MRes Health Sciences Research

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Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences Faculty of Life Sciences
Awards available MRes
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time options should be discussed with programme directors as not all research projects are suitable for part-time study.
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

This programme offers a firm foundation in biomedical research, enhancing your understanding and critical awareness of the scientific method and practical experience in an area related to your interests. Taught units provide training in research methodology, experimental design, statistical analyses and data interpretation. Skills training in verbal and written communication is also emphasised.

The core of the programme is an eight-month research project, conducted within one of the University's internationally recognised research groups. Opportunities will be available in laboratory or clinical-based investigations. If you have a specific research area you wish to pursue, please discuss with the Programme Directors at the time of application. 

The programme is suitable for medical, dental and veterinary students interested in pursuing a research-intensive intercalation option after three years of study. It is also suitable for graduates in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and bioscience subjects who wish to develop their research skills.

Translational Cardiovascular Medicine pathway

Students with a particular interest in cardiovascular medicine can study the MRes Health Sciences Research (Translational Cardiovascular Medicine). In addition to the units listed above (except the Project Proposal), you will be able choose two of the following:
• Coronary Artery Disease I
• Coronary Artery Disease II
• Heart and Valve Disease
• Paediatric Heart Disease
• Aneurysm, Peripheral Vascular Disease and Stroke.

You will conduct a cardiovascular-related research project. 

Renal pathway

Students with a particular interest in renal medical sciences can study the MRes Health Sciences Research (Renal). In addition to the units listed above (except Project Proposal), you will be required to take the Introduction to Renal Sciences unit.

Research projects on this pathway will be renal-focused, taking the form of a fundamental bioscience project, translational research, or an epidemiological population health study (in partnership with the UK Renal Registry). There is an additional option to undertake a clinical placement, shadowing adult or paediatric nephrologists during inpatient and outpatient consultations.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
UK: part-time (two years)
Overseas: full-time

Additional fees

Bench fee

Please note that the total cost of this programme (tuition fee plus bench fee) is the same as the cost of an undergraduate degree programme, which is currently set at £9,250 per year for UK students. Should the undergraduate fee change in the future, the MRes fee will also change.

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2022/23

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

This programme is delivered by research scientists and clinicians through lectures, practical sessions, seminars and tutorials. All units are mandatory except where specified above for the Translational Cardiovascular Medicine pathway.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MRes in Health Sciences Research.

Entry requirements

Graduates in a biological (or related) science or medical subject will normally be expected to hold an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent).

Applicants intercalating from the professional programmes of medicine, dentistry and veterinary sciences will need to have successfully completed year three before they can be considered for this programme. Graduates of these professional programmes are also eligible to apply.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


This programme is suitable for students with a clinical or biosciences background who want to develop their research skills before embarking on a research/clinical career in academia or the pharmaceutical industry. It provides the ideal foundation for further studies leading to a PhD.

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Expected application closure date

1 September 2022. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. 

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Contact details

Dr Domingo Tortonese Programme Director Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 3054 Email:

Dr Fiona Holmes Programme Co-Director Phone: +44 (0) 117 342 3583 Email:

Faculty of Health Sciences
1st Floor
5 Tyndall Avenue
School website: Bristol Medical School

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REF 2021 results

The University of Bristol is ranked fifth for research in the UK (Times Higher Education), with 94% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Full REF 2021 results for the University of Bristol.


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