A PhD in Medicine is an advanced doctoral degree that focuses on research and scholarly work in the field of medicine. The programme offers a pathway for individuals passionate about research, innovation, and advancing medical knowledge to make meaningful contributions to the field and shape the future of healthcare.
While a medical degree prepares individuals to practice medicine clinically, a PhD in Medicine is more research-oriented; It is designed for individuals who are interested in advancing medical knowledge, conducting original research, and making significant contributions to the field. The programme does not include clinical training or licensure to practice medicine. Instead, it provides specialised training in research methodologies, critical analysis, and scientific inquiry to train individuals to become independent researchers and scholars who can contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge and improve healthcare outcomes.
Research opportunities are multidisciplinary, spanning biomedical, clinical and health policy areas. Examples include investigating the origin of diseases at the cellular/molecular level, developing clinical interventions for targeted therapies, and improving health and social care for patients and populations.
The usual period of doctoral study is three years or six years part time, though the University’s Regulations also permit candidates who make particularly rapid progress to apply to the University Research Committee for permission to submit at the end of their second year of study full time.
Students are registered initially for the degree of PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), although their status is probationary until the first Annual Review has taken place normally between 12 and 18 months from first registration. Probationary status ends once the student has demonstrated through the submission of draft written work that they can conduct research at the advanced level required for the award of the degree, through the normal procedures for Annual Reviews.
As a research student, you will be supported by supervisors with strong skills and expertise in the areas of your research. Each student is allocated two supervisors. There is a First (or Principal) Supervisor, who is the student’s regular guide during his or her research, and with whom the student meets regularly throughout the year. There is also a Second Supervisor, whom the student may consult on a more limited basis where a ‘second opinion’ on a particular draft chapter may be helpful.
Enquiries should be directed in the first instance to our Admissions Officer on FMHS-Admissions@buckingham.ac.uk or phone +44 (01280) 820227.