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Programme structure: Health Sciences Research (MRes) - what's running in 2022/23

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing, student choice and timetabling constraints.

The programme team will offer alternative desk-based research projects if access to laboratories is restricted due to the public health situation.

This degree is also offered to students (usually from Medicine, Dentistry, or Veterinary Science) as an intercalating award, normally taken after 3 years of study.

The 1-year full time degree gives students the option of undertaking a 100cp research project unit and a 20cp hacking for NHS unit as co-requisites, instead of a 120cp research project unit.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Introduction to Research in Health Sciences SOCS30006 10 Mandatory TB-1A
Further Research Methods in Health Sciences BRMSM0036 20 Mandatory TB-1
Project Proposal in Health Sciences MEDIM0016 20 Mandatory TB-1
Research Club in Health Sciences MEDIM0017 10 Mandatory TB-1,TB-2
Select 120cp from:
Research Project in Health Sciences MEDIM0015 120 Optional TB-1,TB-2
Hacking 4 NHS INOV30005 20 Optional TB-2
Research Project in Health Sciences (Hacking for NHS option) BRMSM0052 100 Optional TB-4
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Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds but is permitted in designated programmes (as set out in the programme specification) where students choose to withdraw from the intended programme but otherwise achieve the necessary credit points for the exit award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

** For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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