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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

  • 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 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

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

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

The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2018-19. 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 £6,270
International £14,580


UK £2,613
International £4,860


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 2018/19. 

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Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal.