Postgraduate Research Internship: Applied Health Statistics

  • Job Reference: REQ007333
  • Date Posted: Friday, 17 March 2023
  • Application Closing Date: Monday, 17 April 2023
  • Location: Preston Campus
  • Grade/Salary: E (£24,715 - £27,396)
  • Basis: Full Time
  • Contract Type: Fixed term contract for 2 years
  • Job Category / Type: Professional Services
  • School/Service: Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit
  • Hours: 36.25 hours per week
  • Interview Date: Tuesday 25 April 2023


This full-time postgraduate research internship in applied health statistics, a collaboration between the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit (LCTU), and Lancaster University, is designed to provide a balance between the theoretical study of statistical data analysis and the real-world application of learning. During the two-year employment period, the successful candidate will undertake part-time study towards a masters qualification in statistics, whilst also gaining work experience in the LCTU. Through this combination of theory and practice, the award holder will possess the requisite knowledge and skills to enhance their future employability upon completion.

The internship will be hosted by the LCTU, based in the UCLan Applied Health Research Hub, which seeks to develop high quality health and care research, implementation, and innovation to improve service and care delivery. Furthermore, UCLan is a key member of the National Institute for Health and Care Research Applied Research Collaboration North West Coast (NIHR ARC NWC), one of 15 regional ARCS funded by the NIHR to bring together those needed to support research to improve health and care. As such, the successful candidate will benefit from membership of the NIHR Academy which plays a pivotal role in attracting, training and supporting the best health and care researchers to tackle the complex challenges of the future.

MSc Statistics – Lancaster University

The Lancaster University Statistics MSc programme is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society and has been running for over 20 years. It has an excellent track record of training medical statisticians and methodologists, including training 34 NIHR funded masters students between 2010 and 2020.

The degree comprises of four compulsory 'core' modules covering statistical modelling and inference, statistical learning, and a project skills module spanning transferable skills such as statistical report writing, statistical programming and communication. These modules provide a firm methodological foundation on which to build and on which modern inference relies.

The ‘Medical Pathway’ provides a grounding in Clinical Trials, Epidemiology, Multilevel and Longitudinal Data Analysis, and Survival Analysis and equips students with the necessary tools for entry to practice in the field. The degree culminates in an in-depth dissertation.

Research training – Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit

The Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit (CTU), based at UCLan, was established in 2012 and supports national and international trials. The Lancashire CTU team has accrued many years of experience in the development and management of clinical trials, with a growing specialisation in the coordination and delivery of key services pertaining to robust trials of complex interventions.

Working alongside the Lancashire CTU team will provide the award holder with an understanding of the practical considerations and structures underpinning interdisciplinary research. Project work, supervised by specialists from across the host organisations, will be undertaken based on past and/or current work of the Lancashire CTU.

Salary and Funding

The full-time postgraduate research Internship is tenable for up to two years employment including compulsory part-time study.

A contribution covering the cost of tuition fees at UK rates will be made towards undertaking the MSc Statistics, on a part-time basis over two years, at Lancaster University.




MSc Statistics Fees










*Estimated amounts based on current salary/fee levels plus 3%

MSC Statistics Entry Requirements

For more information about the Lancaster University MSc Statistics please follow this link, or email to arrange an appointment with the admissions tutor.

Academic Requirements

  • Applicants should have a 2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a subject with a strong mathematics or statistics component awarded
  • Applicants must have completed, and been awarded, any current course of study by the proposed start date of October 2023 or they will not be shortlisted
  • If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application

English Language Requirements

  • We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously
  • We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications
  • If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes

Application process

Applicants must meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for interview. This position is based in Preston and Lancaster.

For further information about the internship, or to discuss eligibility, please contact Gordon Prescott, Deputy Director of Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit on 01772 894997 or email to arrange a discussion.

Important Dates

Closing Date

17th April 2023

Fixed Interview Date

25th April 2023

Internship Commencement Date

1st October 2023

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