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Types of Research Degrees


Work with experts in your field in an environment renowned for research excellence

We offer full- and part-time degrees in the Medical School.Depending on your field of study, you may undertake your research at WMS (Gibbet Hill), University of Warwick (main campus), or other trusts, institutions or places deemed appropriate by the supervisor.

Research degrees are assessed by submission of a thesis followed by a viva examination.

We provide:

  • Research methods training
  • Regular supervision from experienced academics interested in your topic
  • Training in transferable skills (e.g. literature searching, presentation, writing, project management)
  • Access to IT and library facilities
  • Supportive environment for research including meeting other research students
Types of Degree Titles Available at Warwick Medical School
  • Health Sciences - PhD (RMDA-B91P), MSc (RMDA-B92P)
  • Medical Sciences - PhD (RMDA-A34P), MSc (RMDA-A35P)
  • Clinical Education - PhD (RMDA-B91F)
  • Medicine - PhD (RMDA-A31P), MSc (RMDA-A32P), MD (RMDA-A33P)
  • Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - PhD (RMDA-B92K)
  • Nursing - PhD (RASS-B718)
  • PhD by Published Work (RMDA-B91P) (please note that the PhD by Published Work carries the same course code as the PhD in Health Sciences)
MD Doctor of medicine

Duration: 2 year full-time or 3 years part-time

You will go through a formal review process after nine months.

This degree is only open to people who hold a degree entitling them to any form of registration with the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom


Duration: 4 years full-time or upto 7 years part-time

  • Individuals from different backgrounds become experts in medical and health research
  • Applicants from non-clinical disciplines - biology, sociology, chemistry, history, statistics and many more
  • Clinicians from all specialties and professions
  • Supervision by experts from across WMS including all three divisions

You will register for an MPhil/PhD and then go through a formal upgrading process at nine months (15 months for part-time students). You will then be registered for a PhD.

All applicants should apply for an approved project relating to their chosen division. You can find the approved projects for each division below:

Biomedical Sciences projects

Clinical Trials Unit projects

Health Sciences projects

PhD by published work

Duration: minimum six months registration prior to submission

  • Individuals who have already undertaken a portfolio of published research to the standard of a PhD
  • Applicants should be graduates of at least seven years' standing normally holding a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • An academic advisor provides guidance on the presentation of your published work
Entry requirements
  • Candidates must apply using the standard online Postgraduate Application form and state clearly that they wish to be considered for the PhD by Published Works
  • Candidates should submit their full CV
  • Candidates should submit 3 - 8 publications for consideration
  • Submission should include further contextual information regarding the publications, including, but not limited to, the profile of journals that articles have been published in, the number of citations, and their significance to the field
Consideration process
  • The relevant Divisional Academic Lead for Research Degrees will initially consider the submission. The Academic Lead will appoint an Academic Advisor (supervisor) to provide guidance to the candidate on the presentation of the published work
  • The Academic Advisor (supervisor) will assess the papers and use their judgement to decide whether an interview is required. If an interview is necessary, the Academic Advisor and Academic Lead should form part of the interview panel. The Academic Advisor and Academic Lead will decide whether to accept the student
  • Be accompanied by a statement by the proposed Academic Advisor, outlining the candidate's suitability for admission to a PhD programme and any further relevant details regarding the candidate including their employment (current or past), area of expertise and profile within their discipline/field of research.
  • The submission will then be considered by the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Medicine. If the Chair of the relevant Faculty Board is of the view that the Works are of the appropriate standard, they will make a recommendation to the Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies that the candidate be admitted to the PhD
  • An offer can only be made once the Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies has given his/her approval following consideration of the aforementioned recommendation

To apply, you need to complete the online application form via Postgraduate Admissions, noting clearly on the form that you are applying for a PhD by published work. In addition to supplying references and transcript, applicants are also required to submit a full CV which should include a list of relevant publications.

Available PhD titles
  • Health Sciences (RMDA-B91P)
  • Medical Sciences (RMDA-A34P)
  • Clinical Education (RMDA-B91F)
  • Medicine (RMDA-A31P)
  • Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research (RMDA-B92K)
  • Nursing (RASS-B718)
  • Healthcare (RASS-B717)
  • Health and Social Studies (RASA-L4PC)
  • PhD by Published Work (RMDA-B91P)

Research masters


Duration: 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time

A research degree, designed to cover the first two years of a 2+2 programme towards completion of a PhD.

Typically, students register for an MPhil/PhD and then go through a formal upgrading process after about one year (18 months for part-time students). You will then be registered for a PhD.

MSc by research

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time (there is usually no viva examination)

Ideal for those seeking research training for progressing to a PhD.

For professionals working in a clinical setting, this degree can provide the support you need to:

  • Undertake research that will improve your health care practice
  • Understand your patients' needs better, improve their health outcomes and your decision-making, change care pathways and improve service organisation
  • Enable others to learn from you

If you enjoy the research and make excellent progress, it is possible to convert to studying for a PhD.

Available MSc titles

  • Health Sciences (RMDA-B92P)
  • Medical Sciences (RMDA-A35P)
  • Medicine (RMDA-A32P)