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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

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  • Last Updated

    12 December 2018

Course content

Course overview

  • Develop your medical research skills if you are an intercalating student or medical or dental graduate.
  • Cover practical biomedicine and research skills while also undertaking a full-time research placement.
  • Study at a university ranked 9th in the UK and among the top 50 in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings 2018).


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £11,000 
  • International students (per annum): £24,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.


The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an intercalation bursary of £1000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are commencing certain MRes courses in 2019.

The bursary is available to students who:

  • are The University of Manchester's medical students intercalating on MRes Cardiovascular Health and Disease, MRes Medical Sciences or MRes Reproduction and Pregnancy;
  • have home fee status;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS :- minimum 6.5 in all components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 20 in writing)

See further information about requirements for your country .

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course , if your current IELTS scores are:

  • Minimum 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 6-week pre-sessional course (PS6)
  • Minimum 5.5 overall with 5.5 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10)

Please note, we must approve this before you apply for the English course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

You need to be able to demonstrate relevant work experience in your chosen pathway.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

Advice to applicants

On this degree, we allow you some flexibility in identifying and choosing a supervisor and research project. We do not require or expect you to have developed your own research proposals or to have identified a supervisor at the time of application. You will work with the programme director to identify a University of Manchester Clinical Academic Supervisor and project to match your interests.

Your application form must be accompanied by supporting documents:

  • copies of official degree certificates (with translations if not in English);
  • copies of official University transcripts (with translations if not in English);
  • a personal statement. This should be a page in length and include:
  • why you want to undertake this course of study;
  • any relevant past experience and what you think you can bring to the course;
  • how this course fits into your future career plans;
  • any other information you think relevant to your application.
  • full CV including voluntary experience;
  • a scanned copy of your passport;
  • proof of English proficiency (if required);
  • for applicants who are not currently enrolled on the Manchester MBChB course, we require two academic references. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly so please inform them yourself.

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or sent directly

Interview requirements

Entry to this course will be on the basis of academic recommendation by the Hospital Dean and interview.

For the interview, all applicants are requested to present a five-minute talk with PowerPoint slides on a topic of medical research interest. This can be based around a single academic paper, an academic paper that has received media coverage or your own research experience.

You are expected to present a structured presentation with use of graphical and pictorial material as appropriate.

The presentation will be followed by a panel-led discussion of the material presented, followed by questions relating to career aspirations, motivation for a career in medical research and current research interests.

Teaching and learning

The course has both taught and research components. Laboratory experience is gained through taught units, and many 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/research time, ending with submission of a final dissertation.

You will also attend a series of one-to-one meetings with the course director 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 including - four taught components and one research placement:

  • research skills units
  • clinical masterclass
  • tutorials
  • practical skills in biomedicine
  • one full-time research placement.

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




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