Research course

Medical Sciences (by Research)

Lancaster University · Medicine
MSc by research

Entry requirements

Undergraduate medical students intercalating between 4th and 5th years of study require a top quartile outcome in MBChB finals. Other applicants must hold an upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant subject area. Candidates with a lower second class degree may be invited to interview to assess suitability.

Months of entry


Course content

During the MSc (Research) you will undertake a nine month research project, with a three month write up of your dissertation.

In the course of your year of research we will train you in how to design, conduct, analyse and write up a medical sciences-related research project. You supervisor will be drawn from our academic staff. Depending on the project this may also involve partners from a local NHS trust.

You will learn to design, conduct and report independent and original research, to critically evaluate relevant literature, to develop problem solving skills, to analyse research data, to communicate the results of research, to understand scholarly conventions in the discipline area, and to have respect for intellectual integrity and the ethics of research.

Recent projects include:

· The role of osteoarthritic cytokines in ochronotic arthropathy

· Localisation of the stem cell population in the cornea

· Ethical decision making in organ donation

· How do students’ social networks evolve during their time at medical school?

Previous graduates have presented their work at international academic conferences and had their work published in leading academic journals.

Department specialisms

Biostatistics and Epidemiology CHICAS (Combining Health Information, Computation and Statistics) is an internationally-regarded research group in biostatistics and epidemiology, particularly in geostatistical modelling and analytical methods. Our current research topics include: spatial and longitudinal data analysis, environmental and tropical disease epidemiology and e-health research. Medical Sciences Our research interests focus on cancer, genome stability, and musculo-skeletal disease. Using our excellent faculty-wide facilities we are able to carry out research in wide range of subjects in these research fields. Social and Ethical Aspects of Health and Medicine Our research focuses on the cultures of healthcare work and patient safety. Methodologically, we specialise in ethnography, documentary analysis, focus groups, and interviews on sensitive subjects with hidden populations. We invite proposals for postgraduate study in the broad areas of medical sociology, anthropology, and ethics; science, technology and medicine; masculinities and health; and organisational aspects of healthcare work. Medical Education Our research interests include: quality assurance in medical education, professionalism in medicine, innovation in medical education and admissions, public health and medical education, and medical education e-learning.

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 - £11,621 per year (including bench fee)
International students
£15,595 - £23,095 per year (including bench fee)

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0) 1524 593936