The University has a RAE Grade 5* Biomedical Sciences Research Institute and a RAE Grade 4 Nursing Research Institute (with many primary care related research programmes), so expert support is available for a wide range of possible research topics. The Institute of Postgraduate Medicine and Primary Care has links with active researchers in the health service and can provide advice and support as well.

Assistance with obtaining funding is also available.

The HSC R&D Division is a particularly suitable possible source of funding for salary replacement as well as fees and research costs.

About this course

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This is research-based degree which is equivalent in level to a PhD. Research students are expected to pursue an investigation of a specific aspect of a subject in depth, with the advice of a member of staff with similar research interests and the experience to provide guidance at the appropriate level. A specialist advisor may also be identified, who may be a researcher in the area at the student’s place of work.

The programme of work is structured to enable the student to acquire competence in the methods of research and scholarship, and to produce a thesis demonstrating originality and sustained independent effort. During the study period, the student may attend courses in research methodology and will undertake an investigation as described above.

Examination is by submission of a research thesis which makes a significant contribution to knowledge in the field.

Regulations for the degree of Doctor of Medicine.


Duration and Mode of Attendance

Full-time - not exceeding three years
Part-time - not exceeding five years

How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have held a medical degree registrable with the General Medical Council for at least three years.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. This is the only certificate acceptable for those requiring to obtain a Tier 4 visa.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Careers & opportunities

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How to apply

Ulster University welcomes applications from all sections of the community and from persons with disabilities. It is University policy to assess all applications using academic criteria and on the basis of equality of opportunity and you should be assured that reasonable adjustments will be made should you require them.

Once you have selected your chosen project from the lists available on the Faculty pages, you are advised to make contact with the named supervisor on the project as they will be able to guide you in writing your research proposal.

You should then apply using our online application system: ulster.ac.uk/applyonline

Fees and funding


Full Time £4260

Part Time £1540

Part Time (External Sponsor) £2200


Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Professor David Hassan
Tel: +44 28 90366666
Email: d.hassan@ulster.ac.uk

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Faculty of Life and Health Sciences