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MSc in

Medical or Human Sciences

(by thesis)

The MSc in Medical or Human Sciences (by thesis) is ideal for you if you want to get involved in postgraduate research, and obtain the skills to progress to a PhD or MD.

Course length 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start date September start recommended (Other options: January, April or July)
Location University of Hull or University of York (depending on your supervisor's employing university)


About the MSc by thesis

The MSc in Medical or Human Sciences (by thesis) 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. You can work in a wide range of areas. Our students are researching topics as diverse as cardiac function in high-risk surgical patients, enteral nutrition for pre-term infants, the correlation of vitamin D with genotype in populations, interprofessional health education, the identification and management of delirium in palliative care, and dental evolution in humans. Previously awarded research theses are available on the HYDRA digital repository.

Throughout your degree, you will be supervised by a leading expert in the field and supported by a Hull York Medical School Thesis Advisory Panel.

The MSc by thesis is offered either full-time for one year or part-time for two years. If you have fewer than about 35 hours a week to devote to your studies, you should consider studying part-time. Part-time study is at least 17.5 hours per week.

You will register at the university where your principal supervisor works, and you will have access to facilities and support at both our parent universities – Hull and York. All of our degrees are awarded by both the University of Hull and University of York.

Students and researchers in Experimental Medicine and Biomedicine
Academy of Primary Care


Postgraduate Researcher Development Scheme

As a postgraduate research student, you will also take part in our Postgraduate Researcher Development Scheme, which provides you with extra opportunities to broaden your personal and professional development horizon.

It is widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation for your research degree or future. The Postgraduate Researcher Development Scheme is designed to be a major contributor to your personal development planning.

You can choose between a wide range of activities and courses to put together a portfolio that is tailored to your individual needs, as agreed with your supervisor and Thesis Advisory Panel.


Entry requirements

We require the following for entry to the MSc in Medical or Human Sciences (by thesis):

  • Bachelors degree or Masters degree, or equivalent award

English language requirements

If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept any of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with no less than 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

You do not need to provide evidence of your English language abilities if certain conditions apply. Check English language exceptions on the University of York website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees



How to apply

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. Whichever route you're considering, here are some starting points:

  • Find a supervisor: search our research centres and groups to find a supervisor who works in your field
  • Contact your potential supervisor: if you’re generating your own research project, seek guidance on its suitability

Applications are made on the University of York website:

Apply for the MSc in Medical Sciences (by Thesis)

Apply for the MSc in Human Sciences (by Thesis)

We advise to apply at least 8 weeks before your intended start date (or earlier if you are an international student to allow for visa applications).

We recommend all prospective students to visit the University of York website for full details of how to apply.