Funded (UK students only)

Project code



School of Health and Care Professions,

Start dates

September 2024

Application deadline

7 July 2024 (23:00 BST)

South Central INSIGHT Programme (SCIP) – funded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

The South Central INSIGHT Programme (SCIP), funded by NIHR is now accepting applications from individuals wishing to commence their MRes (Science and Health) studies in the 2024/25 academic year.

The University of Portsmouth is part of NIHR SCIP, which is led by University of Southampton and Oxford Brookes University alongside University of Portsmouth, University of Winchester and Southampton Solent University.

SCIP is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, though NIHR, with the aim of inspiring students into Research inclusive careers. Fully funded places to study on Masters in Research studentships, for individuals applying to each of the five Universities, will be competitively awarded over the next three years. Additional stipend funding is also included within the award.

Funding information and eligibility

The aim of NIHR SCIP is to excite, inspire, and activate a diverse range of soon-to-qualify or newly qualified health and social care professionals to include research within their career.

Students from registered healthcare, social work and public health professions at an early stage in their career are eligible to apply. This includes undergraduate or postgraduate students/early career professionals working towards registration and early career professionals on the following regulatory bodies (not including doctors or dentists):

  • Academy for Healthcare Science
  • General Chiropractic Council
  • General Dental Council
  • General Medical Council
  • General Optical Council
  • General Osteopathic Council
  • General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Social Work England
  • UK Public Health Register


The studentships cover University of Portsmouth MRes (Science and Health) full time or part time tuition fees and an annual full time or part time stipend, based upon UKRI rate (may be subject to change).​​​​​​

Entry requirements and selection process

Qualifications or experience

  • A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Selection process

  • All applicants will be invited to attend an interview for their place to study at University of Portsmouth.

How to apply

To apply you must complete two applications: 

1. Apply via application form to SCIP for a place on the funded INSIGHT programme using this link

2. Apply directly to your first choice University for a place to study. For the University of Portsmouth, please apply using his link.


As part of your University of Portsmouth application, you will be required to submit a Personal Statement and short Research Project Proposal.Please use the ‘Research Project Proposal Form’ from the University of Portsmouth MRes (Science and Health) application webpage available using this link.

Please quote Project Code: SCIP9201024 within your proposal.


Application deadline

The application deadline for both SCIP programme funding and the University of Portsmouth MRes (Science and Health) course is Sunday 7 July 2024 at 23.00


Find out more

Come along at our PG Open Event or join us online on Thursday 6 June at 4pm for a programme specific webinar.