BSc Medical Sciences Research

The BSc Medical Sciences Research is an incredible opportunity to gain experience in a research environment, undertaking clinical research, lab/bench projects, research in medical humanities or qualitative research. Past students have found that having this experience has opened up more opportunities to them, whilst improving various transferable skills, including research project design, critical thinking, time-management, academic, written and oral communication skills and thereby enhancing their future careers. Many students have had the opportunity to present their data at national and international conferences and a number of students have successfully published their work.

Advantages of a BSc medical sciences research


Programme outline

The course comprises ethics and statistical training as well as a ten month research project, with many students successfully publishing their work. Each student works on an individual project chosen from over 40 on offer.

The taught component makes up 30% of the final mark and comprises:

  • A short introductory course organised by the BMedSci coordinator
  • A research ethics course run by Prof Ian Sabroe and Dr Liz Williams with an assessed presentation
  • An eight week course on research Statistics delivered by Dr Richard Jacques with a written assignment

The research component making up 70% of the final mark consisting of:

  • The research project – to be written up as a dissertation, and attendance at a research presentation day.

Research projects

There is a choice of over 40 research projects offered each year in a variety of disciplines including oncology, cardiovascular sciences, infection, immunity, neuroscience, child health and reproductive medicine. To make it easier to find the right project for you each project has been categorised into the following:

Clinical Project

Students taking these projects will expect to learn how to recruit patients for clinical research or learn how to collate and analyse clinical data with a view to producing quantitative data that will improve patient outcomes or clinical management of certain conditions.

Lab/Bench project

Students taking these projects will learn specific lab techniques with a view to producing quantitative data and results.

Medical Humanities

Projects in this category include historical analyses of medical texts and practitioners as well as comparing patient accounts of illness with literary depictions of clinical situations to consider how the latter can improve the patient experience.

Qualitative/non-lab based

Students taking these projects will learn qualitative research techniques with a view to producing results that might impact on clinical policies or academic theories of education.

View available research projects