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Medicine, MRes, University of Leeds

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University of Leeds

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MResFull-time12 monthsSeptemberGBP 9250 per totalGBP 21500 per total

About Medicine, MRes - at University of Leeds

The Medicine MRes is a strongly research-based programme, which gives you the training and opportunity to develop as a scientist or scientifically-literate clinician.

It can help you to gain:
- a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and techniques relevant to medical research
- the ability to critically and creatively evaluate current issues in medicine and health.

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

A nine-month research project helps you to develop specialised knowledge, as well as design and undertake a substantial piece of publishable research. You'll be based in one of our internationally-renowned institutes and be supervised by leading experts in their field. You can choose from a range of research opportunities in applied health, cancer and pathology, cardiovascular, genes and development, medical education and musculoskeletal topics.

View our list of research projects for 2018-19. We strongly encourage applicants to contact the supervisory team before applying to the course and to state in your personal statement your three preferred research projects.

More information

The School of Medicine is a major international centre for research and education. Our ambition is to improve health and reduce health inequalities, locally and globally, through excellent research and its translation into healthcare practice, and the education of future scientific and clinical leaders who will advocate and practise an evidence-based approach.

  • Course content

    The taught modules are designed to stimulate a deep and critical knowledge of research. The optional modules allow you to develop a comprehensive knowledge of different approaches to medical research.

    The Paper Criticism module enables you to develop subject-specific skills, such as an understanding of the ethical issues of medicine and knowledge of the current requirements for the governance of medical research and its publication. You apply your knowledge of research methods to published papers and enhance your critical skills.

    The Analytic Research module provides a critical awareness of research planning and methods and develops your research skills. It includes topics on the structure of analytic research investigations; the analysis of the data obtained in analytic studies, especially the metrics used; the problems resulting from bias and confounding and how they are dealt with; basic statistics of precision and comparison;dealing with unequal duration of follow-up in cohort studies; and critical appraisal of published research.

    The Capturing and Handling Data in Research module is an introduction to the collection and handling of health research data. It will include topics on: social inclusion in research; sampling from populations; types of data; collecting data through questionnaires; how scales and tests are used to collect data; and how data are collected and described using various fractions such as rates, ratios, risks and odds; recording quantitative and qualitative data in suitable formats; using computers in the analysis of data; the importance of the statistics that summarise quantitative data; and an introduction to the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. Critical appraisal of published research will underpin theory.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Analytic Research 15 credits
    • Intervention Research 15 credits
    • Capturing and Handling Data in Research 15 credits
    • Research Project in Medicine 120 credits

    Optional modules

    • Applied Qualitative Health Research 15 credits
    • Paper Criticism in Medicine 15 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Medicine MRes in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    There are few formal lectures in the MRes programme. Most of your time is devoted to planning and conducting the research project, usually working with a small team of researchers or healthcare professionals.

    Interactive tutorial sessions are shared with students on other Masters programmes in the School of Medicine, intercalating medical students and health professionals.


    There is one examination in May for the Paper Criticism module. Other modules are assessed by the submission of coursework, workbooks, reports and reviews.

    Exit awards of Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Research (120 credits) or Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Research (60 credits) are available for this programme.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a science subject with a related medical discipline, eg anatomy, biology, biochemistry, pharmacology or biomedical science.

    This course is also available as an intercalated programme to students who have completed three years of a UK medical degree (or international equivalent) and are normally ranked in the top 50% of their year of study. Read more at our Intercalation page.

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the MRes Medicine Admissions Team.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in writing and 6.5 in all other components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.


    How to apply

    The deadline for applications is 30 June 2018 or until the programme is full.

    There is an earlier application deadline for medical students who want to study this course as an intercalated programme:

    Leeds medical students - go to application for internal applicants (on our Intercalation webpages).

    Medical students at other universities - click the apply button below

    Documents and information you'll need

    · Transcript of the grades you have received so far in your degree (accompanied by a certified English translation if your transcripts are not written in English)

    · Degree certificate if you have already graduated (accompanied by a certified English translation if your certificate is not written in English)

    · Personal statement explaining your research interests

    · At least one academic reference

    · A photocopy of your passport (data page only) for International applicants

    • Apply

    This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


    UK/EU: £9,250 (total)

    International: £21,500 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Scholarships and financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    The Master of Research in Medicine is for people who want to pursue a lifelong career in academic medicine research.

    For medical students, the addition of the Medicine MRes on your CV is an advantage when applying for Academic Foundation Posts and Specialist Training Posts in the NHS.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

    Alumni profile

    “Omar received a prize for his talk at the Venous Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine conference. He was invited to the America College of Phlebology Annual Conference to present his MRes work.” Omar Khalil, Completing his MBChB curriculum

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject.

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in writing and 6.5 in all other components

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