Entry requirements

Applications will be considered from:

  • Non-graduates who have successfully completed three years of a UK medical degree (or equivalent), and wish to take the MRes course as an intercalated course.

  • Applicants with a first class or second class first division degree in a science allied with medicine (including anatomy, biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, or biomedical science).

  • Applicants with a MBChB, BChD or BVMS from a UK or EU University graduates with a second class second division science degree normally with appropriate work experience (two years or more) in a health subject area.

This course is also available as an intercalated programme to students who have completed three years of a UK medical degree and are normally ranked in the top 50% of their year of study. Read more at Intercalation.

Students taking this course as an intercalated degree are subject to different deadlines of application.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in writing and 6.5 in all other components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

The Medicine MRes is a strongly research-based course, which gives you the training and opportunity to develop as a scientist or scientifically-literate clinician. Our course is designed to help you gain a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and techniques relevant to medical research and to enable you to develop the ability to critically and creatively evaluate current issues in medicine and health. You’ll gain experience in formulating new hypotheses and exploring the causes and consequences of diseases by conducting rigorous scientific research in a laboratory, with patients or with patient data.

Make an impact

Medical research plays an enormous role in improving patient care and outcomes. Through our course you’ll significantly grow your specialist skills and knowledge, gaining the experience to feel equipped for a career in the field, contributing to impactful research that will improve the lives of patients.

Course highlights

A nine-month research project helps you to develop specialised knowledge, as well as design and undertake a substantial piece of publishable research. You’ll be based in one of our internationally-renowned institutes and be supervised by leading experts in their field. You can choose from a range of research opportunities in applied health, cancer and pathology, cardiovascular, genes and development, medical education and musculoskeletal topics.

The School of Medicine is a major international centre for research and education. Our ambition is to improve health and reduce health inequalities, locally and globally, through excellent research and its translation into healthcare practice, and the education of future scientific and clinical leaders who will advocate and practise an evidence-based approach.

The MRes Medicine is designed to resemble a mini PhD. The main part of the academic year is dedicated to the Research Project. You’ll be involved in assessments mimicking the tasks that an academic researcher is involved with. For instance you’ll have to write a research proposal, a literature review, an impact statement, and a press release. You’ll be expected to critically analyse data to write up a final report that you will present orally.

You’ll experience a mix of stimulating lectures and interactive small group teaching.

The taught modules will help you develop numerical and qualitative skills that are essential in medical research such as data analysis and paper appraisal. All teaching is research led and you’ll be taught by experts in the field.
The MRes Medicine is an exciting and challenging course designed for who want to advance their research skills and be immersed in a research project.

For more information please find us on Coursefinder.

Information for international students

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

Fees and funding

The University of Leeds offers a number of scholarships, please visit our page about Masters funding overview

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School of Medicine Postgraduate Admissions
+ 44(0) 113 343 0806