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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

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  • Last Updated

    17 January 2018

Course content

Our MRes Medical Sciences course has been designed to bridge the gap between the skills of new medical graduates and those required to embark on a research degree or an industrial research career.

This course equips students and graduates from the medical and dental sciences with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a research-based career in academic medicine. We focus on medical research rather than biological science research.

We welcome applications from intercalating medical and dental students who can interrupt their clinical training after Year 3 or 4 to undertake this MRes, as well as applications from other eligible candidates.

Our course has both taught and research components and is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience.

Teaching and learning

The course has both taught and research components. Laboratory experience is gained through taught units, and most students gain additional laboratory experience within their research placement.

Taught units include a research skills unit, tutorials focusing on critical appraisal and research publications, practical skills in biomedicine and a clinical masterclass unit which focuses on clinical research skills such as study design, ethics and academic career pathways.

Your research placement is spent with a single research group over the year, which has the advantage of allowing you to become an integrated part of the team and increases the depth and complexity of your research. The first ten weeks are spent undertaking a literature review and writing a research proposal. This is followed by six months of laboratory time, ending with submission of a final dissertation.

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

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed through presentations, written reports and a final report.

Course unit details

The course comprises 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.


You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

Career opportunities

Many of our students go on to join the NIHR Clinical Academic Training Pathway .

Visit the Medical Sciences (MRes) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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