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Medicine (MD)

Our programme allows students to work within any of our Institutes to conduct clinical research in a particular area of medicine.

Medicine MD Overview

Year of entry: 2016

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Degree awarded
24 months (FT); 48 months (PT)
Entry requirements

Applicants for admission must hold an MBChB degree or equivalent medical degree.

Applicants from overseas who do not hold a primary medical degree from a university in the UK or Ireland, should email the School of Medicine Graduate Office Email: for an assessment as to whether their medical qualification would be acceptable to the University.

Full entry requirements

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Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5688
How to apply

Applicants for the MD degree will only be admitted onto the programme following their registration with the General Medical Council.

Overseas candidates will need to demonstration that an equivalent period of clinical training has occurred after the award of their medical qualification. Please note, where projects require GMC registration it is the responsibility of the student to arrange this. Further information can be found via the GMC website .

Applicants also require a University of Manchester academic supervisor. A project proposal for the MD has to be discussed and agreed with that supervisor and approved by a postgraduate committee in the relevant research group. Prior to submitting a formal MD application candidates are strongly encouraged to discuss their research proposal with their academic supervisor and have ethical approval in progress.

If a suitable academic supervisor is not immediately identifiable candidates can search the Faculty Institute sites to identify a suitable research centre and academic. All academic staff have extensive profiles providing a summary of their current research and publications. Applicants should contact the academic concerned with an updated CV and brief abstract outline of their MD study proposal.

Once a suitable supervisor has been identified and they have agreed to consider your full application, the MD Guidance for Applicants (pdf, 47KB) document should be read through, followed by a formal application.

Online Application

Early application is advisable

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

MD study within the one of the Faculty Institutes is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Our students have access to first-class facilities and work within a vibrant research community across the University and partner NHS Trust sites.

There are opportunities for MD students to transfer to the PhD programme following rigorous assessment at the end of year report stage of the programme. Any transfer to the PhD programme is dependent on continued funding for the period of the programme and the student's capacity to complete the extended PhD programme before any return to their clinical duties.

The University of Manchester and its partner NHS Trusts have a wide range of research opportunities for North West Deanery trainees. Trainees need to have sufficient time out of programme to fulfil the specified time commitment required for registration on an MD programme. Trainees registered on a full time research programme may, with approval from their supervisory team, undertake clinical duties limited to one clinical session per week and occasional weekend on-call duties.

Applicants whose medical training was undertaken outside the UK / Ireland must hold a medical qualification that is recognised for registration by the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom.

All our students are able to access our Graduate School Training Programme (GSTP) . The aim of the GSTP is to provide support at key stages of training and prepare students for careers in academia, health care, industry and beyond. It has been designed to cover skills essential for independent research, communication skills and career management.

MD projects may be specified in advance, with applications encouraged for pre-defined research studies. Alternatively, we encourage research proposals from applicants seeking MD places through direct contact with academics and research groups. Often, the most rewarding projects are those developed in partnership between applicants and potential supervisors in overlapping areas of interest.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,200-£19,000 per annum (anticipated)
    International students (per annum): £20,000-£32,500 per annum
  • (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,100-£9,500 (anticipated)
    International students (per annum): £10,000-£16,250 per annum

Applicants who are classified as overseas for tuition fee purposes may be eligible to pay the equivalent Home tuition fee rate. To qualify for this tuition fee applicants must hold a valid NHS contract with a University of Manchester affiliated NHS Trust for each full 12-month registration period. Applicants should note that this subsidised fee can only be applied to the MD programme and any change of programme will require the full international fee to be paid.

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the Graduate Office if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.