Taught course

Health Sciences Research (Renal)

University of Bristol · Bristol Medical School

Entry requirements

The programme comprises two 10-credit units and two 20-credit units, along with a 120-credit research project. You will have a choice of two different projects: in renal sciences or in renal epidemiology/health sciences. The project consists of an extended period of research work, followed by writing a thesis, a viva and an oral presentation. You can choose to undertake a clinical placement alongside the project.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes Health Sciences Research (Renal) programme is new for 2019. In it you will develop essential skills for postgraduate research with a particular emphasis on renal sciences. The MRes is suitable for graduates in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and bioscience subjects who wish to develop their renal research skills.

This course is run by members of Bristol Renal, a group that covers the translational spectrum from basic science to applied health services research. The group comprises about 50 research staff including eight principal investigators, clinical lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, clinical and non-clinical research fellows, PhD students and technicians.

Eight-month laboratory and epidemiology renal research projects will be offered to students, including those with links to the UK Renal Registry here at Bristol. In-depth independent performance analysis metrics (SciVal, Elsevier) demonstrate that Bristol is a top research grouping internationally for glomerular disease and proteinuria. Our world-class research environment will also be evident in the research-led lectures delivered on this course.

Bristol Renal has strong links to the clinical (adult) renal unit at Southmead Hospital and paediatric renal unit at Bristol Royal Hospital for children, offering the unique option of a clinical placement within your renal research project.

This programme is also suitable for medical, dental and veterinary students interested in pursuing a renal-focused research-intensive intercalation option after three years of study.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Rebecca Foster
0117 331 3086