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Degree awarded
Master of Research
12 months
Entry requirements

Candidates are selected from the students admitted to the MBChB undergraduate course of The University of Manchester. The minimum criterion for admission is satisfactory achievement in years 1 to 3 / 4 of the undergraduate medical programme.

For University of St Andrews students, this includes their three-year degree programme and the following one or two years spent in Manchester (years 3 and 4 of the Manchester programme).

We also accept intercalating medical students from other UK Universities including home medical and dental graduates and international medical graduates who can demonstrate relevant experience and commitment to biomedical research.

International students must have an equivalent classification and should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

To give you the greatest opportunity to join our course and make the admissions process and quick and easy as possible we recommend you read the below guidance.

We recommend you apply as early as possible. The final deadline is the end of July . We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully. Contact if you have problems.


Your application form must be accompanied by supporting documents:

  • Two academic references. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly so please inform them yourself.
  • Copies of official degree certificates (with translations if not in English)
  • Copies of official University transcripts (with translations if not in English)
  • A personal statement. This should be a page in length:
    • why you want to undertake this course of study;
    • any relevant past experience and what you think you can bring to the course;
    • how this course fits into your future career plans;
    • any other information you think relevant to your application.
  • Full curriculum vitae including voluntary experience
  • A scanned copy of your passport
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if required)

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or sent directly to . After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

It is recognised by the Research Councils, universities and employers that a gap has opened up between the skills possessed by new medical graduates and the skills normally expected on entry to a research degree or an industrial research career. The MRes in Medical Sciences has been specifically designed to bridge this gap.

The purpose of the MRes is to provide a Masters-level programme that will equip students from the medical and dental sciences with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue a research-based career in academic medicine. It focuses on medical research rather than biological science research.

Students interrupt their clinical training after Year 3 or 4 to undertake the programme.

Applications are also welcome from other eligible candidates.

This programme has both taught and research components and is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees or provide a sponsor letter (which we must first confirm), before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
Contact name
Dylan Mangan
+44 (0)161 306 5439
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