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    1 year full-time

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    29 August 2019

The programme is designed to enable intercalating medical students and graduates to initiate a research career in key areas of medicine and bioscience in academia, health-care settings, or industry. It aims to provide high-quality training for real-life medical/biomedical research through a high-quality real-life experience.


The taught sessions (Module MB4067) will be delivered and the research project (MB4068) will be supervised by internationally recognised experts in their fields. Our team is constitutes internationally recognised leading experts in the field of biomedical sciences, and includes top-ranking scientists, surgeons, consultants, academic doctors and clinicians from the School, as well as from collaborating partners, such as East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trusts (NCUHT) (including the NCUHT/UCLan Academic Surgical Unit) and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The student will become an integral part of a single research group where she/he will carry out the selected research project (MB4068). Besides other personal, social and professional opportunities within the School, Faculty and University, the student will become a member of the body of postgraduate students, with opportunities to benefit from and contribute to it.

Within the School ethos of staff accessibility, the course is designed to maximise the acquisition and implementation of knowledge. The course is framed within a well-planned support network that includes a Director of Studies, a student Academic Advisor/Mentor, a Supervisory Team, the Faculty Postgraduate Studies Group, and the Research Student Registry as well as Student Services.

The ultimate goal is to ensure a productive progress through the 12-month MRes timeline, optimising the opportunities for a successful outcome. Besides a written exam and a statistics assignment, the MB4067 module will be assessed through the production of a research proposal that will subsequently constitute the core of the MB4068 research programme. The student will have the opportunity to display the knowledge acquired and generated through the MB4068 Research Project, through various assessment pieces, including the production of a laboratory notebook and a written assignment (dissertation), as well as an oral presentation (a viva voce of the dissertation). Effectively, the assessment itself targets fundamental skills essential to the scientific method, i.e. the learning outcomes have been designed to meet the real-life experience of a researcher in medical sciences.

The day-to-day assessment and support by the research supervisor and research team as well as a variety of specific interactive tutorials delivered within the course target the mastering of skills to produce high-quality pieces of assessment. These sessions include class and small group discussions and debates; data interpretation; technical troubleshooting tests; critical appraisal of published works etc. Those expected assessment pieces are not purely tools to evaluate the student, but correspond in fact to the same skills and outputs that a professional researcher in medical/biomedical sciences needs to have and produce as vehicles of the professional academic discourse in real life.

A key University facility MRes students will be able to use are the Biomedical Facilities Research Laboratories. Depending on the project selected the students may carry out work within facilities of our collaborating partners (see Industry Links).

The research projects are led by nationally and internationally recognised principal investigators affiliated with the School. In a project-dependent manner there are opportunities for visits in national and international laboratories, in academic or industry settings (including NHS).

Our School of Medicine collaborates with a number of national and international partners in the environment of human health, such as East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trusts (NCUHT) (including the NCUHT/UCLan Academic Surgical Unit), Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UNAIDS and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The course prepares students within the ever-changing demands of healthcare systems and the biotechnology industry. Health systems and the biotechnology industry, and in turn their underpinning research structures, are in an era of uncertainty from ageing through antimicrobial resistance and technological innovation to health system regulation changes.

The MRes in Medical Sciences course promotes challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research susceptible to implementation within modern medical sciences, healthcare systems (including the NHS), the biotechnology industry, and regulatory bodies.

The course is embedded within, and the research projects reflect, a School environment that strengthens the capacity for research, innovation and knowledge exchange, aligned with local, national and international strategic priorities in line with policy- and decision-makers. To respond to the challenges in medical sciences research, the programme embraces the fundamental principles of enterprise and entrepreneurship in education.


Graduates of the programme will be ideally suited to pursue the academic medicine path, PhD studies or a career in medical/bioscience research.

There may be opportunities for external research experience in other universities nationally or internationally, as well as in industry, clinical settings and other healthcare facilities as a function of the projects selected and undertaken. It is pertinent to mention the links between our School and a number of national and international collaborating partners in the environment of human health. For instance, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trusts (NCUHT) (including the NCUHT/UCLan Academic Surgical Unit), Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UNAIDS and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The course embeds values of enterprise and entrepreneurship to prepare students for professionally changing environments, to identify new opportunities and evaluate existing practice.

View a chart of progression routes.

Visit the Medical Sciences - MRes page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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