Some undergraduate medical degrees have research components.
Many medical degrees now have research components available through intercalation. There is an excellent overview of these on the NHS Medical Careers website.
Opportunities for conducting research may also be available as part of your medical degree’s Student Selected Components (SSCs). This provides an excellent opportunity to get an early taste of research.
If you study at Oxford, the Final Honours School element of the BA in Medical Sciences is designed to give you a thorough grounding in, and appreciation of, research and the application of the scientific method. This is sustained through clinical training with two further opportunities to undertake research projects. Check our funding news for information about OUCAGS' Research Elective Bursary rounds.
Formal MBPhD programmes are available in some Medical Schools. In others there may be an opportunity to undertake a DPhil/PhD at some point during your medical degree. This will add time to your medical degree. However, it can be worth it if you have found a research topic that particularly inspires you.
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Where next, after my degree?
If you are interested in academic medicine, consider applying to an Academic Foundation programme (AFP).
Last reviewed: January 2016