MRes Health Sciences Research (Renal)

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Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Awards available MRes
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time options should be discussed with Programme Directors as not all research projects are suitable for part-time study.
Start date September 2020

Programme overview

In this new programme you will develop essential skills for postgraduate research with a particular emphasis on renal sciences.

The MRes is suitable for graduates in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and bioscience subjects who wish to develop their renal research skills.

Bristol Renal

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.

Research projects

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.

Clinical placements

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.

This programme is also suitable for medical, dental and veterinary students interested in pursuing a renal-focused research-intensive intercalation option after three years of study.

Fees for 2020/21

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
UK/EU: part-time (two years)
Overseas: full-time
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time

Additional fees

Bench fee

Please note that the total cost of this programme (tuition fee plus bench fee) is the same as the cost of an undergraduate degree programme, which is currently set at £9,250 per year for UK/EU students. Should the undergraduate fee change in the future, the MRes fee will also change.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2020/21

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

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.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MRes Health Sciences Research (Renal).

Entry requirements

Graduates in a biological or related science or medical subject will normally be expected to hold an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent). Applicants intercalating from the professional programmes of medicine, dentistry and veterinary sciences will need to have successfully completed year three before they can be considered for this programme. Graduates of these professional programmes are also eligible to apply.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


This programme is suitable for students with a clinical or biosciences background who want to develop their research skills before embarking on a research/clinical career in academia or the pharmaceutical industry. It provides the ideal foundation for further studies leading to a PhD.

How to apply
Application deadline:

1 August 2020

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • Clinical Medicine:
  • 31% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 48% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 20% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Open days and visits

Find out more about opportunities to visit Bristol.

Register to attend our postgraduate open day, 20 November 2019.

Get in touch

Dr Rebecca Foster Co-director of MRes Health Sciences Research (Renal) Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 3086 Email:

Dr Simon Satchell Co-director of MRes Health Sciences Research (Renal) Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 3086 Email:

Bristol Renal
Translational Health Sciences
University of Bristol
Dorothy Hodgkin Building
Whitson St


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