Integrated Clinical Academic Training



The Integrated Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) programme provides clinical trainees at all stages of their career with opportunities and support to engage in research and academic training.

As a trainee you will have extensive opportunities to conduct cutting-edge research within world-class facilities.

Trainees can access a broad range of flexible postgraduate degree programmes as well as bespoke training options that are designed and delivered by the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health training team and MAHSC Clinical Research Facilities.

ICAT is managed by The University of Manchester and NHS England, and in close liaison with the NIHR Academy, which oversees Integrated Academic Training nationally.



What is clinical academic training?

We offer research and academic training at every stage of your clinical career.

The level of entry onto the ICAT programme depends on the level of clinical training or prior research experience of each trainee.

Find out more about our pathways and how they fit into each stage of clinical training below, or see all training pathways.





Intercalated degree during MBChB, Years 1-5


Specialist training

Academic Clinical Fellow: 3-years (4-years for GP), leading to training fellowship and/or

Academic Clinical Lecturer: 4-years, or up until certificate of completion of training (CCT)


Foundation training

Academic Foundation Programme, Foundation Year 1 and 2


Post-CCT roles


Senior Lecturer

Clinician Scientist

Training pathways

ICAT offers opportunities to engage in research and academic training at different stages of your clinical training.

Academic Clinical Lecturers

Academic Clinical Lecturers (ACLs) combine teaching and research responsibilities with a position practicing in their specialist field.

Academic Clinical Fellows

An Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) is a specialised training post combined with academic work.

Academic Foundation Programme

Qualified doctors can develop their skills in research and/or teaching, along with their medical expertise.


An intercalated degree gives medical students the opportunity to study an area of medical research in depth in Year 3 or 4 of their MBChB.


Clinical specialties and research themes

As a trainee, you will choose to work within an academic specialty or theme that is relevant to your chosen area of expertise.

We offer 20 different clinical specialties and research themes, reflecting the broad range of expertise within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health; from basic biomedical research to experimental medicine and healthcare service research.

Each programme offers opportunities for growth and development as a member of our thriving research community.

Find out more about each area and contact details for academic leads.

Current trainees

If you’re a current trainee, you can find information relevant to your pathway on our intranet pages.

Find your handbook, information on monitoring and other useful links:


News and events

See all the latest news from our trainees, plus scheduled dates for training and events.

Trainees on the Academic Foundation Programme can also attend events for Academic Clinical Fellows.

Contact us

Please get in touch if you’d like further information about ICAT.