Clinical Sciences MRes

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2022
  • Entry requirements: You will need a BSc Honours degree in a relevant Biological Sciences discipline, at 2:1 or 2:2 class levels, previous MRes or MSc, or a medical, veterinary or dental qualification.
Clinical Sciences mres


The aim of the MRes is to provide training at Masters level for intercalating medical undergraduates, medical and science graduates and career academics-in-training, so meeting regional and national demands for research oriented skills in these disciplines.

Please note, the MRes in Clinical Sciences is currently being revalidated and is therefore subject to change.

A key element of the programme design is the development of relevant, appropriate research skills, in addition to a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the research process.

The programme prepares the student for doctoral research training and satisfies the criteria of the Research Councils for Master of Research training.

Programme objectives

  • Provide training in transferable skills, techniques, and knowledge appropriate to postgraduate research students at Masters level
  • Develop the capacity for individual work and teamwork in an interdisciplinary research environment
  • Conduct independent research through practical experience in formulating appropriate research strategies, methods, data collection and analysis via three 12-week research projects
  • Develop communication skills both oral and written to enable research debate (with scientific and lay audiences) and peer reviewed journal publications
  • Equip the student to take the first postgraduate steps leading to future roles in biomedical research in the clinical, industrial, and public sectors
  • Prepare the student for entry into a PhD programme.

The programme is built around the research interests of the Institutes of Ageing & Chronic Disease and Infection & Global Health and consists of eleven Programme Pathways (listed below) reflecting the world-class research being carried out in these areas within both Institutes.

Programme pathways

  • Clinical Infection & Global Health
  • Emerging & Zoonotic Infections
  • Eye and Vision Science
  • Infection Immunology
  • Microbial Pathogenesis               
  • Musculoskeletal Biology
  • Neurological Infections
  • Obesity & Endocrinology
  • One Health
  • Translation Bacteriology
  • Veterinary Science

During the course you will undertake three 12-week research projects with academics (both clinical and non-clinical) from these Institutes. By carrying out three research projects linked to one of the pathways highlighted above, you will graduate with the pathway branding in your degree certificate, for example MRes in Clinical Sciences (Emerging & Zoonotic Infections) [or other appropriate pathway]. 

Alternatively, you are able to experience a broader range of research by carrying out projects across different pathways, and receive the qualification MRes in Clinical Sciences.

Further details of the academic members of staff who contribute to the MRes and the research interests of the Institutes can be found at the following websites: and

The programme has a modular structure and is delivered by lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and individual tuition for the research projects.

Why The Institute of Infection and Global Health and the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease?

The Institute of Infection and Global Health is pioneering research into global health challenges of the 21st century.

Bringing together doctors, vets and scientists in one international centre of excellence, the Institute addresses overlapping research areas related to the health of humans, animals and the environment. The Institute provides a hub for infection-related research across the University.

We examine clinical, biological and epidemiological aspects of infectious as well as some non-communicable diseases, and consider their wider impact on human society and animal welfare.

The Institute integrates medical and veterinary research to enhance exchange of knowledge and skills between the two disciplines, thereby putting the University of Liverpool at the forefront of the 'one health' agenda.

The Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease - Our research is translating into real world benefits

We offer specialist research training programmes in all of these areas. Training in other areas is provided by the University's Graduate School. Our students are guided and supported throughout their studies by a regular Personal Development Review, and a programme of annual assessment including written reports, seminar presentations and advisory panels with experienced academics.