Research course


The University of Manchester · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants for admission must hold an MBChB degree or equivalent medical degree.

The nature of the research project must require the candidate to have specialist clinical knowledge and/or skills in order to complete at least one aspect (e.g. recruitment/assessment of patients, acquisition of experimental samples, experimental procedures, interpretation of findings) of the study. Consequently, it is expected that all MD candidates will have a clinician as part of the supervisory team.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

MD study at The University of Manchester is a challenging yet rewarding experience. You will have access to first-class facilities and work within a vibrant research community across the University and partner NHS Trust sites.

There are opportunities for MD students to transfer to the PhD programme following rigorous assessment at the end-of-year report stage of the programme. Any transfer to the PhD programme is dependent on continued funding for the period of the programme and your capacity to complete the extended PhD programme before any return to your clinical duties.

Applicants who are classified as overseas for tuition fee purposes may be eligible to pay the equivalent Home tuition fee rate. To qualify for this, applicants must hold a valid NHS contract with a University of Manchester affiliated NHS Trust for each full 12-month registration period. Applicants should note that this subsidised fee can only be applied to the MD programme and any change of programme will require the full international fee to be paid.

Applicants whose medical training was undertaken outside of the UK/Ireland must hold a medical qualification that is recognised for registration by the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom.

North West Deanery trainees

The University of Manchester and its partner NHS Trusts have a wide range of research opportunities for North West Deanery trainees. Trainees need to have sufficient time out of the programme to fulfil the specified time commitment required for registration on an MD programme.

Trainees registered on a full-time research programme may, with approval from their supervisory team, undertake clinical duties limited to one clinical session per week and occasional weekend on-call duties.


MD projects may be specified in advance, with applications encouraged for pre-defined research studies. Alternatively, we encourage research proposals from applicants seeking MD places through direct contact with academics and research groups.

Often, the most rewarding projects are those developed in partnership between applicants and potential supervisors in overlapping areas of interest.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, or for those who have not recently studied in the United Kingdom, you must supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test. Please note IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.

We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL iBT 90. For the writing component, we expect that you have achieved a minimum of 6.0 (IELTS) or 21-23 (iBT). For each of the other components of the English test you should meet the minimum requirement of IELTS 5.5, TOEFL iBT 18.

For more information about English language tests see English language requirements.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements, including English language, see entry requirements from your country .

Fees and funding

UK students
Standard £4,260, Low £8,500, Medium £15,000, High £20,000
International students
Standard £22,000, Low £23,500, Medium £29,500, High £34,500

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5608