What is the duration of the MRes(Med) Programme?

It is a full time intercalated programme for one academic year (from 01 July every year to 30 June next year) during enrichment Year 3 of the MBBS curriculum.

What does the programme consist of?

The programme comprises both coursework (21 credits) and hands-on research training (48 credits) leading to a 20,000-word dissertation, with the coursework and hands-on research training to be completed within the intercalated year and the dissertation to be submitted by the end of MBBS Year 6.

Who are eligible to apply for the MRes[Med] programme?

MBBS II students will have the option to apply for the MRes[Med] programme during their enrichment year.

What’s the admission criteria for the MRes[Med] programme?

Candidates will be considered based on their academic performance in MBBS I and II summative examinations, merits of research proposal and their enthusiasm in research. There is NO official cut-off point for the required MBBS I and II academic results. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Board of Studies.

When will the application results be announced?

Application results will usually be announced with the granting of conditional offers in March based on the candidates’ MBBS I Summative Examination results and merits of their research proposals. The confirmed offers will be granted subject to the attainment of satisfactory results in MBBS II Summative Examination, which are usually released in June.

What are the scholarships available for MRes[Med] students?

Entrance scholarship granted based on students’ MBBS I-II academic performances*

*Students enrolled in the programme will be considered directly by the Board of Studies for these entrance scholarships. No application is needed.


Scholarship granted based on students’ research progress in MRes[Med]#

#Applications will be invited at the end of semester 1.


Other enrichment year awards

  • Programme for Effective Transition and Student Support (PETSS) (overseas conference grant; email: medschol@hku.hk)
  • Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programme (URFP) (applications by invitation only; email: urfpmedf@hku.hk)
What is student’s role during the 48-credit hands-on research training in MRes[Med] studies?

Students’ roles in the research training vary and depend on the research plan decided in consultation with the supervisors. Some examples are subject recruitment, data collection and analysis, literature review, experiments in wet labs and genome sequencing. Students have to communicate with potential supervisors and come up with a comprehensive research training plan.

Can students approach different potential supervisors before submitting the research plan for application?

Yes, students are encouraged to study different research topics and approach relevant potential supervisors to identify their most interested research area before submitting their final proposal.

Can students choose supervisors who are not on the available list of research topics?

No, students are advised to approach supervisors on the list ONLY.

Can students discuss with potential supervisors and make adjustments to the topics and plans provided?

Yes, students may discuss with potential supervisors and adjust the topics/plans where appropriate, which should be submitted together with the applications for consideration by the Board of Studies.

How detailed should the research proposal be?

Students are advised to seek supervisors’ guidance on the preparation of proposal, which should include the research objective, significance and methodology. The merits of candidates’ research proposals will be considered as one of the admission criteria by the Board of Studies.

What can students do if students would like to further enrich their research experience and aspire to pursue a clinician-scientist career following their MRes[Med] studies?

Students with outstanding MBBS I and II results and strong research performance in MRes[Med] can apply for admission to an intercalated MBBS/PhD programme, no later than the 8th month of their MRes[Med] studies, before returning to MBBS IV. The time spent on the MRes[Med] programme would count towards the probationary period for the student’s PhD study. Further details can be found here and application for admission will be invited in December each year.