Research course


University of Nottingham · School of Medicine
PhDMSc by researchMPhil

Entry requirements

Candidates who wish to register for a PhD will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:1 (or international equivalent) classification; candidates who wish to register for a DM will require a registrable medical qualification. Evidence of research activity, including BMedSci or BSc degrees, will be an advantage; candidates who wish to register for an MRes, MSc (by research) or MPhil degree will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:2 (or international equivalent) classification.

Months of entry

December, October, July, April, February

Course content

The Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology (CEBD) focuses on health technology assessment and epidemiology as applied to people with skin problems. The centre at King’s Meadow Campus currently hosts 27 research staff, and is led by Professor Hywel Williams and Professor Kim Thomas.

We are sometimes able to host clinical research fellows through external funding opportunities which are advertised nationally. We lack the senior capacity at present to host external PhD students.

The centre houses the Cochrane Skin Group, which identifies research priorities through systematic reviews, which are then picked up and addressed by the UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network – a national network of mainly dermatologists who conduct independent randomized controlled trials. We run a portfolio of around five national clinical trials.

We also conduct important methodological work especially into the field of childhood eczema. The centre is also running a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Programme Grant on identifying and reducing uncertainties in the treatment of people with skin diseases.

Themes of the Applied Programme Grant include prevention of eczema, treatment of eczema, vitiligo, squamous cell carcinoma and a national clinical trial of treatments for pyoderma gangrenosum. Over the next five years, the CEBD will continue to increase its portfolio of independent clinical trials by expanding into Europe and then globally.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
72-96 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559