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What will I learn?

The Master of Research in Medicine (MRes[Med]) programme aims to provide structured research training to MBBS students of The University of Hong Kong while they are in the medical school. With the objective of nurturing a research culture among MBBS students, the programme will enable them to develop lifelong clinical and/or laboratory research skills and the ability to engage in research effectively. On completion of the programme, students will have demonstrated by presenting a dissertation that they have acquired an acceptable level of knowledge and understanding in a chosen field of study.

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. The MRes[Med] degree will be awarded to candidates who satisfactorily complete all the curriculum requirements of the MBBS degree.

Entrance scholarships covering full composition fee and scholarships based on research progress may be available for eligible candidates.

The programme is recognised as a quotable qualification by the Medical Council of Hong Kong.

Mode of Attendance

Full Time intercalated program for one academic year (from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022) during enrichment Year 3 of the HKU MBBS curriculum. The programme consists of hands-on research training, coursework and a dissertation project.

Which department am I in?

Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$171,000.00 (17,37,099) per year
The fee is payable in 2 installments; subject to adjustment.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected December 2022

More details

Start date

Expected July 2023

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission to the courses leading to a taught postgraduate qualification, a candidate: shall hold a Bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose. English Language Requirements: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5; or GCE (General Certificate of Education) - Grade C or above; or IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) - Grade C or above; or Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language - Grade C or above.

For international students

HKU MBBS students who have completed the second year of the MBBS curriculum and passed the Summative Examination. Candidates must have demonstrated excellent academic performance in their MBBS study.

In addition to satisfying the requirements for admission to the curriculum concerned, an applicant who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English is required to obtain one of the following examination result.

A. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
1. a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or
2. a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or
3. a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or

B. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5; or

C. GCE (General Certificate of Education)
Grade C or above; or

D. IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)
Grade C or above; or

E. Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language
Grade C or above

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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