SSC in Research Practice

SSC in Research Practice

The SSC in Research Practice offers students the opportunity to study a research topic in depth.  This allows students to focus on a non-core aspect of the medical curriculum and develop a questioning and critical approach to data analysis.

If you undertake an SSC in Research Practice, you will:

  • Learn basic laboratory research techniques and methods of data collection and analysis

  • Understand how these can be applied to addressing scientific problems in the laboratory

  • Develop skills in experimental design and analysis

  • Be exposed to biomedical research opportunities within the University and to clinical academic career options.

The SSC in Research Practice consists of two components:  a 4 week block and a 6-8 week vacation scholarship.  The 4 week block is scheduled during standard SSC time (either in January or in May), and is a “Taster Month”.  During this time you will become acquainted with basic methods and techniques used in your host research group, meet the team, and will formulate a research proposal under the guidance of your supervisor.

At the end of the 4 week SSC (and subject to mutual agreement with your host group), you will be offered a 6 week (minimum) vacation studentship within the same research group.  You and your supervisor should decide together on the exact timing of this placement. In order to fund your summer portion of the SSC, you will be encouraged and helped by your supervisor to apply for bursary funding.  Please note if you are doing your SSC in May, then you will need to do this before starting as many of the deadlines for bursaries are early in the new year.

For more information on the SSC in Research Practice, please consult the SSC in Research Practice Handbook or contact

Information on how to apply for the SSC in Research Practice.