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MRes Medicine

Course Description

The MRes in Medicine is a full time course including a nine-month research project giving you the opportunity to develop specialised knowledge in key areas of interest and to design and undertake a substantial piece of publishable research. You will be supervised by experts in their field of study.

On completion of the course you will have a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and techniques relevant to medical research and a talent to critically and creatively evaluate current issues in medicine and health.

You will also gain experience in formulating new hypotheses and exploring the causes and consequences of diseases by conducting rigorous scientific research in a laboratory or with patients.

The MRes will provide you with the skills to undertake cutting-edge research in medicine. It is an excellent preparation to progress into research at a doctorate level or to pursue careers in a higher capacity in drug discovery or translational medicine.

You will benefit from structured individual learning and training in a research environment of international excellence.

Programme Structure

The MRes programme comprises 180 credits, consisting of:

• A research project: 120 credits
• Taught modules: 60 credits to choose from Capturing and Handling Data in Research, Analytic and Intervention Research, Epidemiology and Professional Spine.

Career Prospects

The MRes in Medicine is for people who wish to pursue a lifelong career in academic medicine research.

For medical students, the addition of an MRes in the curriculum vitae is an advantage when applying for Academic Foundation Posts and Specialist Training Posts in the NHS.

Why study at the University of Leeds?

The University of Leeds has been named University of the Year 2017 by The Times and The Sunday Times’ Good University Guide.

By joining us you will be given the training and opportunity to develop as a scientist and/or scientifically-literate clinician.

Your research will be based in one of our internationally-renowned Institutes and you will be supervised by outstanding academics and clinicians.

You can choose from a wide range of research opportunities in Applied Health Research, Cancer and Pathology, Cardiovascular, Genes and Development, Medical Education and Musculoskeletal Research.

Visit the MRes Medicine page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sofia Arkhipkina

Why did you choose the MRes Medicine to intercalate?
I loved that the MRes course gave me the opportunity to completely design my intercalated year to suit my interests and development. My project was self-designed and self-directed by my supervisor and myself and I was also able to choose research modules that interested me. In addition, It was appealing for me to know that there were minimal exams and mainly written, coursework based assessments throughout the year. I enjoy this style of assessment and thought it would develop my skill set further, as it is not utilised much in the MBChB course.

What was the best part about the MRes Medicine?
Self-management of your own time;
Being treated as part of a research team and receiving true responsibility and role in a research project.

What did you gain from the MRes Medicine?
This past year has given me the opportunity to widen my knowledge of medical research and constructively structure critical appraisals of medical journal articles. In addition, I have had the opportunity to self-design and complete a medical research project and a final dissertation with the support of my supervisors. As a result I have been accepted to present my research in an oral presentation at the Science of Improvement Conference (Harrogate 2016). These are all skills that I have learnt and developed this year and will be invaluable to my career and for any healthcare professional.

Would you recommend the course?


Entry Requirements

A 1st or 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a related medical or health discipline. MBChB or BDS students who have completed three years of study are eligible to intercalate and encouraged to apply. All students whose first language is not English must have an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with at least 6.0 in writing and 6.5 in every other skill.

Course Fees

£6,500 for Home/EU students, £19,750 for International students

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