Research helps builds on pre-existing knowledge, develops leadership and presentation skills and aids in critical appraisal and analysis of best available evidence.

Research may also be necessary as obtaining a Consultant post is increasingly comeptitive. Some Trusts may employ candidates with research (MD /PhD) as a MANDATORY requirement. This however depends on your speciality of choice.

Top Tips:

Plan early – research opportunities are scarce. Knowing potential units in your deanery which offer research and speaking to senior registrar colleagues may help find the best one for you.

Consider funding opportunities (funded vs unfunded research – COVID-19 raises uncertainty)

Consider joining research collaboratives – many in the UK, please see the section below.




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  1. Research Q+A – anonymised submitted questions by trainees
  2. OOPR Guide ( ;
  3. Database – consider NHS jobs, Trac, Francis Crick Institute, Tailored University MD/PhD programmes (add database)

Research Collaboratives

EESuRG – East of England Surgical Research Group

EMSAN – East Midlands Surgical Academic Network

KMRC – Kent and Medway Research Collaborative

LSRG – London Surgical Research Group

MeRGS – Mersey Research Group for General Surgery

NoSTRA – Northern Surgical Trainee Research Association

NWRC – North West Research Collaborative

SPARCS – Severn and Peninsula Audit and Research Collaborative for Surgeons

SSRG – Scottish Surgical Research Collaborative

STARSurgUK – Student Audit & Research in Surgery UK

WMRC – West Midlands Research Collaborative

YSRC – Yorkshire Surgical Research Collaborative

Research Opportunities

Site Speciality Supervisor Description PhD Funded
Reading Colorectal Dr M Lewis, Prof S C Andrews The Gut Microbiota and Colorectal Surgery Y N
Birmingham Pan-surgical Mr A Bhangu, Prof D Morton NIHR Global Surgery Unit PhD studentship Or MD Y
Manchester UGI Dr H Soran, Dr A Syed, Dr R Donn, Dr M Ferdousi Impact of liver reduction diet, low calorie diet and bariatric surgery on hepatic health and cardiometabolic risk factors. Y N
Manchester HPB Prof J W Valle, Dr M McNamara Defining the microbiome environment in patients with biliary tract cancer and its implications for therapy Y Y
Manchester Colorectal Dr Z Ramtoola, Dr B Kirby Optimisation and Preclinical Evaluation of Targeted Nanoformulations of Anti‐TNF‐α Therapeutics for the Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Y Y
Manchester Breast Dr M Aznar, Prof M Van Herk, Prof C West Decreasing the side effects from breast cancer treatment Y N
Leeds Breast Dr S Bell, Prof C A Johnson Identification and functional characterisation of BRIT1/MCPH1 synthetic lethal genes to treat breast and ovarian cancer Y N
Nottingham Colorectal Dr S Abayzeed, Dr G Gordon Smart endoscopic probes for bowel cancer surgery Y Y
York Bioengineering Prof Z Tse, Prof A M Tyrrell Smart Medical Devices for Minimally Invasive Cancer Treatment Y Y
Bristol Pan-surgical Dr M E Barbour, Dr D Hill Surgical incisions without surgical site infections? Innovative antimicrobial materials to prevent infection after surgical procedures Y N
Southampton Bioengineering Prof F Pierron High-speed imaging study of ultrasonic tissue cutting for surgery Y Y
Liverpool Colorectal Mr D Vimalchandran Colorectal cancer Or MD N
Hull York Colorectal Prof Greenman, Mr I Hunter Colorectal cancer; tissue modelling Or MD N
Hull York Colorectal Mr A Hunetr, Dr L Cawkwell Colorectal cancer; biomarkers Or MD N