Department of Medicine

Course Structure

Students undertaking the MRes in Clinical Research course benefit from a wide range of lectures presented by experts in their field, along with the chance to implement research projects in clinical and laboratory settings, with support from both academic and clinical supervisors.

The course is structured along two complementary lines: the lecture programme (taught element) and individual student research projects (research element).

The weighting of the course is as follows: 

Elements Weighting   Components Assessment
Taught 30%

2 written examinations

1 piece of coursework

(equally weighted)

Double marked internally
Research 70%

Thesis 70%

Viva 30%

Mark agreed after viva by internal and external examiner


Taught element - module exams

The written examinations are designed to assess the taught part of the programme structured in 4 modules.  There will be two written exams each of which will be 2 hours long.

  • 1st Exam – the paper will cover material from modules 1&2 (approximately 1 hour per module).
  • 2nd Exam – the paper will cover material from module 3 and the pathway specific module (approximately 1 hour per module).
  • Critical appraisal coursework assignment - this will be completed in June, with students being required to appraise a given paper as structured essay (approximately 1 full week to complete).

  • View the taught element pages for further information

Research element - thesis and viva

A project report thesis (to be submitted in the final month of the programme) and viva voce examination will constitute the final examination. Students will also be asked to produce a poster for their Viva examination.

During the viva, students will be required to discuss and answer questions on their research project in front of 2 examiners, the poster is designed to support and illustrate the student’s research.


To qualify for the award of MRes students must complete all the course requirements and must achieve a pass mark in the both the taught element (combined examinations and coursework) and in the research element (research project and viva voce), with the pass mark set at 50%.

Summary of grades, marks and their interpretation for module exams and final MRes degree classification:

Grade Marks Interpretation

  • A 70% - 100%  Marks represent a distinction performance
  • B 60% - 69% Marks represent a merit performance
  • C 50% - 59% Marks represent a pass
  • D 40% - 49%  Marks represent a fail performance at MRes level
  • F 0% - 39% Marks represent a critical fail performance  

Please view the student handbooks below:
2014-15 CRDM Handbook PDF Acrobat Document
2014-15 DO Handbook PDF Acrobat Document
2014-15 HN Handbook PDF Acrobat Document
2014-15 TM Handbook PDF Acrobat Document

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