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MRes Medicine

Key facts

Start date September 2019

Duration/mode 12 months full time

UK/EU fees £10,500 (total)

International fees £22,750 (total)

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


The Medicine MRes is a strongly research-based course, 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 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.

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.

We strongly encourage all applicants to check our list of research projects and contact the supervisory team to discuss projects before applying. In your personal statement you can state your preferred three research projects. The list of projects for 2019/20 will become available in December 2018. Meanwhile to see the breadth of projects offered you can view our list of research projects for 2018-19.

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.

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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

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Medicine MRes in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

There are few formal lectures in the MRes course. 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.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

Applications will be considered from:

  • non-graduates who have successfully completed three years of a UK medical degree (or equivalent), and wish to take the MRes course as an intercalated course.
  • applicants with a first class or second class first division degree in a science allied with medicine (including anatomy, biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, or biomedical science).
  • applicants with a MBChB, BChD or BVMS from a UK or EU University
  • graduates with a second class second division science degree normally with appropriate work experience (two years or more) in a health subject area.

International qualifications

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 2019 23:59 or until the course is full.

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

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 and stating your three preferred research projects (see list that becomes available in December).
  • At least one academic reference
  • A photocopy of your passport (data page only) for International applicants


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.

Admissions policy

Link to admissions policy document


UK/EU fees: £10,500 (total)
International fees: £22,750 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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

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.

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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.

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