MSc in Medical or Human Sciences (by thesis)

About the programme

The MSc in Medical or Human Sciences (by thesis) is ideal for you if you want to get involved in postgraduate research, and obtain the skills to progress to a PhD or MD.

The MSc by thesis gives you an opportunity to conduct an independent research project. You can work in a wide range of areas. Our current students are researching topics as diverse as cardiac function in high-risk surgical patients, enteral nutrition for pre-term infants, the correlation of vitamin D with genotype in populations, interprofessional health education, the identification and management of delirium in palliative care, and dental evolution in humans.

Throughout your degree, you will be supervised by a leading expert in the field and supported by a Hull York Medical School Thesis Advisory Panel.

The MSc by thesis is offered either full-time for one year or part-time for two years. If you have fewer than about 35 hours a week to devote to your studies, you should consider studying part-time. Part-time study is at least 17.5 hours per week.

Your principal academic supervisor

Before making your 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.

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.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

As a MSc student with us, you will also take part in our Postgraduate Training Scheme, which provides you with extra opportunities to develop both specialist and transferable skills.


The MSc by thesis is a popular option for intercalating medical students. An intercalated MSc by thesis provides you with an exciting research environment where you can develop your research skills at a higher level. You will gain in-depth specialist knowledge and research experience through your independent research project. It will also strengthen your Foundation Year application. To find out more about intercalating with us, visit our intercalation webpage.

Awarded theses

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

Entry requirements

  • Bachelors degree (or equivalent)
  • English language – IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6 in all components of the qualification