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Medical Research

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Medical Research

Key facts

MRes, PGCert

Full-time: 1-3 years

Part-time: 3-5 years

Location: University of Brighton Falmer campus

Course leader: Trevor Welland >

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This course is validated by the University of Brighton.

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Further information about this course can be found in the Course Application Handbook.

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Key areas of study

  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Essential statistics for health and medical research
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Clinical trials management
  • Advanced research skills
  • Epidemiology

Course overview

This course has been designed to develop future research leaders who are able to complete a PhD, conduct independent research and be future principal investigators.

It is aimed at doctors, academic clinical trainees and other researchers across a range of fields. Robust education and training is provided in quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis methods.

Learning beyond the classroom comprises scientific, clinical and research reading as well as the practical development and application of research skills. Students will engage with a research project at a very early stage and will gain autonomy in research project management and governance. There is an opportunity to learn through teaching on the chosen topic, particularly if the research topic focuses on education. A series of Research Skills workshops is provided to further develop students’ research abilities.

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"The MRes in Medical Research has given me the confidence and skills to develop my own research project. The face- to-face teaching on the modules has been excellent and I have had the opportunity to meet other health professionals doing a higher research degree. My course leader has been enthusiastic, approachable and incredibly supportive." 

Sangeetha Sornalingam, MRes Medical Research student


"The dissertation has provided me with my first opportunity since graduating to be involved in primary research from conception to dissemination. One of the great things about the course is that it requires the production of a research paper from the dissertation that is suitable for publication. I can now appreciate the implications of primary resarch studies upon my patients and interpret them to guide management decisions."

Dr Simon Glew 

Course structure

Modules are assessed by 3,000 word written assignments which are centred on case studies or a relevant topic agreed between the student and the module leader. In addition there is a 16,000 word dissertation and 3,000 word draft paper for publication.

PG Cert

MDM10 Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)

MDM66 Essential Statistics for Health and Medical Research (20 credits)


MDM34 Evidence Based Practice (20 credits)


MDM112 Clinical Trials Management (20 credits)


MDM10 Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)

MDM66 Essential Statistics for Health and Medical Research (20 credits)

PLUS two of the following modules:


MDM100 Research Dissertation (100 credits)

Career opportunities

The course is a stepping stone to PhD studies and collaborative or independent research in the future. Course graduates will be research-literate, research-skilled and equipped to be research-active in their careers. 

Entry requirements

Applications will be considered from NHS staff, those in the pharmaceutical industry and others who wish to develop their skills and experience in research. Academic clinical fellows at BSMS will be accepted automatically on the course.

It is possible to take the MRes Medical Research as an intercalated degree. For more information on intercalating at BSMS click here.

International applicants who meet the above entry criteria and have IELTS (minimum score of 7.0, with no less than 6.5 in each section) are welcome to apply.

Fees and funding (2017-18)


UK / EU / Channel Islands Students £6,120
International £14,490


UK £2,550
International £4,830


All BSMS students on Masters courses accredited jointly by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton, including the PG Clinical Diploma Physician Associate course, are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2017/18. 

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Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal.