MRes Clinical Science
- Full Time
- Degree of Master of Research
- Course Length
- 1 years
- Course Start Date
- September 2024
Clinical Science research underpins every aspect of modern medicine. Clinical research and practice operate as quite separate entities, but it is now widely accepted that advanced research skills develop a greater depth of understanding in doctors – and have a hugely positive impact on their practice.
Our Master’s course in Clinical Science is designed to enable practicing medical professionals to develop a mature approach to a specialist area of research. We believe that an interested student is a motivated student, so we accommodate the full spectrum of clinical scientific research, letting you select and define the question you wish to pursue.
The programme includes four learning modules, but your Master’s dissertation will be your main focus throughout the year. As well as arming you with key research skills, which will prove invaluable to your career, we aim to instil a love of research in you, and to contribute positively to your future practice.
Our MRes Clinical Science is your chance to experience the reality of cutting-edge clinical research. You’ll develop a broader, more considered approach to a specific area of medical research, gaining expertise in the intellectual and practical skills of scientific research in the process. And you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the underlying theories, and greater comprehension of the importance of critical review in the practice of evidence-based medicine.
Driven by the research interests of our students, our programme is incredibly diverse. You choose the project that you want to work on, and we provide the close expert mentoring and the learning to help you develop advanced research skills.
Whether you want to explore the design and deployment of new drugs, or you have a desire to optimise the delivery of primary care, we can accommodate you. And the research skills you’ll acquire will be entirely transferrable, so your project doesn’t have to fall within a discipline you aspire to working in.
Your year with us will be dominated by your dissertation research project, and you'll also undertake four learning modules. Our approach throughout is designed to promote a thorough understanding of the diversity and breadth of medicine, the benefits of research, and the value every health professional can add by contributing to the advancement of collective medical knowledge.
It’s our hope that you'll find your experience of conducting your own research enjoyable, liberating, fulfilling and useful, and that the skills you learn will provide you with a research base to build a career upon for the foreseeable future.
Placement Year and Study Abroad
Research projects occasionally involve time spent studying abroad, however this is dependent on your project and mentor. Any time overseas must be arranged in a way so that no scheduled teaching or coursework are missed.
Study and Modules
The majority of your time with us will spent on the signature 100-credit dissertation module. Expertly mentored but chosen by – and personalised to you, this module begins on the day you arrive with us and ends with the submission of your dissertation. And it’s an incredible opportunity to learn how to undertake and deliver research of a publishable standard.
To support your dissertation, you’ll have the opportunity to take four research skill modules. They’ll reinforce your learning and optimise the outcome of your clinical research, while arming you with skills that you can use in your professional career.
If you’d like to find more about our wealth of research activity, please visit our online Research Directory, and please get in touch via email@example.com if you would like more in-depth information.
Optional A Modules(Credits: 20)
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.
Teaching and Learning
The four research skill modules you'll undertake will be taught by experts in the field and delivered through a variety of methods and formats. These include lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.
Our MRes degree has been designed to encourage autonomy and independence in not only defining your preferred area of study, but also in locating relevant resources and evaluating information. You'll have access to expert mentoring, but the emphasis is very much placed on your own pursuit of your research objectives.
You'll need to submit coursework for the majority of the taught modules, however only one of the modules involves a written test. You'll need to achieve a pass in all four modules.
The dissertation module, which represents the majority of your Master’s, is comprised of three elements: a review of the literature, a research paper, and piece of reflection.
- Degree Classification
- Bachelors degree - 2.2 or equivalent
- Degree Subject
- Medicine, Biomedicine, Health, Psychology or Life Science related degrees
- English Foreign Language
Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):
IELTS: 6.0 (with min 6.0 in Writing & Speaking and 5.5 in Listening & Reading)
Test dates should be within 2 years of the course start date.
We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.
If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:
This course is open to UK and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year
Additional Information or Requirements
This course is open to medical students wanting to intercalate after the 3rd or 4th year of their UK Medical, Dental or Veterinary degree.
Our Admissions Policy applies to the admissions of all postgraduate applicants.
Fees and Funding
Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2024/25 are:
UK Students: £9,975 (full time)
International Students: £21,200 (full time)
If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students).
We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month.
Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
Course Related Costs
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.
How to Apply
Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.
To apply please use our online application form.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying, please do contact us:
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.
After the Course
The majority of our students use the MRes as building blocks for a research-orientated career – be it in medicine, psychology, biomedicine, academia or pharmaceuticals. Many also go on to further study, with a PhD either at UEA or another institution.
A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.
Examples of careers that you could enter include:
University and hospital-based research administration
The private sector – biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
Discover more on our Careers webpages.