Research course

Human Sciences

University of York · Hull York Medical School

Entry requirements

Applicants will usually require a Masters degree in a relevant subject. Applicants applying for this programme whilst intercalating from the MBBS should apply for the July entry point, to commence the programme in August. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Your MPhil/PhD will give you the opportunity to conduct a substantial independent research project, leading to an original contribution to knowledge in your chosen field. You can work in a wide range of areas.

Our current students are researching topics as diverse as the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular disease, the role of doctors' consciences in clinical practice, and how dietary stresses and strains affect skull shape. Throughout your studies, you will be supervised by a leading expert in the field and supported by a specialist Thesis Advisory Panel.

As an PhD/MPhil student at HYMS, you will also take part in our Postgraduate Training Scheme, which provides you with extra opportunities to develop both specialist and transferable skills.

Before making your MPhil application, you need to find a member of academic staff at HYMS to supervise your research project. Your principal academic supervisor must be employed by either the University of York or the University of Hull.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 321782