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Medical Sciences MMedSci by Research

Course Description

The Masters in Medical Sciences programme is the only one of its kind in the UK and is proven to give graduates the competitive edge in the job market. It is designed for high-calibre medicine graduates who want to explore and benefit from medical research, perhaps with a view to pursuing a PhD or a career
 in research.

We offer you the opportunity to undertake a research project in a laboratory or department relevant to your speciality. The choice of research projects carried out is wide and ranges from bench research to clinical research. Examples of completed projects are:

1. Therapeutic Hypothermia Decreases Intracranial Pressure in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
2. Renal Function in the 11β-Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase Type 1 Null Mouse
3. Immune cell populations in the mouse lung during RSV infection
4. Salt Appetite in Stable Heart Disease and Healthy Volunteers

You will need to secure a supervisor and project before starting the degree.

Programme Structure

The programme begins with a month of teaching, providing you with an overview of the whole range of techniques used in medical research. In the first two weeks you will attend lectures on subjects ranging from stem cell biology to ethics and clinical trials. You will also receive statistics training and practical workshops in cell biology and molecular medicine. You will be taught practical techniques, including basic tissue culture, how to do PCRs and run Western Blots.

Around 20 per cent of the course will consist of taught classes and seminars. The rest is spent in your host department.

To consider your research interests and opportunities we advise you to visit Edinburgh’s Clinical Academic Training Centre (ECAT) or speak to the Programme Director.

Career opportunities

Around a quarter of our students continue on to a PhD. Those who choose to return to clinical practice go back with a broader experience of research than is afforded by the undergraduate clinical medicine curriculum.

Visit the Medical Sciences MMedSci by Research page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Zoe Venables

I am currently studying a M.Med.Sci by research at Edinburgh University.

After completing Foundation Training I felt I wanted to do something different from the mainstream training programme but also something that would contribute to my future career.

I heard about the M.Med.Sci course and thought it would be a perfect opportunity to learn new research skills, take a year out and do something different and meet some new people. I had never done any research before except for a small undergraduate project so I have learnt a vast amount in a short time period (Project planning, literature reviews, practical lab skills, statistical analysis, critical appraisal and more) I have had excellent support throughout the year and everyone has been very helpful and friendly. The projects being undertaken within the course are extremely diverse, from clinical research with eczema patients (my project) to lab research with stem cells. I chose a project that would suit the speciality I hope to pursue (dermatology) and you are given as much or as little guidance as you would like to set up your project.

It also helps that Edinburgh is a fantastic city that has so much at its doorstep (but wrap up warm!).

Furthermore it has helped me get my first choice placement for CMT training so on the whole its been a great experience that I would definitely recommend!


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent, in medicine is required. We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.

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