Research course

Translational Health Sciences

University of Bristol · Bristol Medical School
PhDMSc by researchMD

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a biological or related science or medical subject.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Translational Health Sciences is part of the Bristol Medical School. Staff and students are based in high-quality research and clinical settings across the city, including the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Southmead Hospital and the advanced laboratory facilities in the Dorothy Hodgkin Building. The school undertakes laboratory-based, translational and applied research, fostering a high level of collaboration between staff and students. It comprises a mix of basic and medically trained scientists, enabling high-quality collaborative translational and healthcare research using a wide range of techniques - from molecular biology to epidemiology.

Our work focuses on clinical research and a significant part of this has translated to clinical trials that are led by the school. These include ongoing trials related to:

  • cardiac surgery
  • uveitis
  • childhood vaccination and anti-microbial therapy
  • treatment of obesity in childhood and adult life
  • therapies for diabetic neuropathy
  • treatment of early Alzheimer's disease
  • neurosurgical approaches to Parkinson's disease
  • immunotherapy and bone marrow stem cell therapy in multiple sclerosis
  • interventions for treatment of neonatal brain injury
  • type 1 diabetes prevention
  • improvement of outcomes from joint replacement
  • novel methods of glucocorticoid treatment in critical illness and inflammatory disorders
  • treatment of nephrotic syndrome
  • management of pleural disease

These studies are complemented by translational clinical studies, engaging both clinical and basic scientists.

School staff are leaders in their fields, with extensive national and international research collaborations providing a wide range of skills that contribute to a first-class working environment in which to undertake interdisciplinary research and teaching.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
48-84 months
full time
24-60 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team