Research course


University of Cambridge · Department of Medicine

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Medical Degree.

The medical degree must give entitlement to provisional or full registration with the UK General Medical Council.

Applicants must also hold an appropriate contract of employment with a member institution of Cambridge University Health Partners, which normally allows for a minimum of two-years' full-time research (or part-time equivalent), plus time to write up the dissertation. Applicants are expected to be at ST1 grade or above.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

The MD degree – on a par academically with the PhD – is aimed at medically qualified clinicians working in Cambridge who hold suitable research appointments within Cambridge University Health Partners (ie the University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, and Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust).

Research projects, allied to the area in which the candidate is currently employed, can be undertaken across the whole spectrum of medical science from basic biology to clinical therapies. All applicants must be employed by CUHP at the time of their application and have sufficient dedicated research time (full- or part-time) to complete the proposed research.

Applicants are asked to submit a detailed research proposal with their application. If accepted, a University supervisor will be appointed and the candidate will be expected to work on the project part-time (usually alongside their clinical commitments within CUHP), and to submit their thesis within a maximum of six years. Like the PhD, the work is examined by thesis and viva. As registered part-time students of the University, MD candidates will have access to a wide range of library and computing facilities, as well as social and pastoral resources in their Colleges.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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