MSc by Research Medical and Health Care Studies

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc by Research 1Yr FT
    MSc by Research 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:1

Course Overview

The research and innovation arm of Swansea University’s College of Medicine is the Institute of Life Science (ILS). The vision for ILS is to advance medical science through interdisciplinary research and innovation to improve the health wealth and well-being of the people of Wales and beyond.

The Institute of Life Science

-is a unique example of successful collaboration between the NHS, academia and industry in the life science and health sector.
-enjoys close links with the Colleges of Engineering and Science especially through the Centre for NanoHealth.
- is Wales’ premier purpose-built medical research facility.
- is a collaboration between Swansea University and the Welsh Government, together with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, and industry and business partners.

Our research focuses around four themes: Biomarkers and Genes; Devices; Microbes and Immunity; and
Patient and Population Health and Informatics

Key Features

We invite applications in areas related to the following research themes: 

Biomarkers & Genes


Microbes and Immunity

Patient and Population Health and Informatics


Thanks to the interdisciplinary ethos of the Institute of Life Science, researchers dedicated to four theme areas work together seamlessly on complex medical problems that have both biological and social impacts. Candidates are asked to nominate their preferred research area.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for a research degree must hold an initial degree of a UK university or another university approved by Senate and would normally have achieved or be predicted to achieve a minimum classification of upper second (2:1) or equivalent.

All candidates whose first language is not English are expected to pass the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) at grade 6.5

We appreciate there can often be no substitute for experience and thus candidates with a lower grade are encouraged to apply, providing they can demonstrate 'an advantage' to make up for the lower academic grade.  Applications from non graduates are also welcome. 

How To Apply

Apply online and track your application status at

If you're an international student, find out more about applying for this course 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc by Research Full-time £4,200 £17,850
MSc by Research Part-time £2,100 £9,000

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

Note: The UK/EU fee is indicative pending confirmation from RCUK.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Tuition fees do not cover costs incurred personally by the student i.e. purchase of books or stationary, photocopying, printing and binding charges.