Make a significant contribution to your clinical specialty with the published research you’ll produce on a programme designed specifically for medical graduates in clinical practice.
On this challenging programme, you’ll develop a research proposal, along the lines of an empirical scientific project that’s relevant to your clinical specialty.
This can be related to any branch of medicine including general practice, acute hospital medicine, community health, public health and mental health.
If you can identify a clinical problem for which there is a gap in the evidence base, and have in mind a research project that could help address this problem, this will form the basis of your doctorate.
You can also be involved in a wider, collaborative project, provided that you can demonstrate and identify an independent contribution that meets our criteria.
You will be supported in developing your idea into a research project.
The research can be quantitative or qualitative and may involve primary data collection, or secondary analysis of an existing database.
Supervision and support are provided by a carefully selected team that will include at least one clinician in your specialty and others as required.
You’ll be provided with comprehensive research training to help you get the most from your programme where you’ll have the opportunity to meet and network with other MD or PhD students
MD Res: full-time 2-4 years, part-time 3-6 years.
For further guidance on the duration of Research Degrees please refer to the Research Degrees Regulations.
We’ll tailor our supervisory support to reflect your needs and specialisms and the team will include at least one clinician in your field of interest.
Our students meet with their supervisors at least monthly, but you’ll be able to ask for advice any time.
Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for healthcare professionals, doctors, scientists and social workers in the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We've been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that our students want the very best experiential learning, and we've invested heavily in purpose-built simulated wards, science labs and skills spaces, to support your learning every step of the way.
You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us. Find out more about paying your fees.
You'll be supported by state-of-the-art research laboratory facilities, Clinical Trials Units, several research institutes, centres and groups.
Our Faculty has a strong track record of supervising MD (Res) and PhD students to completion where the students have produced publications in high impact journals. Most of our graduates from this programme have taken up senior clinical posts in the NHS.
By studying for an MD (Res), you’ll be able to develop your research skills in and outside of clinical practice. Moreover, you'll be given training in research methodology, statistics, presentation and scientific writing.
If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities, please email your query to [email protected]
All of our MD (Res) students must hold an undergraduate medical qualification and must be eligible to register with the General Medical Council (GMC). If you want to undertake hands-on clinical research you must be registered with the GMC. Applicants are normally clinicians undertaking research associated with their employment.
Typically you’ll be a medical graduate at ST level in any clinical speciality. However, we welcome applications from any medical doctor, including consultants or established general practitioners, and career grade and SAS doctors at any stage of their training and career.
You must be able to devote a substantial amount of time to research. This may mean taking time out from your clinical obligations to do a piece of full-time research, and then devoting further study leave during clinical training to complete the work.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the programme as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Contact our postgraduate research degree team for more information about studying a PhD, MPhil or Professional Doctorate at ARU.
You'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your research programme.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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