MSc Molecular Medicine
Comprehensive, theoretical and practical training using state-of-the-art techniques in molecular biology
1 year full-time
Designed to appeal to both clinical and basic scientists, the course provides comprehensive theoretical and practical training using state-of-the-art techniques in molecular biology as it is applied to medicine.
The practice of clinical medicine is currently being revolutionised by rapid and extraordinary technological advances in molecular biology in areas such as gene discovery, cancer, inherited diseases and gene therapy.
The MSc in Molecular Medicine is a full-time (12 month) course, which starts in October. The programme is organised as follows:
- October - February: 5-month taught section
- March - September: 6-month laboratory-based research project
Find out more about the programme structure here.
First degree or equivalent in medicine, biological dentistry or veterinary medicine, with the minimum of second class honours.
Is this programme for you?
This programme comprises a five-month lecture series followed by a six-month laboratory-based research project. The lecture programme concentrates on the areas in which rapid advances are now being made:
- the fundamental concepts of molecular and cellular biology
- gene expression and disease
- molecular genetics and disease
This course provides excellent training for clinical and basic science graduates looking to pursue further research, including a PhD, and also to those interested in a career in industry, clinical service or a related discipline.
The course is aimed at students (UK, EU and overseas) who wish to gain valuable training in molecular biology (theoretical and practical) as it is applied to medicine. The course is designed to appeal to both basic and clinical scientists, and will provide basic training for those wishing to pursue a career in scientific medical research.
Medical, dentistry, veterinary and basic science graduates with a good degree in any biological science (such as biochemistry, genetics) or chemistry are eligible to apply. For medically qualified students, the course will provide a good background for further research (especially for those who were unable to do the intercalated BSc). For the most capable students, this MSc will provide an excellent training if they wish to follow up with a PhD. The skills acquired in the course will also be of value for those wishing to pursue a career in industry, clinical service or related disciplines.
The fields of study covered in this course will be set in the context of major diseases such as cancers, AIDS, diabetes, hepatitis, and other public health concerns. Students will then carry out a research project in an area where they can reasonably be expected to make an original contribution.