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About the course

This flexible course gives you the chance to choose specialist modules from the pathway that interests you most. You'll carry out a five-month research project, which gives you invaluable laboratory experience. Our graduates go on to PhD study or work in related industries.

Lead academic: Dr Martin Nicklin

Designed for both animal/human biology and clinical graduates, this flexible course focuses on the molecular and genetic factors of human diseases. Understanding these factors is crucial to the development of therapies.

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Entry Requirements

You'll need at least a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree including a substantial element of human or animal biology.

We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.


Home (2022 annual fee) : £10,800
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £26,200

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Student Profiles

Tasnuva Dilruba Kabir

I want to do a PhD in the near future. Iwant to continue at the University of Sheffield, if possible. I want to use my MSc degree to become a clinical researcher.

Jane Zhen Jiang

While studying at the University of Sheffield, Jane was encouraged to design and experiment with her own projects. She now hopes to start up her own laboratory, putting into practice all that she has learnt.

“I am currently a postdoctoral researcher of the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Germany”, says Jane Zhen Jiang, explaining how her research career has flourished following her masters in Molecular Medicine at Sheffield. “I am planning to finish my project in Germany in the next three years and then I’m hoping to start my own lab somewhere.”

Jane completed her masters degree in 2013. She then decided to stay in Sheffield to complete a PhD, which she received in 2018. “I am originally from China, but after spending six years in Sheffield, it now has become my second home. The advice I would give to the postgraduates-to-be is enjoy the course and also enjoy the student life in Sheffield. I met all my best friends during my postgraduate studies.”

“During my masters, I enjoyed the thesis project the most. We were able to choose our favourite project and work on it”, she recalls. “By the end of my project, I had a really good understanding about developmental biology and this encouraged to me to do a PhD afterwards. During my PhD, in addition to all the practical parts that I enjoyed, we also had chances for teaching, which was really helpful for my current academic career.”

“During my time in Sheffield, I was trained to design projects and experiment properly, which helped a lot at the beginning of my career. I had quite a few chances to go to international conferences to present my work and communicate with other labs in the field, which was essential for my current career development and establishing collaborations.”


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