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Doctorate in Medicine

Duration: 2 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MD
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
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This programme is aimed at qualified doctors with clinical experience, providing a tailored training component accompanying student doctoral research.

Strong links between clinicians and the University are already in place and the student will develop their research questions with their clinical line manager and university supervisor(s) before undertaking appropriate experimental laboratory and/or clinical work to answer these and produce a thesis of novel publishable work.

The programme enables the student, with the support of the University and clinical supervisors, to ensure that all of the necessary skills to be an excellent researcher can be acquired.

Areas in which the University has particular strength are drug discovery (particularly cancer), diseases of the skin, and vascular disease.

Why Bradford?

The University hosts clinical and clinically relevant research through its academic staff expertise and clinical collaborators.

The institution has a history of success in clinical research with clinical research fellows supported by the Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit. This is closely linked with the Centre for Skin Sciences, one of the largest centres of skin research in the UK.

The Institute of Cancer Therapeutics is developing new anti-cancer drugs and is host to a number of clinical trials in association with local teaching hospitals. In addition, a number of clinicians have Honorary contracts at the University and contribute to taught programmes.

Entry requirements

  • Candidates should be able to exhibit both professional qualifications and clinical practice
  • A medical or dental qualification e.g. MBChB, MBBS, BDS, BChD
  • Registration with the GMC or GDC of the UK
  • A minimum of two years clinical practice following GMC or GDC registration, with an additional year in specialist practice

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the sub tests (or the equivalent).

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

A research degree for experienced clinical professionals with training tailored to the project, mainly under the supervision of the clinical and university supervisors.

All students produce a critical review of their field and have access to generic training opportunities for all postgraduate research students through the PGR framework.

  • Critical Appraisal of Literature to MD Study

  • First Year Report

  • MD Thesis

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

The award of MD will be granted following the successful completion of a two-year full-time scientific research study conducted in the laboratories of the University of Bradford. 

Successful completion will be evidenced by a written thesis or publications and defence of the scientific work at viva voce.

Early progression in this award will be evidenced by a written review of the scientific and clinical literature of publishable quality within 4-6 months of registration for the award of MD.

Students will have a minimum of two University academic supervisors and one clinical supervisor.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

The Doctorate in Medicine degree is likely to be the basis for a clinical academic career, but it also provides an advantage to employability in any area of professional activity through access to more generic training.

Since a doctoral programme is highly specialised, it offers students a unique opportunity to gain internationally recognised expertise on a specific topic.


The Faculty of Life Sciences hosts regular Research and Development Open Days.

This introduces you to a variety of high quality research topics the Faculty is involved in, and facilitates multidisciplinary research collaboration across areas of the Faculty.

Research will be represented from the various research groups:

  • Cancer Sciences
  • Medicines Development
  • Neurosciences
  • Skin Sciences
  • Archaeological Sciences
  • Professional Practice

All postgraduate research students are expected to take part in these events as it is an opportunity for career development.

Students will be expected to contribute to and attend the poster session and a relevant career development talk which is proposed by the postgraduate research student body. Many of the posters will be presented by other research students. The event is usually scheduled to take place in March/April.


Candidates will be working in the research laboratories in the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics and Centre for Skin Sciences.

As a University of Bradford Postgraduate Research student, you will also have access to our new Postgraduate Research Lounge, with group study facilities, bookable meeting spaces, quiet study areas, and social spaces.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £4,096 per year
  • International: £13,428 per year

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

How do I find out more?

Contact the Faculty

Contact Dr Jim Boyne.

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.