MRes Medical Sciences / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2024

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

On this degree, we allow you some flexibility in identifying and choosing a supervisor and research project. We do not require or expect you to have developed your own research proposals or to have identified a supervisor at the time of application. You will work with the programme director to identify a University of Manchester Clinical Academic Supervisor and project to match your interests.

Your application form must be accompanied by supporting documents:

  • 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 300-500 words in length and include:
    • 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 CV including voluntary experience;
  • a scanned copy of your passport;
  • proof of English proficiency (if required);
  • for applicants who are not currently enrolled on the Manchester MBChB course, we require two academic references. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years.

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.

Intercalating students from other universities

Medical students from other universities in the UK who have completed Years 1 to 3 or 4 of the undergraduate curriculum are also eligible to transfer to this course if you have satisfied similar criteria to those stated in the Entry requirements section and have demonstrated an outstanding academic record in your university.

How your application is considered

On receipt of all required supporting documentation your application will be reviewed by the relevant Course Director. Applicants are considered on an academic and relevant professional experience basis, based on all information provided.

Interview requirements

Entry to this course will be on the basis of academic recommendation by the Hospital Dean and interview.

For the interview, all applicants are requested to present a five-minute talk with PowerPoint slides on a topic of medical research interest. This can be based around a single academic paper, an academic paper that has received media coverage or your own research experience.

You are expected to present a structured presentation with use of graphical and pictorial material as appropriate.

The presentation will be followed by a panel-led discussion of the material presented, followed by questions relating to career aspirations, motivation for a career in medical research and current research interests.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We accept medical graduates as external overseas applicants.

CAS information

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees 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.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course, the Admissions Team will be in contact at the appropriate time.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.


Deferrals are considered on an individual basis. Successful applicants may defer entry to the course for up to one year.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.