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MedicinePostgraduate study

DM Programme

Southampton is one of the UK’s leading centres for biomedical research, offering a range of postgraduate opportunities in both basic and clinical science.

As a research-intensive university, you will benefit from studying alongside academics working at the interface of medicine, discovering solutions to some of the today’s key global healthcare challenges.

Our cutting-edge research is already having an impact in a wide range of areas including asthma, osteoporosis, antibiotic resistance, developmental origins of adult disease, liver disease and diabetes, and we opened the nation’s first Centre for Cancer Immunology in 2018, bringing together world-leading researchers to expand clinical trials and develop more lifesaving drugs in this exciting and promising area of cancer research.

Introducing your degree

Our part-time Doctor of Medicine degree programmes are aimed at students with a clinical background, who hold a medical qualification that is recognised by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) and are employed in a hospital or institution associated with Medicine at Southampton.

You will get the opportunity to study a project that is relevant to your clinical discipline whilst working with a wide variety of both clinical and non-clinical researchers.

The University of Southampton is internationally recognised for its work in Life Sciences, of which Medicine plays a huge part. As part of our thriving postgraduate community, you will get the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from a variety of interdisciplinary areas, as well as the NHS or external funders, on research that is having a direct impact on society.

As a Doctor of Medicine student, you will gain high quality training in research-related skills and professional/transferable skills enabling you to become a confident, independent researcher and return to clinical practice 

You will complete a research project which may be in a clinical, laboratory or community setting and will usually have a strong translational focus.

You will be based at one of the country’s leading teaching hospitals – University Hospital Southampton – and will have access to excellent research facilities in Medicine and across the University. You may also choose to transfer to a PhD programme, subject to satisfactory progress.

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To Apply

Applications for our DM programmes are welcomed throughout the year. Application deadlines for funded positions may apply and will be stated on the relevant webpage /advert. A clinical background and a medical qualification recognised by the UK General Medical Council (GMC); and be employed in appropriate scientific or clinical work in a hospital or institution associated with the Faculty of Medicine.


Part-time 2-4 years

Key facts

  • Join a leading UK centre for biomedical research
  • Benefit from strong links with the NHS in teaching hospitals and in the community
  • Be taught by experts in your chosen PhD field
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary researchers from across the University, in the NHS and industry
  • Be based at a leading UK teaching hospital – University Hospital Southampton
  • Work alongside academics who are making an impact globally in transforming healthcare
  • Access excellent research facilities in Medicine and across the University
  • Applications are welcomed throughout the year and the programme can be started throughout the year

Dr Ashley Pringle

Typical entry requirements

Applicants must hold a medical degree which is recognised by the UK General Medical Council. Applicants will normally be required to be employed in either a clinical or research role within University Hospitals Southampton or other Trust affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine. Full details of entry requirements can be found here.

English Language: IELTS 7.0 (minimum of 6.0 in each category, University band 2D).

Selection process

Applications and start dates are throughout the year.

All applicants will be interviewed.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

You will be supervised by a team of academics who are experts in your chosen field, and you will have access to all of the training provided to our PhD students.

Your academic work will be supplemented by comprehensive training in research skills, statistics, critical appraisal and laboratory techniques, and you will also receive training in transferable skills such as communication, presentation skills and academic writing.

Your assessment will be through reports, thesis and viva voce.

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate research degrees vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Study locations

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