We offer opportunities for you to undertake research skills training leading to the qualification of a Research Masters (ResM) degree in medicine, dentistry, or biomedical sciences. 

Programme structure

The ResM is a research degree at masters level which incorporates taught elements and an extended research phase, including a research project and dissertation.

It is suited to a wide range of people with an interest in developing their research skills within healthcare settings. This could be you if you're:

  • an early and mid-career health professional
  • a NIHR Integrated Academic Trainee
  • not yet ready to commence a PhD without further skills acquisition
  • wishing to gain research skills at masters level.

Students taking this award complete a minimum of 40 credits of taught modules, up to 120 credits maximum.

Taught credits typically include a research methods module, appropriate to discipline and then further credits directly applicable to the subject area or methodological skills to be acquired. Examination is by thesis and viva voce examination.

Key features

  • A bespoke training pathway tailored to the individual needs of each candidate.
  • Modules may be chosen from a variety of existing taught masters programmes and can span disciplines and faculties as appropriate.
  • Personalised expert supervision (you'll be assigned a Director of Studies and an additional supervisor).
  • A combination of taught modules and personal supervision will support you in developing and conducting your extended research project.
  • Credits are determined by the supervisor and candidate depending on previous experience and the requirements of the proposed research project element.

Duration and mode of study

18 months full time and three years part time.


See the fees and funding web pages for information.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need a 2:1 degree from a UK University or equivalent or an IELTS score of 7 or equivalent if you're an international student.

Further information on our ResMs

In order to be awarded a ResM degree, candidates need to achieve a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 120 credits via taught modules, plus successful defence of a ResM thesis. For those applicants interested in lab based or bioscience projects, the modules listed against MSc Biomedical Science would be of interest to you.

Applicants interested in clinical or education type projects can find modules of interest against programmes in Peninsula Medical School.

ResM students also have access to modules from other faculties, for example the School of Health Professions run a MClinRes Clinical Research with many modules of relevance.

A timetable of modules will be agreed between you and your supervisory team ahead of your start date.

The research component of a ResM includes execution of an extended research project. The ResM degree examination involves writing-up a thesis about the project undertaken and a viva voce (thesis defence examination).

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