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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

Eligible applicants: UK, EU, international

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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Information for interntational students can be found in the international postgraduate prospectus.


Key areas of study

This course is research focused and core and optional modules explore: 

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

Course overview

The course has been designed to develop clinicians’ research skills and promote independent research skills in future principal investigators.

Education and training is provided in quantitative and qualitative research through classroom teaching, workshops, self-directed learning and the development of research skills. Students engage with a supervised research project at an early stage and are encouraged to develop autonomy in project design, management, governance and reporting. They are also expected to give presentations and publish their research work.

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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 modules in the MRes in Medical Research have definitely helped me develop as an academic doctor. I feel more confident with statistics, and more able to write scientific literature. The course leader has been extremely friendly and helpful as well."

Dr Dev Katarey
Medical Research MRes graduate 

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

Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)

Essential Statistics for Health and Medical Research (20 credits)


Evidence Based Practice (20 credits)


Clinical Trials Management (20 credits)


Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)

Essential Statistics for Health and Medical Research (20 credits)

PLUS two of the following modules:


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. 

It is expected that they will present their studies at conference presentations and in appropriate professional journals.

Entry requirements

A first degree plus a stated desire to develop as a researcher.


Evidence of involvement in an ongoing research programme, award of a research grant or employer support for a research project.


Successful completion of at least three years’ basic medical science at a UK medical school (having gained at least 360 credits) with a guaranteed place to continue medical studies on completion of the MSc.

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.

For international students, a minimum IELTS scoreof 7.0 is required.

Fees and funding

The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2019-20. Where courses are taken part-time over more than one academic year, fees are usually charged pro-rata for the modules taken during each academic year.  


UK / EU / Channel Islands Students £6,426
International £15,012


International £10,008


UK £2,142
International £5,004


All BSMS students on Masters courses accredited jointly by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2019-20. 

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Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal.