University of Bristol

In the MRes Health Sciences Research (Renal) programme you will develop essential skills for postgraduate research with a particular emphasis on renal sciences. The MRes is suitable for intercalators in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science subjects who wish to develop their renal research skills after 3 years of study on their professional programme.

This course is run by members of Bristol Renal, a group that covers the translational spectrum from basic science to applied health services research. The group comprises about 50 research staff including eight principal investigators, clinical lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, clinical and non-clinical research fellows, PhD students and technicians.

Eight-month laboratory and epidemiology renal research projects will be offered to students, including those with links to the UK Renal Registry here at Bristol. In-depth independent performance analysis metrics (SciVal, Elsevier) demonstrate that Bristol is a top research grouping internationally for glomerular disease and proteinuria. Our world-class research environment will also be evident in the research-led lectures delivered on this course.

Bristol Renal has strong links to the clinical (adult) renal unit at Southmead Hospital and paediatric renal unit at Bristol Royal Hospital for children, offering the unique option of a clinical placement within your renal research project.

Programme structure

The programme comprises two 10-credit units and two 20-credit units, along with a 120-credit research project. You will have a choice of two different projects: in renal sciences or in renal epidemiology/ health sciences. The project consists of an extended period of research work, followed by writing a thesis, a viva and an oral presentation. You can choose to undertake a clinical placement alongside the project.

Entry requirements

You can study a Masters’ level degree after three or more years of study on your professional programme. Please refer to the admissions statement on our intercalation website for full guidance on how your application will be assessed.

Closing date

The closing date for applications will be advised on the University of Bristol Intercalated degrees website.