Taught course

Medical Sciences

The University of Manchester · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Candidates are selected from the students admitted to the MBChB undergraduate course of The University of Manchester, including those from The University of St Andrews. The minimum admission is satisfactory achievement in years 1 to 4 of the undergraduate programme, with no failure in the past 2 academic years. For University of St Andrews students, this includes their three-year degree programme and the following two years spent in Manchester (years 3 and 4 of the Manchester programme). We also accept home medical and dental graduates and international medical graduates who can demonstrate relevant experience and commitment to biomedical research.

Months of entry


Course content

It is recognised by the Research Councils, universities and employers that a gap has opened up between the skills possessed by new medical graduates and the skills normally expected on entry to a research degree or an industrial research career. The MRes in Medical Sciences has been specifically designed to bridge this gap.

The purpose of the MRes is to provide a Masters-level programme that will equip students from the medical and dental sciences with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue a research-based career in academic medicine. It focuses on medical research rather than biological science research.

Students interrupt their clinical training after Year 4 to undertake the programme.

Applications are also welcome from other eligible candidates.

Module details
The programme comprises of four compulsory components

Research skills units
Clinical Masterclass
Two full time research placements (10 and 25 weeks), including one written project and one final report
Students usually stay in the same research group for both placements, which has the advantage of allowing them to become an integrated part of the team and, by progressing through each project, gradually increase the depth and complexity of their research.

Each student will be allocated a personal supervisor within their research group and also attend a series of 1:1 meetings with the course director or deputy to ensure learning goals are being achieved.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 575 paper-based or 230 computer-based.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Medicine
+44 (0)161 275 1367