Doctor of Medicine by Research MD (Res)

Research ( full-time, part-time)

Chelmsford, Cambridge

January 2017, April 2017, June 2017, September 2017


Make a substantial contribution to your clinical specialty with the published research you’ll produce - on a programme designed specifically for medical graduates in clinical practice.

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Full description

Supervision and support

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.

Where you'll research

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Department of Allied and Public Health
  • Department of Medicine and Healthcare Science.

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year, part time)


International students, 2016/17 (MPhil/Phd/MD (Res) per year, full time)


International students, 2016/17 (Prof Doc/MD (Res) part time)


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For advice on funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers. Where available, the ARU jobs search lists research positions/scholarships.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

ARU research

You’ll be based in our flagship PMI a £12m clinical research centre Chelmsford campus.

This is at the heart of a network of 21 NHS and private healthcare providers which are available to host you in your research. These span the entire care pathway.


By studying for an MD (Res), you’ll be able to develop your research skills in and outside of clinical practice. Courses include research methodology, statistics and scientific writing. 

Contact details

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If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities, please email our Research Administrator:

Entry requirements


All of our MD (Res) students must hold an undergraduate medical qualification and must be eligible to register with the General Council. If you want to take hands-on clinical research you must be registered and hold appropriate indemnity.

Typically you’ll be a medical graduate at ST level. However we do welcome applications from any medical doctor, including consultants, 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 the course to do a piece of full-time research, and then devote further study leave during clinical training to complete the work.

All applications for research degrees are subject to consideration by supervisors and authorisation by the Director of Research and the Academic Office. An interview may take place face-to-face or remotely.

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Entry requirements are for April, June, September 2015 and January 2016. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

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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UK & EU applicants

01245 68 68 68

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International applicants

+44 1245 68 68 68

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