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Students and researchers in the lab at Hull York Medical School

Postgraduate opportunities

We are passionate about training the future research leaders equipped with skills necessary for tacking the complexities of multimorbidity. We offer postgraduate training opportunities in a supportive and ambitious environment.

Postgraduate research

We offer research degrees at both MSc and PhD level across the four main areas of biomedical research – cancer imaging; cardiovascular and haemostasis; metabolism and diabetes; wound healing and respiratory medicine.

By studying with us, you will have the opportunity to perform your research in our state-of-the-art facilities located both on the University of Hull campus and at Castle Hill Hospital and Hull Royal Infirmary sites. In addition, undertaking postgraduate training with the Hull York Medical School gives you access to additional equipment and facilities from the University of York.

As part of our postgraduate training programs, we offer tailored support to each student throughout their project through their own Thesis Advisory Panel (TAP). Regular meetings with your TAP ensures continuous development of your research and provides a supportive opportunity to speak with experts within the field of research, where you can ask for advice ranging from experimental planning to guidance on preparing your thesis.

In addition, Hull York Medical School is committed to equipping all graduate researchers with a broad portfolio of transferrable skills, through a range of training opportunities provided by our host universities, the University of Hull and the University of York. Find out more about the Postgraduate Researcher Development Scheme.

Our programmes

PhD in Medical Sciences – Doctoral students are a vital part of our research community. We provide a supportive and collaborative research environment, where you will have opportunities to work with leading experts and in state-of-the-art facilities both on campus and partner hospital sites in Hull.

MSc in Medical or Human Sciences (by thesis) – This programme 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 within our Institute.

If you are interested in undertaking research with us, please contact:

Funded opportunities

Funded PhD Training Fellowships/PhD studentships, when available, are listed on our funded opportunities page.

Self-funded opportunities

We welcome enquiries from prospective students who are interested in self-funded project, or have sought funding from elsewhere.

You might already have a specific supervisor or project in mind, or maybe you're thinking more about an area of study rather than a specific project. 

Please contact us at:

My PhD was in an area that no one has yet investigated, which I find exciting. It has the potential to improve people's lives.

Dr Lauren Jenner

PhD alumni

Postgraduate taught programmes

Our MSc in Pharmacology and Drug Development and MSc in Pharmacology and Education programmes are ideal for students who are interested in understanding how drugs work and how to develop new drugs.

In this programme, you will gain the skills to play an active role in developing the next generation of drugs – from first principles in the lab, testing in clinical trials, or taking new products to clinic. You will work alongside inspiring academics and practitioners, as well as external partners including international pharmaceutical companies and the Home Office.

If you would like to discuss this Masters or have any questions, please contact or visit us at one of the Medical School's postgraduate open events.


Biomedical Institute for Multimorbidity