If you have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, or you’re about to finish one, you can apply for our postgraduate training in biomedical science, population health or humanities and social science.
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During postgraduate training
During a Master’s or a PhD, you’ll work on a project of your own that’s formally supervised.
You will gain:
- in-depth expertise and knowledge in your area of research
- research-related transferable skills, such as data analysis, experimental design and good research practice.
Qualifications, skills and experience you'll need
To get funding for postgraduate training (ie a Master's or PhD course), you should usually have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent).
You can start postgraduate training immediately after completing an undergraduate degree, or at any other time in your career.
Select a scheme below to find out about the skills and experience you'll need.
Our funding in biomedical science and population health research
Offering the most promising students in-depth postgraduate training at 32 programmes throughout the UK.
Providing junior researchers from low- and middle-income countries with the opportunity to gain research experience and training at Master's degree level. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.
Offering clinicians the opportunity to undertake a PhD within a structured and mentored training environment.
Offering research experience and training to early-stage researchers from low- and middle-income countries. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.
Our funding in humanities and social science
Enabling researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health.
Enabling researchers to undertake humanities or social science Master's courses in any area of health.
Offering practising health professionals the opportunity to carry out humanities or social science research, in any area of health.
After postgraduate training
If you want a career in research, there are a number of possible options, including:
- postdoctoral researcher on someone else’s grant
- postdoctoral researcher on your own fellowship
- researcher in industry
- policy officer in an organisation eg a think tank, civil service, charity, university
- lecturer or another academic post.
If you decide not to pursue a career in research, you'll have transferable skills that you can use in many careers outside of research, eg in industry or teaching.
Or you can move between research roles and jobs outside of research at different stages of your career.
If you want a clinical academic career, you can combine your clinical commitments with academic research throughout your career.
Find out more about the next stage in a research career: postdoctoral research.
Explore all career stages
For undergraduates who are thinking of a research career.
For people who have, or are about to finish, an undergraduate degree, and want to go on to do a Master's or PhD.
For researchers with a PhD or equivalent.
For researchers with a PhD or the equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience.
Overview of our schemes that support careers in research
How we support research careers
Besides our funding schemes, we work in many ways to support careers in research.
We understand that different people choose different career paths, so we want to provide flexible research career opportunities.
Other funding opportunities
View and compare biomedical research funding schemes offered by Wellcome and seven other UK funders on the Medical Research Council website.