Research course


Lancaster University · Biomedical and Life Science

Entry requirements

Applicants must (i) hold a medical or dental qualification recognised by the UK General Medical/Dental Council, (ii) must have held this qualification for at least three years by the date of submission, and (iii) must be employed during their period of registration in appropriate clinical or scientific work in hospitals or institutions (associated with the University) within the local NHS region.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctor of Medicine degree scheme provides opportunities for clinically qualified candidates to undertake a two year Doctoral level research project at Lancaster.

Our links with the Lancaster Medical School and many NHS trusts provide a wide range of opportunities for medically related research. You will be supervised by a clinical supervisor and a member of academic staff in Biomedical and Life Sciences or the Medical School.

Department specialisms

Ageing and Neurodegenerative Disease Progressive degeneration of the nervous system features in many human diseases and can be characterised by impaired movement or cognition. Our research into the underlying processes of healthy ageing is complemented by studying those that lead to brain dysfunction and degeneration in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Motor Neurone disease. We also research biochemical and structural techniques to understand cellular function at its fundamental level, particularly: corneal stem cell therapies, proteoglycan structure and function, the developmental genetics of Drosophila, and ex vivo human gut tissue modelling. Cancer and DNA Damage Our research investigates aspects of the molecular and cellular biology of cancer including: cellular effects of exposure to carcinogens and ultraviolet light, DNA repair mechanisms, cell cycle control, and the molecular events behind leukaemia, and prostate and colorectal cancers. Parasitology and Microbiology Our research seeks to develop a better understanding of the cell biology of protozoan parasites and yeast, applicable not only to medical parasitology, but also exploiting micro-organisms as models for understanding human cellular function. We also undertake research into viruses as well as prokaryotic and other eukaryotic micro-organisms.

Information for international students

IELTS: At least 6.5 overall (minimum element scores apply).

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593936