During a Master’s or a PhD, you’ll work on a project of your own that’s formally supervised.
You will gain:
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.
Offering graduates outstanding training in scientific research.
Offering nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive training at Master’s degree level.
Offering nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive training at postgraduate or postdoctoral level.
Offering clinicians the opportunity to undertake a PhD within a structured and mentored training environment.
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.
If you want a career in research, there are a number of possible options, including:
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.
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.
Read about the career journeys of some of our researchers.
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.
View and compare biomedical research funding schemes offered by Wellcome and seven other UK funders on the Medical Research Council website.