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Students and researchers in the Centre for Atherothrombosis and Metabolic Disease

Scholarship and Special Interest Programme

Being a successful doctor requires you to draw from a wide range of academic and life experiences, so we encourage you to pursue areas of specialised knowledge outside the core curriculum in your Scholarship and Special Interest Programme – tailoring your learning to suit your interests and career aspirations.


Tailor your experience

Our Scholarship and Special Interest Programmes (SSIPs) give you the opportunity within the medical curriculum to concentrate on subjects that particularly interest you, and study them in depth.

Working with our expert tutors, you will undertake small-scale projects, and acquire research skills to help you develop as an independent scholar.

From understanding neuroscience, to tackling health inequalities and researching global public health, you will have the opportunity to choose subjects that inspire and excite you. Your SSIP will also allow you to explore areas that might be related to your career goals or aspirations.

Students and researchers in Experimental Medicine and Biomedicine
Students and researchers in the Academy of Primary Care
Student in the lab in Experimental Medicine and Biomedicine
Elle Morris in a consultation with a GP, parent and child


The SSIP is a student-selected part of the curriculum, and is an opportunity to delve further into some of our own interests, related to healthcare and/or research. This includes producing essays, posters and presentations. I took a module on transgender health during my SSIP. This module was extremely useful in learning about how to approach gender-sensitive topics or situations, and has influenced the way that I speak with patients.
Year 5 student

Elle Morris

Phase I (Years 1 and 2)

In each year of the Phase I SSIP, you will choose from a menu of projects and will work alongside tutors who are active researchers and world-renowned experts in their fields affiliated to our research groups.

Project themes range from medical humanities, health inequalities and global public health to experimental medicine and biomedicine and mammalian ecology and evolutionary anatomy.

Phase II (Years 3 and 4)

In Years 3 and 4, you'll choose clinically-related projects to work on, which focus on a special interest of your choice.

Your project might involve undertaking a research project, assessing or improving the quality of patient care through participation in an audit or improvement project or developing teaching or assessment materials or leadership skills.

You'll begin to establish distinctive skills and attributes that will be of value as you shape your future career as a doctor.

Phase III (Year 5)

Your final year SSIP takes the form of your elective.