University of Chester

Programme Specification
MRes Medical Science MRes
2015 - 2016

Master by Research

MRes Medical Science

MRes Medical Science

University of Chester

University of Chester


Postgraduate (MRes)

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

1 year full time

4 Years

Annual - September



17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences Chester Medical School



Institute of Medicine

Tuesday 1st April 2014

  • To provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop an independent, substantial piece of scholarly research into an area that fits with the department's supervisory expertise.
  • To be informed by, and to contribute to, broader academic debates about the methods, approaches and practices that underpin the chosen scientific discipline.
  • To provide students with advanced scientific research training appropriate for both Level 7 and doctoral research.
  • To develop students' self-management, planning and communication skills.
  • To prepare fully those students with suitable interests for further postgraduate research at the Master/Doctor of Philosophy level and beyond.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the nature of the relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of selected themes and issues
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the range, nature and value of primary and secondary sources in the relevant discipline.


Key Skills


  • Communication
  • Application of Number
  • Information Literacy and Technology
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Working with others
  • Problem solving

  • Used information technology as and when appropriate.
  • Demonstrated analytical ability and the capacity to consider and solve problems.
  • Demonstrated intellectual integrity and maturity, empathy and insight.


  • Demonstrated the ability to read and use texts and other source materials both critically and empathetically while addressing content, context and perspective.
  • Demonstrated the capacity to plan, conduct and present a programme of original research.
  • Applied scholarly conventions.


Practical Skills

  • Demonstrated the skills of the researcher including bibliographical skills, selection and synthesis of primary and secondary sources and the ability to provide original analysis in relation to questions appropriate to the discipline.
  • Demonstrated the skills of the researcher in planning, development and execution of a research project

Transferable Professional Skills

  • Demonstrate the above key skills within a professional environment or as required for continuing professional development.
  • Demonstrated the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment or further professional development requiring the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility.

  • Demonstrated self-discipline and self-direction in their work with others in a reasoned way.
  • Communicated effectively, both orally and in writing.

The MRes is comprised of two taught, Level 7 20 credit modules. These are compulsory within each discipline as below.

Institute of Medicine

MD7001 Research Methods in Biomedical Science (20 credits)

MD7002 Analysis and Interpretation of Clinical Data (20 credits)

The research dissertation component will then follow:

MD7140 Research Dissertation (140 credits)

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
MD7001 7 Evidence Based Medicine 20 Optional
MD7002 7 Analysis and Interpretation of Clinical Data 20 Optional
MD7140 7 Research Dissertation 140 Comp

MRes (180 credits)
Two taught Level 7, 20 credit modules (40 credits)
MD7140MRes Research Dissertation(140 credits)

Possession of an upper, second class honours degree in any relevant discipline with additional emphasis placed upon the student's preparedness for study and performance at interview which will inform the selection process.  A lower, second class degree can be mitigated by experience.  Decisions concerning the allocation of credit, either for admission or advanced standing, will be the responsibility of a Credit Allocation Panel.  Credit value will be given for appropriate certificated or experiential learning completed within the previous five years and through which an applicant can demonstrate prior achievement of learning outcomes related to one or more programme modules.  A student seeking advanced standing must apply before enrolment.

Each student will be interviewed as required in all Chester Research Degrees and the Interview record form will be completed and submitted to the Graduate School with the completed application.


Acquisition of core knowledge is achieved through lectures, seminars, workshops, audio-visual presentation, tutorials and private study, supplemented, where appropriate, contributions by guest and visiting lecturers.

Each taught module is assessed by the submission of one or more written coursework assignment (totalling 4000 words), the format of which will vary depending on the module content, e.g. data interpretation and evaluation; research proposal; evaluative report, etc.

The research dissertation (MD7140) will be assessed as a portfolio comprising:

1.     An extended literature review suitable for publication in Annual Reviews Inc publication

2.     Project report suitable for publication in Plos One

3.     Oral presentation

An individual external examiner will be appointed for each student project.

Reassessment - resubmission of the above papers in line with recommendations of the examiners.

On completion of this programme, a successful graduate will have acquired a range of communication and transferable skills (as embraced by both the educational aims of the programme and the programme outcomes - see above) valuable to their current or potential employers.  The MRes will also prepare students for further research at Master/Doctor of Philosophy level.

The Faculty of Life Science programmes respect the standard University policies regarding admissions, widening access and participation, equal opportunities and APL, as applied centrally by the University.  Consistent with the University's commitment to widening access and participation, the programme conforms to the University's flexible approach and welcomes applications from mature students and from groups normally under-represented in higher education. The University of Chester values the diversity of its student body and aims to provide quality of opportunity in all its activities.  All suitably qualified students are welcome on this programme, irrespective of race, gender, disability or age.  Every effort will be made to accommodate students with specific learning or physical needs and to ensure that all students benefit equally.  Each case will be examined individually and the University's Inclusion Plans will provide guidance and support, as appropriate.  International students who meet the admissions requirements are welcome and will enrich both the programme and the postgraduate community at the University; support and guidance are provided for international students at the institution, particularly through the International Student Welfare Officer.

All students are issued with a comprehensive programme handbook and a module handbook at the commencement of each module.  Students needing further advice are welcome to consult the Programme Leader (who acts as the Personal Academic Tutor for students on the programme), or the Module Tutor.

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