MD in Medical Sciences

About the programme

The MD (Doctor of Medicine) gives you the opportunity to conduct a substantial independent research project which will lead to an original contribution to knowledge. You can work in a wide range of areas – our current students are researching topics as diverse as treatment of lower limb varicose veins, HIV microbicides, and outcomes of bariatric surgery. Throughout your degree, you will be supervised by a leading expert in the field and supported by a Thesis Advisory Panel.

An MD project addresses issues of diagnosis or management in a clinical environment. If you have an idea for a research project that doesn't address these areas, you should consider doing a PhD instead.

The MD can be studied full-time or part-time. Many MD students have existing clinical commitments alongside their studies. The full-time MD is suitable if you can devote a significant amount of study time per week (at least 35 hours) alongside your clinical work.

If your clinical work is demanding or you have limited study time, you should consider studying part-time. If you have full-time clinical commitments, you must study part-time. Part-time study is at least 17.5 hours per week.

You will register at the university where your principal supervisor works, and you will have access to facilities and support at both our parent universities – Hull and York. All of our degrees are awarded by both the University of Hull and University of York.

Your principal academic supervisor

Before making your MD application, you need to find a member of our academic staff to supervise your research project. Your principal academic supervisor must be employed by either the University of York or the University of Hull. Clinical staff solely employed by the NHS, or Hull York Medical School, are unable to be your principal academic supervisor, though they can act as co-supervisors.

To find your principal academic supervisor, visit our research pages and browse the academic staff pages. Once you find an academic staff whose research specialism matches your interest and proposal, contact them directly to determine if your proposal can be supported.

Ethical requirements

All research with us is conducted within strict ethical guidelines. Before you start your research, you will need ethical approval from the appropriate university and NHS ethics committees. You need to take this into account when planning your project and writing the proposal. For all enquiries regarding ethical approval, please contact

Awarded theses

Previously awarded research theses are available on the HYDRA digital repository.

Entry requirements

For entry to our MD programme, applicants must have:

  • At least two years' experience of medical practice after graduating
  • Medical qualification (MB BS or equivalent)
  • Bachelors degree (this can be the same as your medical qualification)
  • English language – IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6 in all components of the qualification
  • Masters degree is desirable but not essential.