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Course content

Overview

Molecular and cellular mechanisms for disease is an important area of research in the 21st century. Massive steps forward in science, such as the completion of the Human Genome Project, mean that diseases can now be studied at the cellular and molecular level. This work will help to understand diseases, to develop treatments and possibly, in the future, cures. Our MSc in Molecular Medicine draws upon the world-renowned strength of research in biomedical sciences at UEA and on the Norwich Research Park.

On this course you’ll learn essential skills that are highly sought after in medical research, the pharmaceutical industry and the health services. As well as learning fundamental theory, you’ll develop valuable transferable skills through personal development sessions, where you’ll cover presentation skills, employability and time-management. UEA has enormous expertise in biomedical research, with a global reputation for academic excellence and strong links with the major institutes based on Norwich Research Park. 100% of our research environment was rated world leading and internationally excellent at the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) for Biological Sciences.

Course Structure

This year-long MSc programme is split into two parts. In part one of the programme you’ll take most of your taught modules, giving you the opportunity to learn skills in data analysis, critical evaluation of data, laboratory working and report writing in molecular medicine. Your modules include Data Handling Linked to Molecular Medicine – a specific module for this course. It’ll train you in the essentials of data collection, handling, analysis and presentation. Frontiers in Molecular Medicine I and II will help you to understand human diseases at the molecular and cellular level throughout the body. You’ll study the important questions in the field and learn to understand and evaluate primary literature on the topic through teamwork. In Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics you’ll get a Master’s level introduction to the structure and function of DNA, genomes and the role of bioinformatics – giving you a foundation of knowledge for some of the other modules.

The Medical Biotechnology module gives you the chance to discuss the use of molecular medicine and biotechnology in host:pathogen interaction research as well as in current clinical settings. You’ll gain hands on practical experience in Modern Experimental Techniques in Molecular Medicine, such as mammalian cell culture, gel electrophoresis, Western blotting, transfection of cells with GFP-protein constructs, microscope imagine, live cell imaging and RT-PCR. Through Research Skills for Molecular Medicine you’ll develop useful transferable skills to support your learning and career development, such as scientific writing, science communication and engagement and ethics. This will particularly support you in carrying out your major research project in your chosen topic, where you’ll demonstrate your learning and research skills.

Disclaimer

Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website: http://www.uea.ac.uk


Visit the MSc Molecular Medicine page on the University of East Anglia website for more details!

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