If your research activities as an undergraduate, such as RiA SSU and INSPIRE, have made you interested in research you may wish to consider a Clinical Academic career.

What is it and is it for me?

A clinical academic is a medical practitioner who as well as caring patients and performing clinical responsibilities is also able to perform an academic role in either a research or educational area.

A clinical academic role involves a combination of-

  • Research – design, data collection, analysis and writing up
  • Teaching – undergraduate, postgraduate
  • Clinical practice – any specialty
  • Administration of universities / medical schools (senior academics)

Exact proportions are highly variable- more clinical sessions are important for surgical specialties to help maintain skills.

How to become a clinical academic

There is now a clear training pathway to become a clinical academic. This is an integrated pathway which allows you to progress with academic training alongside completing your certificate of completion of clinical training. Download diagram of training pathway

Academic clinical training at Exeter

At Exeter there are several opportunities for medics to become involved in the clinical academic training pathway.

The initial stage of an academic career after completing medical school. This programme allows you protected time, 20%, to perform a research project and academic training whilst continuing your clinical training. The academic foundation training lasts for 2 years.

For further information about this at Exeter please contact Prof Tamsin Ford 

These positions are integrated training positions which enable you to perform both academic and clinical training. The fellowship programme is three years long, or four years in primary care, and allows you to have 25% protected academic time. ACFs are usually funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). These positions allow you to gain experience and develop projects and applications for PhD training positions.

For further information about this please contact Prof Jose M Valderas or Dr David Strain 

Clinical primers are aimed at Medical clinical graduates. They are designed to give outstanding early career clinicians the chance to experience a world-class research environment for the first time. These are also appropriate for individuals who decide that they are interested in research after later in their career and they have not completed academic foundation or fellowship training positions. Applicants must be fully qualified medical doctors who have begun or in the process of starting their specialist training.

For further information about this visit our Clinical Primers page, or contact Prof Tamsin Ford 

GW4 clinical academic training programme is a Wellcome Trust funded clinical doctoral training scheme allows applicants to undertake interdisciplinary PhD training in one of over 50 world-leading research groups in population health, cardiovascular sciences, neuroscience, mental health, infection, immunity & repair, cancer or molecular cell biology. Applicants will have previously undertaken research training such as an Academic Clinical Fellowship or via an alternative route such as the Clinical Primer.

For further information about this please contact Prof Tamsin Ford  or Prof Andrew Crosby 

NIHR funded academic clinical lecturer posts are 4 years in length designed to support the trainee move to independence. These posts are 50% clinical training and 50% protected research time. Applicants need to have submitted their PhD to apply and to have completed it to take up the post.

For further information about this please contact Prof Jose Valdeas Martinez or Dr David Strain 

Flexible, short-term (~3-12 month) discipline-hopping secondments are supported within the Translational Research Exchange Exeter (TREE) Centre.

These secondments are open to anyone with a clinical background wishing to work on a short research project. We appreciate that the clinical training path is varied, and we can work with applicants to fit around their clinical commitments. More information