Research course

Doctor of Medicine by Research

Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Medical Science

Entry requirements

All of our MD (Res) students must hold an undergraduate medical qualification and must be eligible to register with the General Council. If you want to take hands-on clinical research you must be registered and hold appropriate indemnity. Typically you’ll be a medical graduate at ST level. However we do welcome applications from any medical doctor, including consultants, at any stage of their training and career. You must be able to devote a substantial amount of time to research. This may mean taking time out from the course to do a piece of full-time research, and then devote further study leave during clinical training to complete the work.

All applications for research degrees are subject to consideration by supervisors and authorisation by the Director of Research and the Academic Office. An interview may take place face-to-face or remotely. Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

On this challenging programme you’ll develop and propose a research topic, generally along the lines of an empirical scientific project that’s relevant to your clinical specialty. Supervision and support is provided by a carefully selected team that will include at least one medical doctor in your specialty and others as required.

All of our MD (Res) students become visiting fellows of the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI). We’ll provide comprehensive research training to help you get most from your programme.

By studying for an MD (Res), you’ll be able to develop your research skills in and outside of clinical practice. Courses include research methodology, statistics and scientific writing.
For more details please visit the university website.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Fees and funding

For advice on funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers. Where available, the ARU jobs search lists research positions/scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Faculty Admissions Team
+44 (0) 1245 686868