Medical Research MSc (intercalated)

Medical Research MSc (intercalated), 1 year, full-time

The iMSc in Medical Research is a bespoke course that has been designed specifically for intercalating medical students, providing you with training in research methodologies as well as a yearlong research project, allowing you to put into practice the taught components of the course through a project that interests you.

Course information

UK fee £9,250

International fee £23,900

Taught by Medicine

Course description

Course description

This course for intercalating medical students comprises four taught modules and a research project. The taught modules are designed to give a solid foundation in qualitative and quantitative research, including study design, research methods, statistics, ethics and research governance. The research project is a substantial piece of practical work running throughout the course.

The University of Leicester's research reputation is truly global. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Leicester was ranked 2nd in the UK for its world leading research in Clinical Medicine. Clinical Medicine at Leicester was also ranked 18th in the world and 5th in the UK by the 2022 Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. Working with national and international experts within their research fields, you will contribute a significant piece of research to your chosen discipline, often presenting your work at national and international conferences. You can conduct laboratory and in silico-based projects within the College of Life Sciences or more clinically focused projects in collaboration with colleagues at University Hospitals Leicester. 

Some recent research topics include:

  • Modelling of scaphoid fractures working in collaboration with School of Engineering
  • Exploring how culture and religious factors influence patients undergoing chronic treatment
  • Piplloedema and nystagmus
  • Breast cancer and post radiotherapy chronic breast symptoms
  • Cardiac imaging and power models in aortic stenosis
  • Fluid assessment during labour
  • Impacts of adult autism diagnosis
  • Machine learning and prediction of sudden cardiac death

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed for the MSc Medical Research from students who have successfully completed at least three years of a UK undergraduate medical degree at the time of starting the programme. 

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7 - 7.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

Starting in September 2023

  • MSc: £9,250

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

International Students

Starting in September 2023

  • MSc: £23,900

You will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Completing an intercalated degree will provide you with high level analytical and research skills that are desirable when applying for SFP and specialty training places later on. Many intercalated degrees also provide you with the opportunity to present your work to the wider medical world and some students get to publish their work. This can also support SFP and specialty training applications and prepare you for higher research degrees (MD, PhD).

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course structure




Plus your Research Project.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and learning

The course is assessed through a number of written assignments and presentations as well as a research poster and dissertation. Students are provided with bespoke support to help them develop the skills in reading and synthesising academic literature as well as writing extended pieces of work; skills that are not often developed in undergraduate medical training.

Applying to intercalate

If you are a Leicester medical student wishing to apply to intercalate then you should follow the local application process as described in the process map on Blackboard. Intercalating students from other medical schools should apply via the relevant link below.

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Course Medical Research Qualification MSc Duration 1 year, full-time Start Dates September each year Availability

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