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MSc in Molecular Medicine

Course Description

The MSc in Molecular Medicine gives you the opportunity to develop as a scientist or scientifically-literate clinician through an advanced understanding of the molecular basis of many diseases and their treatments.

You’ll study how to apply molecular approaches to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of a range of cancers, chronic, autoimmune and genetic diseases. You’ll also carry out a research project in one of these areas within a research group at the forefront of the field. Project supervision is assured by outstanding academics and clinicians working on cutting-edge research.

This flexible programme allows you to develop core scientific skills and follow your professional interests with a choice of optional modules. You'll be part of a world-renowned School and will be taught by internationally recognised scholars.

Throughout the programme you will:

- gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles, application and potential of molecular medicine
- learn techniques in the field of molecular biology, immunology, cell biology and chemistry
- develop the ability to carry out molecular, biological and bioinformatics research for investigation of human diseases
- be able to engage in research projects using the latest technologies that generate results with scientific impact and the potential for improving patient health
- learn to critically evaluate current issues in molecular medicine, translate research findings into clinical applications, and recognise commercial opportunities

Programme structure

Starting in September, the MSc in Molecular Medicine is a full time, twelve months programme which combines a seven month research project with some taught modules.

The MSc programme comprises of a 180 credits, consisting of:

A research project: 75 credits
Scientific core skills: 45 credits including Bioinformatics and Research Methods

A choice of student-selected modules: 60 credits

• Human Molecular Genetics
• Immunity and Disease
• Animal Models of Disease
• Stem Cell Biology
• Cancer Biology
• Genetic Epidemiology

Career Prospects

This exciting programme provides excellent training for:

- science graduates looking for an opportunity to go on to do doctoral research, enter academic medicine or pursue a career in industry, clinical service or a related discipline;
- clinicians interested in an clinical academic career.

Many of our past students are now doing PhDs across the UK or internationally. Some are working in NGOs or in the industry. Talented graduates from the MSc will be strongly supported to join PhD programmes in the institutes here at the University.

We anticipate that an MSc Molecular Medicine will be ideal preparation for those intending to secure clinical fellowships.

Why study at the University of Leeds?

The University of Leeds has been named University of the Year 2017 by The Times and The Sunday Times’ Good University Guide.

Teaching is stimulating and delivered by active scientists and clinicians, many of whom are world-leading in their research fields. You will benefit from small group teaching including lectures, workshops, laboratory practicals, seminars and tutorials.

Your research will be based in one of the internationally-renowned Institutes of the School of Medicine. You will be able to choose from a wide range of research opportunities in Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Cancer and Pathology or Rheumatology.

Visit the MSc in Molecular Medicine page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jorge Luis Jimenez Macias

5178.JPG Tell us about the MSc Molecular Medicine – why did you choose this course?

The MSc Molecular Medicine exposed me to very interesting topics like stem cell biology, molecular oncology or immunology and their use in the medical field. The lectures really addressed how these fields are used in disease diagnostics, prognostics and treatments from a molecular perspective. Additionally, I had the opportunity to participate in a research project guided by scientists and clinicians in the field. This contributed greatly to both my theoretical knowledge and practical experience. This course was ideal for my professional interests.

Did you receive a scholarship to study here?

Yes, from the Mexican government. Because the University of Leeds is a Russel Group university, it has several funding opportunities in partnership with international institutions and governments.

What was the best part about the MSc Molecular Medicine?

To engage in a full research project with students, staff and group leaders from all around the world and from different backgrounds. They provided a diversity of stimulating ideas for my research project and professional career. The experience I had during the MSc was outstanding.

What are you doing now?

Right now I’m studying my PhD in oncogene-independent resistance in Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia here at the University of Leeds. My supervisor was my lecturer during the masters and that’s how I got to meet him and got to know the project.

Would you recommend the MSc Molecular Medicine?

I entirely recommend the course to anyone who wants to learn about the molecular basis of diseases. The course is also very effective at enhancing your communication, writing, teamwork and time management skills. All of these are particularly important to successfully complete the research project and write up and present results at the end. Those skills are also transferable skills that will be looked for in industry. Definitively this masters will be a great asset for your career development.

(Student Profile)

Lois Gardner

5179.jpg "The MSc in Molecular Medicine is the perfect progression from a BSc for those who wish to secure a PhD in a similar field. The taught modules are engaging and interesting with assessments including literature reviews, journal clubs, posters and presentations. The research projects are based in working research labs where students are exposed to both clinical and research scientists. Overall I would recommend the course to anyone who wishes to embark on a career in research."

Lois Gardner is currently doing a PhD at the University of Leeds.


Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject (biological sciences or possibly natural sciences) or equivalent qualification.This course is also available as an intercalated programme to students who have completed three years of a UK medical degree (or international equivalent) and are normally ranked in the top 50% of their year of study. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the Molecular Medicine MSc admissions team using the form below.

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