Research underpins every aspect of modern evidence based medicine. It is a well-accepted paradigm that advanced research skills develop greater understanding in doctors, positively influencing their practice. The MRes in Clinical Science provides you with the opportunity to experience the reality of cutting-edge medical research. It comprises a complete package of research skills wrapped around a student selected and closely mentored project. Research skills are transferrable so it is not necessary to select a project in the discipline you aspire to, but the MRes in Clinical Science does accommodate research projects on the full spectra of clinical scientific research. It will provide you with a research base upon which to build your career. The research skills you will acquire will give you a competitive advantage and contribute positively to your future practice - life-long and irrespective of the kind of doctor you eventually choose to become. We invite you to explore the wealth of research activity described in this on-line Research Directory and please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information.
Intercalating strengthens your future job applications and can give you extra points for educational achievements on the scoring system for applications to the UK Foundation Training Programme.
- Additional degrees (maximum 5 points)
- Publications (maximum 2 points)
Read the guidance published by the UKFPO for more information.
Gaining extra points could make the difference between getting a Foundation job in your preferred region or having to move well away from family and friends. Equally, within the Foundation school that you are allocated, it may help you get the hospital rotation that you particularly want.
In applications for core and specialty training and also at Consultant level, the experience gained during a year of intercalation, and the additional degree qualification that you obtain can be strong determinants in favour of candidates.
Evidence Based Medicine
Finally, intercalated degrees often include a period of research. Medical research is great fun, though sometimes hard work. The feeling of achievement when you make a new discovery or become a valued member of a research group, is immense. Having experience of undertaking research is always helpful whatever post you end up doing as you will gain a broad range of new skills, and understand the difficulties of carrying out research whether in a laboratory or on patients or the public etc. If you are at all interested in an academic career pathway, then undertaking an intercalated degree is very important and you would be sensible to pick a degree that does include a strong research project element.