It is possible for applicants to apply for this pathway with a view to continuing to a PhD studentship through acceptance on a 1&3 programme (1 year Masters, plus 3 years PhD). Continuation to a PhD would be conditional on meeting the college requirements for successful completion of the MRes, in addition to funding and supervision being established. If you wish to consider applying through this route, please contact the course administrator (Fiona Bibby) in the first instance. For all applications for the stand alone MRes programme e.g no joint MRes and Phd (1&3) application, please apply as advised on the application process page.

Diabetes and obesity are two highly prominent public health factors, by undertaking this pathway of the MRes in Clinical Research programme, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to undertake valuable research within these areas.

The pathway introduces students to modern investigative techniques including MRI and metabolomics.  Students will obtain knowledge of research methodology used in clinical studies, and will gain an appreciation of the regulatory frameworks with which they are required to comply.  Given the focus on research, students will be given training in presenting their research, both orally and in writing. 

This pathway takes advantage of the established research modules of the programme, and in particular, those provided for the Human Nutrition pathway, however, the opportunity for students to streamline their focus within the area of diabetes and obesity is provided through specialist teaching during the fourth module and in particular within the research element.


Students who successfully complete the programme will have knowledge and understanding of

• Current cutting edge techniques in Clinical Research. 
• Good Clinical Practice. 
• Commonly employed investigational techniques. 
• Clinical trial design. 
• Common statistical techniques. 
• Detailed knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relevant to the student’s theme of subsequent research. 
• Management and communication skills, including problem definition, project design, decision  processes, teamwork, written and oral reports, scientific publications.

Employment prospects

Graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to pursue research-based roles within the NHS, academia or industry. There is the expectation that many students will progress to a PhD studentship.

Entry requirements

The programme is designed to cater for UK and international students with a first/undergraduate degree in Medicine or Life Sciences. An upper second class Honours is preferred.

Examples of past student projects


  • Investigating the Neural Circuits Mediating the Effects of PYY3-36 on Appetite and Aversion
  • The Effect of Low-Calorie Diet on insulin dose in Type 2 diabetes obese insulin-treated patients
  • Investigating Links between Eating, Addictive and Emotional Behaviours in Obesity