Research course

Doctor of Medicine MD

University of Chester · Institute of Medicine

Entry requirements

UK applicants to the Doctor of Medicine in Internal Medicine should have:

  • an MBBS or equivalent degree from a recognised medical school
  • Three years post MBBS experience including one year of internship at a hospital and must supply their Certificate of Completion.
  • MRCP Diploma
  • Current GMC registration
  • A reference letter confirming that all previous training in medicine has been in English.
  • Two character reference letters from any member of their medical school academic staff, OR from their current senior medical colleagues and consultants.
  • UK applicants would be credited with the following modules by APEL: MD7003, MD7069, MD7091, MD7092, MD7093 & MD8101, MD8102, MD8103.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctor of Medicine is a research degree which will prepare you for publication of high-quality clinical research. It will also provide intensive clinical training which is ideal preparation for completion of MRCP(UK). This is an exciting opportunity to join a novel training course developed by the University of Chester along with the Countess of Chester Hospital in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians, London (including support for the candidates to obtain General Medical Council registration at the beginning of the course). The course constitutes a combination of three years of rotational hands-on training in all the major clinical specialities (e.g. Cardiology, Acute Medicine, Stroke Medicine and Neurology and others) in a top UK hospital, alongside comprehensive development of research skills.

You will join a team of clinical, educational and research supervisors from Countess of Chester Hospital and the University of Chester in a well-developed three-year structured course, in which you will have opportunity to gain theoretical, clinical and research skills in all main specialities of Medicine. The research topic will be jointly run by the research team at the Institute of Medicine and the medical staff at one of the Countess of Chester Hospitals.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Stay and work in one of the oldest universities in the UK.
  • Gain experience in a variety of research projects and methodologies, leading to publication(s) in peer reviewed journals.
  • Gain hands-on training in all major specialities of clinical medicine supported by named supervisors.
  • Clinical training portfolios akin to the UK local training programme in partnership with RCP London, enabling completion of MRCP.
  • Work as a junior doctor (paid work up to 20 hours a week) alongside the local graduates.

This course is ideal for ambitious International Doctors who will benefit from a Clinical MD, intensive clinical training, MRCP, options for working in the NHS and research training. We expect graduates from the course to become prominent clinical academics in their country of origin.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Chester Medical School