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Faculty of Health Sciences

Medicine research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

MSc by thesis MD in Medical Sciences MPhil in Medical Sciences PhD in Medical or Human Sciences

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About our programmes

Research is an important part of medicine. It underpins advances across the spectrum of healthcare, from clinical trials to assess how GPs prescribe medicines, through to molecular biology research to identify new drugs that can counter major diseases.

We offer a range of research degrees in Hull York Medical School;

  • MD in Medical Sciences
  • PhD in Medical or Human Sciences
  • MPhil in Medical Sciences
  • MSc by thesis

Our research is organised into Centres which each conduct world-class research. Much of this is interdisciplinary, spanning traditional subject boundaries and reaching out into other departments within the Universities of Hull and York. The Centres include:

MD in Medical Sciences

The MD gives you the opportunity to conduct a substantial independent research project which will lead to an original contribution to knowledge. An MD project should address issues of diagnosis or management in a clinical environment.

PhD / MPhil

Your PhD / MPhil will give you the opportunity to conduct a substantial independent research project, leading to an original contribution to knowledge in your chosen field.

MSc by Thesis

The MSc by thesis gives you an opportunity to conduct an independent research project.

Whether you study for the MD, PhD, MPhil or MSc, you will be supervised by a leading expert in the field and supported by a specialist Thesis Advisory Panel.


Open for admission in 2018/19

Full time Part time
MSc by thesis 1 year 2 years
MD in Medical Sciences 2 years
MPhil in Medical Sciences 3 years 6 tears
PhD in Medical or Human Sciences 3 years 6 years

Start in January, June or September


Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences

The Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences brings together research and teaching in anatomical and human sciences. At Hull, we engage in cutting-edge research in musculoskeletal biomechanics with our collaborators in the Centre for Medical Engineering Technology (CMET) and at York we are founding members of the Centre for Human Palaeoecology and Evolutionary Origins, one of the largest groupings in the UK.

Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research

The Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (CCMR) brings together the expertise of the classic medical disciplines in an integrated and translational research programme.

The particular strengths of CCMR lie in the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of heart failure. The HONEI project is examining the relationship of obesity, diabetes and nutrition. The study of coagulation and platelet biology provide a vital linking discipline with these and other areas such as vascular surgery and fibrotic lung disease. The bench to bedside nature of the research is illustrated by the breadth of studies from the molecular pharmacology of novel human cough receptors, to our excellent track record in clinical trials and our leading role in telehealth in chronic disease.

Centre for Education Development

The Hull York Medical School Centre for Education Development (CED) supports the development of high quality evidence-based health professional education.

Centre for Health and Population Sciences

The Centre for Health and Population Sciences brings together expertise to address issues related to population health and healthcare. It includes researchers from the Department of Health Sciences at the University of YorkSEDA at the University of Hull and from other groupings, including the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hull, the Centre for Reviews at Dissemination at the University of York and the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York.

Centre for Immunology and Infection

Research within the Centre for Immunology and Infection (CII) ranges from fundamental studies on the pathogenesis of infectious and non-infectious disease through to first-in-man clinical research. Our research is structured into three overlapping areas: clinical and translational researchimmunology, and pathogen biology.

Centre for Neuroscience

Our research in neuroscience, especially neuroimaging, is conducted through close links with York Neuroimaging Centre, a research facility for investigating human brain function using non-invasive imaging techniques. Facilities include 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging, whole-head magnetoencephalography, high-density electroencephalography, transcranial magnetic stimulation and high performance parallel computing.

Joint Centre for Cancer Studies (joint between Hull York Medical School and the Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Hull has one of the highest incidences and mortality from cancer in the country. The University of Hull has, therefore decided to set up a Joint Centre for Cancer Studies to facilitate multidisciplinary research in this area.

Fees and funding

For information on fees and funding, please see the Hull York Medical School website.

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of modules (both generic and discipline-specific) to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

To apply for one of our postgraduate programmes, you must be eligible. Click here to visit our website and view the requirements for each of our programmes.

All research at Hull York Medical School is conducted within strict ethical guidelines. Before you start your research, you will need ethical approval from the appropriate university and NHS ethics committees. You need to take this into account when planning your project and writing the proposal. For all enquiries regarding ethical approval please contact