Research course

Medicine (M.D)

Lancaster University · School of Health and Medicine

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 full-time Doctoral level research project at Lancaster (or part-time pro-rata).

Our links with 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

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

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MD
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1524 592032