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20 May 2022

Start your journey in applied health or social care research – apply now for a funded Masters degree

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Start your research journey in applied health or social care, by applying for a funded Masters course – Application deadline extended to Friday 17 June 2022.

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria (NENC) is offering to fund places on selected Masters degrees in our region.

Funding applies to the course fees, and on Masters programmes linked to applied health and social care.

Your chosen course must involve an applied health or care research component, and you will be asked to link up with one of our ARC Applied Research themes for networking and support.

Why are we offering to fund these places?

Our vision is to achieve better fairer health and care at all ages and in all places in our region.

A key part of achieving this is to support people living and working in the North East and North Cumbria to develop applied research skills. Typically, applied research relates to long term conditions or states, health and care service delivery or access, prevention, and inequalities in the ‘real world’, rather than looking at clinical indicators of disease states or symptom severity.

By funding these places, we can support people to develop applied research skills and take the first steps on their research journey in health and social care.

Find out more about applied research in our region

What is on offer?

There are two opportunities available:

Opportunity 1 – open to all

This is open to everyone interested in, or working in, applied health research in the North East and North Cumbria. The funding will cover fees (paid directly to the institution) for applicants to undertake a Masters course at Northumbria University.

Opportunity 2open to those working in the field of mental health

This is for people working in mental health (including prevention, treatment care and rehabilitation) in the North East and North Cumbria (e.g. in a mental health trust or community team, or in a mental health-related voluntary or community sector organisation). The funding will cover fees (paid directly to the institution) for applicants to undertake a Masters course at any of our partner universities (Cumbria, Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland, or Teesside Universities).

For both opportunities, any Masters-level degree related to health, social care or applied research topics may be suitable.

Please note that there is no funding for salary support. Applicants who are employed must confirm that they have employer agreement for undertaking this period of study.

How to apply

To apply for this funded opportunity please download and complete the application form (below) and send with a short (1-2 page) CV to by 12 noon on Friday 17 June 2022. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.

Please also note that if you have already applied for this opportunity before 6 May you do not need to reapply and we will be in touch shortly to let you know if you’ve been successful.

You will need to have a Batchelors degree at the grade required for your proposed course in a health, social care, or related topic. If you are currently undertaking a Batchelors degree, please submit a projected grade.

The ARC NENC is committed to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion for all staff, members and students. Applications for part time study (up to two years) are welcome where the course allows for this; please state your desired arrangements in your application.

Please note that if you are successful, you will also need to apply for the course via your chosen university’s application process, the ARC cannot do this on your behalf. We will notify you by email on the outcome of your application.

Some of the questions we’ve had about this opportunity are answered below. If you have any further questions, please email

Frequently asked questions

Is the opportunity for full time or part time sudy?

Both can be considered

Where can I find out which courses are eligible?

We’re happy to consider any Masters programme which has an applied research element to it. Those working in the field of mental health can select a course from any of our six regional universities. Applicants from other fields can select a course delivered by Northumbria University.

Does the offer cover PgDip courses?

No it is just for Master of Science (MSc) degree programmes

Are all TEWV Trust staff eligible, even if they have a nominated office or working area outside of the NENC region?

Yes they are still eligible

Would this offer cover an MsC in Health Psychology?




Funded Masters degree 2022 - Application form