Medical Sciences MMedSci by Research


Program Description

Research profile

The Masters in Medical Sciences programme is the only one of its kind in the UK and is proven to give graduates the competitive edge in the job market. It’s designed for high-calibre medicine graduates who want to explore and benefit from medical research, perhaps with a view to pursuing a PhD or a career in research.

We offer you the opportunity to undertake a research project in a laboratory or department relevant to your speciality. The choice of research projects carried out is wide and ranges from bench research to clinical research.

Examples of completed projects are:

  • Therapeutic Hypothermia Decreases Intracranial Pressure in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Renal Function in the 11β-Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase Type 1 Null Mouse
  • Immune cell populations in the mouse lung during RSV infection
  • Salt Appetite in Stable Heart Disease and Healthy Volunteers

You will need to secure a supervisor and project before starting the degree.

Programme structure

The programme begins with a taught component, providing you with an overview of the whole range of techniques used in medical research.

In the first two weeks, you will attend lectures on subjects ranging from stem cell biology to ethics and clinical trials. You will also receive statistics training and practical workshops in cell biology and molecular medicine. You will be taught practical techniques, including basic tissue culture, how to do PCRs and run Western Blots.

Around 20 per cent of the course will consist of taught classes and seminars. The rest is spent in your host department.

To consider your research interests and opportunities we advise you to visit Edinburgh’s Clinical Academic Training Centre (ECAT) or speak to the Programme Director.

Year 1

Compulsory courses

You must take these courses

  • Effective Presentations LISC11051 0 credits
  • Writing Up Science LISC11053 0 credits
  • Project Planning and Ethics in Scientific Research LISC11052 0 credits
  • Introduction to Molecular Biology VESC11001 0 credits
  • Current Topics in Veterinary Medicine VESC11002 0 credits
  • Literature Review and Project Plan GMED11036 30 credits
  • Poster Presentation GMED11037 20 credits
  • Research Seminar GMED11038 20 credits
  • Audited Lab Book GMED11040 30 credits

Course options

Group A

Select exactly 80 credits of the following courses

  • Manuscript GMED11039 80 credits OR
  • Molecular Pathology Project MCLM11025 80 credits


Group B

Select exactly 0 credits in this group.

  • CMVM Scientific Academic Writing TPGR11004 0 credits

Career opportunities

Around a quarter of our students continue on to a PhD. Those who choose to return to clinical practice go back with a broader experience of research than is afforded by the undergraduate clinical medicine curriculum.

Entry requirements

  • 2020 entry: A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.
  • 2021 entry: A medical degree (MBChB or equivalent).

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE Academic: total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration.

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme

If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.

Fees and costs

Tuition Fee: Medical Sciences (MMedSci by Research) (Full-time)

Academic Session Home/EU Overseas/International Online Distance Learning Additional Programme Costs
2019/0 £8,300 £26,600 £4,000

Tuition Fee: Medical Sciences (MMedSci by Research) (Part-time)

Academic Session Home/EU Overseas/International Online Distance Learning Additional Programme Costs
2019/0 £4,150 £13,300 £1,000

Annual tuition fee

Students on full-time and part-time programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that annual tuition fees are subject to revision and are typically increased by approximately 5% per annum. This annual increase should be taken into account when you are applying for a programme.

Scholarships and funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

How to apply

You must submit two references with your application.

When completing the online application form you are not required to complete a research proposal. You will select your first research project at the beginning of the programme. (Please ignore any automatically generated emails requesting this information from you during the application process.)

You will be formally interviewed (in person, by video-conferencing or Skype).

Last updated November 2019

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