Medical Sciences, MRes

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • 20500
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
It is recognised by the research councils, by universities and by employers that a gap has opened up between the skills possessed by new medical graduates and the skills normally expected on entry to a research degree or an industrial research career. The MRes has been specifically designed to bridge this gap.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


It is recognised by the Research Councils, universities and employers that a gap has opened up between the skills possessed by new medical graduates and the skills normally expected on entry to a research degree or an industrial research career. The MRes in Medical Sciences has been specifically designed to bridge this gap.

The purpose of the MRes is to provide a Masters-level programme that will equip students from the medical and dental sciences with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue a research-based career in academic medicine. It focuses on medical research rather than biological science research.

Students interrupt their clinical training after Year 3 or 4 to undertake the programme.

Applications are also welcome from other eligible candidates.

Programme Structure

Teaching and learning

The programme is structured around a 10:1 split between laboratory-based research projects and taught elements. Laboratory experience is gained through two research placements in research laboratories, one lasting 10 weeks and the other 25 weeks.

Coursework and assessment

Students are assessed through presentations, written reports and a final report.

Course unit details

Currently, the programme comprises of five compulsory components (four taught components and one research placement):

  • Research skills units

  • Clinical Masterclass

  • Tutorials

  • Practical skills in biomedicine

  • One full time research placement

Students stay in the same research group for the entire academic year, which has the advantage of allowing them to become an integrated part of the team and increases the depth and complexity of their research.

Each student will be allocated a personal supervisor within their research group and also attend a series of 1:1 meetings with the course director or deputy to ensure learning goals are being achieved.

Clinical Masterclass Course Unit

This unit is a 15 credit unit specifically designed for intercalated medical students. The unit consists of a series of seminars, workshops and e-learning.

This unit contributes to personal and professional development in the experience, knowledge and skills training required for effective clinical practice and success, with a strong emphasis on clinical academic research.

Areas covered include:

  • advanced Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

  • research governance and the regulatory framework for research

  • the Human Tissue Act

  • practical clinical ethics

  • patient and public involvement in research

  • diversity/equal opportunities in research/cultural competence

  • research creativity and entrepreneurialism

  • leadership (Practitioner, Partner and Leader roles)

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Title/Code/Credit rating/Mandatory/optional
  • Clinical Masterclass MEDN61362 15 Mandatory
  • Practical Skills Unit MEDN66111 15 Mandatory
  • Research Methods MEDN69910 15 Mandatory

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Application deadline end of February
  • Start date
  • Duration full-time 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Full-time

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Academic Requirements

Candidates are selected from the students admitted to the MBChB undergraduate course of The University of Manchester. The minimum criterion for admission is satisfactory achievement in years 1 to 3 / 4 of the undergraduate medical programme.

For University of St Andrews students, this includes their three-year degree programme and the following one or two years spent in Manchester (years 3 and 4 of the Manchester programme).

We also accept intercalating medical students from other UK Universities including home medical and dental graduates and international medical graduates who can demonstrate relevant experience and commitment to biomedical research.

English language

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system, such as IELTS or TOEFL. International students should refer to entry requirements for your country .

We require a minimum of:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing


  • 577 paper-based (TWE* - 6.0)

  • 233 computer-based (TWE* - 6.0)

  • 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)

* TWE - Test of Written EnglishSome English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of your course.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 20500 International
  • GBP 9000 EEA
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£2,500 bursaries are available toward tuition fee costs for 2014 entry for all home intercalating students undertaking the following School of Medicine MRes programmes:

  • Cardiovascular Health and Disease
  • Genetic Medicine
  • Maternal and Fetal Health
  • Medical Sciences
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Translational Medicine

Bursaries are awarded based on application and performance at interview.

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