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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.


4 years full time or up to 7 years part-time


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. Final assessment will be by submission of a thesis followed by a viva examination.

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) - you can find out more about this option here.

MD Doctor of Medicine

2 years full time or 3 years part time


You will go through a formal review process after nine months. Final assessment will be by submission of a thesis followed by a viva examination

PhD by Published Work

Our PhD by Published Work is open to individuals who have already undertaken a portfolio of published research to the standard of a PhD. An academic advisor will provide guidance on the presentation of your published work.

1 year full time. Minimum six months' registration prior to submission.


Final assessment will be by submission of a thesis followed by a viva examination

How to apply

  • Candidates must apply using the standard online Postgraduate Application form and state clearly that they wish to be considered for the PhD by Published Work.
  • Candidates should submit their full CV and 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.

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

MSc by Research
(Our MSc by Research is ideal for those seeking research training for progressing to a PhD.)

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.


Following submission of the Thesis. Your nominated examiners will review the thesis before deciding if a VIVA Examination is required.

Why complete an MSc by Research?

An MSc by Research is the ideal opportunity to pursue an independent research project for one year to gain relevant research experience before applying for a PhD programme.

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