Postgraduate training

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.

    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.

    Researcher stories

    Read about the career journeys of some of our researchers.

    Upul Wickramasinghe

    Upul's story: a clever blend of chemistry, activism and anthropology

    To get into social science research, where his real interest lay, Upul had to do three Master's, find a supportive mentor and gain experience in different disciplines.

    Cherry Lim

    Cherry's story: a career launched by first-hand experience and a good mentor

    How do you go about building all the skills you need at the start of your research career? Cherry found a mentor to guide her through this journey.

    Emilie with books in her hands

    Emilie's story: the quest for a career combining academia and the creative industries

    Moving between industry and academia has made Emilie a better thinker, researcher and practitioner. But to do a PhD, she has had to learn how to shift her skills and embrace new ways of working.

    Our funding in biomedical science and population health research

    Our funding in humanities and social science

    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.

    Researcher stories

    Read about the career journeys of some of our researchers.

    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.

    Flexible careers

    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.