Research course

Doctor of Medicine

University of Kent · School of Biosciences

Entry requirements

You must have held a qualification recognised by the General Medical Council for at least three years and have carried out appropriate clinical or scientific work for at least three years.

Months of entry


Course content

This degree provides experienced practitioners with the opportunity to obtain an MD (broadly equivalent to a PhD) after a period of research.

The degree lasts between two and five years and you usually conduct your research alongside your normal clinical employment in an appropriate medical position. You can do your research either at the University or in a recognised medical institution in the region. You can obtain the degree either by pursuing a programme of research after registration, or by submitting a portfolio of publications, together with a summary description and documentation.

Research in the School of Biosciences is focused primarily on essential biological processes at the molecular and cellular level, encompassing the disciplines of biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology and biomedical research.

The School’s research has three main themes;

  • Protein Science - encompasses researchers involved in Industrial Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology, and Protein Form and Function.
  • Molecular Microbiology - encompasses researchers interested in Yeast Molecular Biology (incorporating the Kent Fungal Group) and Microbial Pathogenesis.
  • Biomolecular Medicine - encompasses researchers involved in Cell Biology, Cancer Targets and Therapies and Cytogenomics and Bioinformatics.

Each led by a senior Professor and underpinned by excellent research facilities. The School-led development of the Centre for Molecular Processing (CMP), with staff from the other four other Schools in the Faculty of Sciences, facilitates and encourages interdisciplinary projects. The School has a strong commitment to translational research, impact and industrial application with a substantial portfolio of enterprise activity and expertise.

Kent Fungal Group

Centre for Molecular Processing

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

For information about funding, including scholarships, please visit

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office
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