Faculty of Medical Sciences

MRes Programmes

Medical Sciences MRes Programmes


Our MRes programmes provide excellent scientific training for students who require a masters-level research qualification, or who wish to progress to a PhD.

These programmes are designed to provide an entry into a career in academia or industry that involves a working knowledge of scientific research. They provide a broad-based research training in contemporary biosciences and/or medical sciences techniques.

Each programme comprises 180 credits covering:

  • three advanced subject knowledge modules chosen from over 20 options (some modules may be compulsory)
  • professional/key skills/research techniques in biomedical and biomolecular sciences
  • one 24 week research project

The programmes enable you to experience a variety of internationally competitive research areas, predominantly in academia but also potentially in industry. If you intend to proceed to the PhD or MD, you will be allocated projects that are relevant to your proposed PhD or MD programme.

Details of individual modules and the research project are provided in the Programmes section


These 12-month Masters programmes contain a specifically tailored taught component, professional and key skills, and a 24-week research project.

These courses are Faculty-wide, encompassing a variety of internationally competitive research.

The programmes are only available as full time courses and commence at the end of September providing training in contemporary medical and molecular biosciences.

MRes programmes are available in a wide range of subject areas. For course content, entry requirements, fees, funding and visa information please see individual programme descriptions on our Postgraduate website:

MRes Research Project

To help you gain hands-on experience and develop key professional skills, the research project is designed to expose you to a variety of experiences and research techniques.

The project aims to train and empower you to engage in research and/or teaching in higher education or in a senior professional capacity in other fields of employment at an advanced level. Your project will be assessed in the form of a written abstract, poster, dissertation and an oral presentation. 

The final event in the MRes programme is a celebration poster evening where all students present to staff and students the highlights of their research projects in poster format. Prizes are awarded to the best posters.

Example posters to download

Download the following posters to see examples of our students work.

If you have any problems accessing the information in these posters, you can request an alternative format by contacting mres-enquiries@ncl.ac.uk.