Research course

Medicine

Institution
Durham University · School of Medicine and Health
Qualifications
PhDMDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the MSc include a Bachelor degree at 2:1 Honours equivalent or better; entry requirements for the PhD include a Bachelor degree /Masters; entry requirement for the MD and MPhil include a Bachelor degree at 2:1 Honours equivalent or better /Masters plus, for the MD, applicants must be a medical practitioner with a qualification which is recognised for registration by the General Medical Council for the United Kingdom.

Months of entry

October

Course content

PhD: Assessment by thesis of up to 100,000 words which assessed by viva. The subject of the thesis is a substantial piece of original research through which you demonstrate your ability to undertake independent research. Most students are either practicing clinicians or other health professionals seeking to understand their area of practice in greater detail or to gain entry to a more academically oriented career.

MD (Doctor of Medicine): Assessment by a thesis of up to 100,000 words which assessed by viva. (Note part time MDs are restricted to a small number of students.) The subject of the thesis is a substantial piece of original research through which you demonstrate your ability to undertake independent research and extend knowledge in your clinical specialty. Students are already active clinicians or, if in between clinical appointments, have agreed access to clinical resources with a supportive healthcare provider. An MD can lead to a PhD if the topic proves suitable, the topic or method is more complex than usual, and the student displays an aptitude for original research.

Masters of Philosophy: Assessment by a thesis of up to 60,000 words by oral viva. Students undertaking an MPhil in the School of Medicine and Health are often employed in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships between the University and industry. This opens the opportunity for employment in a relevant economic sector as students will have gained two years experience working in a relevant industry partner on the University's behalf. An MPhil can lead to a PhD if the topic proves suitable and an aptitude for original research is demonstrated

Masters of Science: Assessment by a thesis of up to 50,000 words. The research project is usually narrower than in the longer research degrees. Most students undertaking an MSc by research are already in fulltime employment. This degree is suitable for people who have a very focused topic for research, are seeking to re-enter the world of academia and research after a long absence, or who are desirous of exploring their aptitude for undertaking research prior to making a larger time commitment. A research based MSc can lead to postgraduate research at a higher level (MPhil or PhD) after one year if the topic proves suitable and an aptitude for research is demonstrated.

Information for international students

English language requirements include an overall band score of at least 7.0 in the IELTS test (with no element below 6.0) or at least 102 in the TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test) (with no element under 23).

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MD

part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MPhil

part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health
Email
taughtpostgraduate.sfh@durham.ac.uk
Phone
(0) 191 33 40815