Doctor of Medicine (MD)

The MD Degree is a postgraduate research degree awarded for original research carried out in a clinical or health-care related context. To be eligible for the MD Degree, candidates must be a graduate in Medicine of at least three years’ standing. MD Degree students at the University of Leicester carry out their research, in any branch of medicine, surgery, or medical science, under the supervision of experienced academic staff. There is also the option for candidates to submit collected inter-related published works or clinical case studies for the degree.

MD Degree students are an integral and valued part of the University’s research student community. They have access to wide-ranging lecture and seminar programmes, plus a College programme of training in transferable and generic skills designed to aid their professional development as independent scientists. Students can take advantage of the full range of University facilities.

Eligibility requirements

MD Registration

Recent MD Degree projects have included:

  • The Nociceptin system in inflammation and sepsis
  • Investigating phenotypes of asthma in elite performance athletes
  • Genetic and radiobiological causes of normal-tissue injuries following breast cancer radiotherapy
  • Regulation of the endocannabinoid system in early pregnancy
  • Rapid screening for depression and emotion distress in cancer care: meta-analysis and local implementation
  • Generation of therapeutic Ang2-binding proteins by directed evolution
  • Monocyte subsets in heart failure
  • Pharmacological and stem cell treatment for noise-induced hearing loss.
  • The outcome of knee arthroplasty surgery in the United Kingdom

Please note that the MD Degree is not the undergraduate degree that leads to qualification as a medical doctor; this is the MBChB

MD Degree students register with one of the College's research departments. Please click on the departments below to find out more about these departments’ research:

Cardiovascular Sciences
Genetics and Genome Biology
Health Sciences
Respiratory Sciences
Molecular and Cell Biology

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College of Life Sciences
University of Leicester
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