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Southampton Clinical Academic Training Scheme

Why Southampton?

Join a world class community

Southampton’s Faculty of Medicine has a very active research community with more than 450 members of academic staff, and a research partnership with University Hospital Southampton (UHS).  We have six major research centres within the Faculty, each of which host internationally renowned research groups.  These offer a broad spectrum of opportunities in which trainees can develop a successful career as a clinical academic.   

Follow the links below to find out more about our research centres:

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Southampton Centre

The CRUK Southampton Centre incorporates the Centre for Cancer Immunology and the NIHR CRUK Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)

Southampton Centre for Biomedical Research (BRC)

Incorporating the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre as well as the NIHR Southampton Clinical Research Facility and the Southampton Clinical Trials Unit

NIHR Wessex Applied Research Centre (ARC) 

Wessex ARC conducts applied health research to address the immediate issues facing the health and social care system.  It is hosted by the School of Health Sciences.

NIHR School for Primary Care Research

 Conducting world-leading research in primary care. 

MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit

Studying the risk factors and determinants of diseases across life from conception to old age, investigates potential underlying mechanisms, and aims to translate these findings into novel strategies to improve human health.

Versus Arthritis-MRC National Centre of Excellence

Aiming to identify cost-effective ways to minimise the adverse impacts of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. 

Supporting research across the Faculty, we also have three virtual centres, the Centre for Human Development, the Centre for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) and the Primary Care Research Centre

Other research facilities include the Wessex Investigational Sciences Hub (WISH) laboratory, a Good Laboratory Practice regulated immunology laboratory with genomics and molecular microbiology facilities.

Southampton is also a Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Centre of excellence; World Allergy Organisation International Centre of Excellence; and an Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence in Epidemiology and Sport/Osteoarthritis. 

As a Faculty, Medicine is also fully integrated with the University-wide interdisciplinary biosciences research umbrella known as the Institute for Life Sciences, a £50million development where collaborative networks are supported between researchers in biomedicine and researchers in the physical sciences, engineering, computer and web-science and mathematics with a shared focus on key challenges to maintaining health and curing disease throughout the life-course.

SoCATS work closely with Southampton Academic of Research (SoAR), a centralised pan-professional training hub and central point of contact for health professionals, research scientists and clinical research staff.  SoAR provide information and advice on research-related careers, training, funding and mentorship.  Further information about SoAR  can be found on their website


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