Early Career Researcher Programme

Key Facts

Start Date: 15 Oct 2022


Places available: 03 


Duration and Delivery: 16 weeks (Online) 


Workload: 6-8 hours per week


Fees: £549 (UK and International)


Registration: Apply now



Elisa Hampson




The Early Career Researcher (ECR) programme will equip you with the knowledge of participating in research projects along with the skills and training to get a research position. The programme will begin with the basics of performing research and take you to the advanced level to train you to write your own research proposal, perform literature reviews, and write a research-based thesis. The ECR programme also includes 4-week of virtual internship in your own field. You can choose your virtual internship in Biomedical Science, Neuroscience, Cancer Research, or Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. 


Through the Research Career Guidance included in this programme, you will be able to write a professional researcher's CV, which will help you get your dream research position.  To stay competitive in the field of biomedical research, universities and organizations need experienced researchers with knowledge and understanding of cutting-edge research methods. This 16-week programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to start your early research career and/or start working on your thesis. It will train you to perform research in an international research environment. 

Programme Content


The online distance-learning delivery of this programme will provide opportunities to receive expertise from the Cambridge Centre for Innovation and Development (CamCID) researchers, material from our partners, and guest lectures. This programme includes a Researchers Training Programme, Guidance for Thesis, Research Career Guidance, and 4 weeks of virtual internship,


Part 1: Researchers Training Programme (4 Weeks)

This unique 4-week online training programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge you need to succeed in your career as a researcher. It will provide you with knowledge of research ethics, presenting your research. and writing an abstract.


Further details are mentioned on the Researchers Training Programme page.


Part 2: Thesis Training Programme (6 weeks)

This 4-week programme will provide you with knowledge of writing your bachelor's, master's, or PhD thesis. It will provide you with the knowledge to work on your thesis topic and perform a literature review. You will also receive expert feedback from our researchers on your submitted thesis to further improve it. You will be provided with thesis templates and you can also work on your university's thesis template. Our teacher's guidance will be available 24/7 during your programme through the discussion forum.


Part 3: Research Career Guidance (2 weeks)

This programme will train you to apply for research jobs and positions. It will help you prepare your research CV and receive feedback from successful researchers on your CV to further improve it and increase your chances of reaching to the interview stage. You will be also provided with professional CV templates and guidance during your research CV preparation. 


Part 4: Researcher Training (Virtual Internship) (4 weeks)

This 4 weeks of virtual training will provide you with a learning opportunity from researchers at CamCID. It will provide you with research opportunities, professional feedback on your weekly research-based tasks, and guidance during the tasks. You will participate in research activities (tasks and data analysis) and also gain academic writing skills.


During the registration process, you will be able to choose any one Research Training (Virtual Internship) from Neuroscience / Biomedical Science / AI in Medicine / Cancer Immunotherapy.


Further details about virtual internships are mentioned on the relevant Research Training pages:



Design and Delivery


This distance-learning programme is delivered on Moodle (virtual learning platform). There is no exam in the programme. However, you will be given different assignments, research-based tasks, and skills development tasks to complete within the given deadline. It is designed by the CamCID researchers (graduates and researchers from multiple high-ranked universities). Learn more about our research groups.



Programme Outcomes


  • You will gain the knowledge and skills required to work in the international research environment
  • You learn to write a research-based thesis (Undergraduate, Master's, or Ph.D. level)
  • You will develop analytical and research thinking skills
  • You will be able to develop your own research thesis topics
  • This programme will help you to choose your future research areas
  • The programme will improve your academic writing and literature review skills
  • This programme will help you decide if you want to choose a research career
  • The programme will also train you to write your professional CV and apply for research positions



Fees and Funding


UK and International: £549 (including electronic certificate).


Reduced fee option:

If you have already completed any of our virtual Internships included in this programme, fill out this form to get a reduced fee payment link. The registration fee cost of your completed virtual internship will be reduced from the overall registration cost of this programme. Please note, a copy of your previously completed virtual internship will be required.



Entry Requirements


ECR programme starts at a beginner level and progresses towards the mid and advanced level. A minimum of 12 months of undergraduate level education is recommended in biology, biochemistry, biomedical science, bioscience, medicine, computer science, engineering, AI, data science, neuroscience, pharmacy, and/or other relevant areas.


English Language

All our programmes are taught in English. You must have good English language skills. However, no official English language certificate or no exam is required to get admitted to this programme.



Certificate of Completion


After successfully completing all the parts of this programme, you will be provided with an e-certificate of completion including details of your virtual internship at the Cambridge Centre for Innovation and Development (CamCID).



Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Do you offer any discounts or scholarships?

A. Unfortunately, we do not offer any scholarships at the moment.


Q. Can I complete the programme along with my full-time work or study?

A. The programme can be completed online part-time along with other full-time studies or work. It will include recorded lectures (our virtual internships do not include lectures) and tasks to complete on your own schedule and the deadline for submission of the tasks will be several months (16 weeks). However, it is recommended to give 6-8 hours per week for learning and acquiring research skills.


Q. Does it include a live mentorship session?

A. There is an optional mentorship session in the programme. It will help you receive live guidance and help to complete your tasks and thesis. The virtual session is usually arranged after 17:00 pm UK Time.


How To Apply


There are 2 simple steps to registering for the ECR programme:


  1. Pay the registration fees by clicking the Register Now button

  2. Start your ECR programme on the programme start date


Please note, your registration is automatically confirmed after you pay the registration fee. However, we may close the registrations early if all the available places are filled. Therefore, early registration is recommended.