HYMS is a fantastic place to pursue your MD in Medical Sciences. We have exceptional scientists, cutting-edge facilities and excellent student-centred support. And although we're a young medical school, our range of research is remarkable — so there are many options for MD students.
The programme is open to qualified medical practitioners who have been practising medicine for at least two years after graduating. The full-time MD takes two years, but you can opt to study part-time so that it fits in with your clinical commitment.
The MD gives you the opportunity to conduct a substantial independent research project which will lead to an original contribution to knowledge. You can work in a wide range of areas – our current students are researching topics as diverse as treatment of lower limb varicose veins, HIV microbicides, and outcomes of bariatric surgery. Throughout your degree, you will be supervised by a leading expert in the field and supported by a Thesis Advisory Panel.
An MD project should address issues of diagnosis or management in a clinical environment. If you have an idea for a research project that doesn't address these areas, you should consider doing a PhD instead.
Before making your MD application, you need to find a member of academic staff at HYMS to supervise your research project. Your principal academic supervisor must be employed by either the University of York or the University of Hull. Clinical staff solely employed by the NHS, or HYMS honorary staff, can't be your principal academic supervisor, though they can act as co-supervisors.
To find your principal academic supervisor:
The HYMS MD programme is an intensive course, where you will be expected to work to a high standard.
Many MD students have existing clinical commitments alongside their studies. The full-time MD is only suitable if you can devote a significant amount of study time per week (at least 35 hours) alongside your clinical work.
If your clinical work is demanding or you have limited study time, you should consider studying part-time. This will give you more flexibility to balance clinical work with academic research. If you have full-time clinical commitments, you must study part-time. Part-time study is at least 17.5 hours per week.
All research at HYMS is conducted within strict ethical guidelines. Before you start your research, you will need ethical approval from the appropriate university and NHS ethics committees. You need to take this into account when planning your project and writing the proposal.