MSc in Medical or Human Sciences (by thesis)

About the programme

The MSc in Medical 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 interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, care of the newborn infant, and the development of new methods for analysing cell-to-cell interactions in tissue using a micro-fluidic based approach.

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

The MSc by thesis is offered either full-time or part-time. 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.

Recently awarded MSc in Medical Sciences (by thesis)

  • Brown, O (2017) The clinical applications of cardiogoniometry in cardiovascular disease.
  • Burke, J (2017) High resolution oesophageal manometry in the investigation of respiratory symptoms.
  • Datla, S (2017) A systematic review of the evidence in support of palliative care in people with persistently symptomatic heart failure.
  • Hassan, H (2017) Survival rates and prognostic out-comes of high grade brain stem glio-mas in childhood: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
  • Kaura, V (2017) The effects of hydrogen sulfide on HEK-293 cells and human primary bronchial fibroblasts.
  • Marincowitz, C (2017) Delayed presentation to the Emergency Department following a head injury: current care and the risks of intra-cranial pathology.
  • Pocklington, C (2017) Screening for depression in older adults.
  • Sihota, S (2017) Preparation for practice: An exploration of medical students’ preparedness for professional practice.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelors degree (or equivalent)
  • 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