University of Sheffield

The BSc Medical Sciences Research in gastroenterology provides the opportunity for students interested in all areas of gastroenterology to build their existing knowledge of both clinical and academic gastroenterology. This is done through taught components in statistics and ethics followed by a substantial gastroenterology research project.

The premier UK Gastroenterology centre has a long history of successful research projects and in the last 10 years has won 8 national and international research awards. During this time student projects have:

  • Lead to first author publications – To date every student has published!
  • Co-authored further publications
  • Achieved a first (73% of students) or 2:1 (27% of students)
  • Presented at regional and national conferences e.g. Sheffield Bardhan Fellowship, British Society of Gastroenterology Week etc.
  • Worked alongside MD students recruiting patients into other studies and gaining further experience
  • Awarded substantial financial support and prizes to attend conferences and present their work with other colleagues
  • Attended optional endoscopy sessions and clinics to add variety to the working week
  • Enjoyed working in an extremely friendly and welcoming team where colleagues and supervisors are extremely supportive and happy to help
  • Enjoyed a weekly free lunch at the Friday academic team meetings

Professor Sanders currently has a database of over 2300 patients which has been prospectively compiled by previous BSc Medical Sciences Research projects, this large sample size makes for an excellent study, but also takes away the stress of recruiting enough patients for research.

Applicants should consider this BSc Medical Sciences Research programme if they have an interest in gastroenterology or academic medicine as this will stand you in excellent stead for a future career in both.

Entry requirements

Students who have successfully completed at least two years of your current Medicine course are eligible to be considered to undertake a medical sciences research degree.

Closing date

We welcome applications for the medical sciences research degree from November each year, with a start date of September the following year. In the first instance please browse the project directory and contact us to discuss the processes in more detail and how to arrange a meeting with a prospective supervisor. First round applications need to be submitted by mid-December with a second round opening at the end of January. Students can select up to 3 projects to apply for and need to submit a supporting statement and evidence of their academic performance to date. Selection will be done via interview by the supervisor – arrangements will be made to interview students who are not based in Sheffield.

You will also need to factor in any deadlines with your main university to be released for intercalation.