Taught course

Experimental Medicine (Musculoskeletal)

The University of Manchester · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

We require an Upper Second undergraduate degree in biomedical, medical, life sciences, pharmaceutics, biotechnology or pharmacy or in medicine, nursing or midwifery from any UK university or overseas equivalent as approved by The University of Manchester.

We also require you to hold existing qualifications to conduct clinical research such as a General Medical Council-registered physician, Nursing and Midwifery Council-registered nurse or clinical trial coordinator, including evidence of current good clinical practice training. Relevant experience and commitment to musculoskeletal research will be beneficial.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MRes Experimental Medicine (Musculoskeletal) programme will give nurses, doctors, clinical researchers and research programme managers the skills needed to work in early phase clinical studies.

You will learn how to master experimental medicine with a focus on musculoskeletal through a combination of traditional teaching and hands-on learning that includes spending a year working closely with the Experimental Medicine Musculoskeletal Team of the Biomedical Research Centre while also taking four structured taught units.

The taught units will see you learn the details of designing and delivering Phase 1 clinical studies, understanding the pre-clinical data required before a clinical programme can commence, and how to optimise early clinical studies to provide evidence for progressing a promising drug or intervention into Phase II/III clinical testing.

Alongside the taught elements, you will have a named supervisor and be exposed to tasks required in the setup, delivery, interpretation and audit of a clinical study.

Nursing and physician students may participate in patient care, including new and follow-on patient clinics, treatment and care-giving episodes with patients.

For non-registered clinical researchers and research programme managers, no direct patient contact is envisaged and you may participate in clinical trial setup, protocol amendments, database setup, data entry, costing and billing for clinical research.

You will be able to choose two aspects of your direct clinical trial research experience to write up for your two research projects in a dissertation format. This will give you the skills and knowledge required to critically report medical, scientific and clinically related sciences for peer review.

Information for international students

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : minimum 6.5 in all components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 20 in writing).

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5220