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MSc Molecular Medicine

University of Sheffield Medical School

Full time September MSc 1 year FT

About the course

Course description

Lead academic: Dr Martin Nicklin

This flexible molecular medicine course focuses on the molecular and genetic factors of human health and diseases. Understanding those factors is crucial to the development of molecular medicine and genetic therapies. Core modules cover the molecular medicine fundamentals. You choose specialist modules from the pathway that interests you most. We also give you practical molecular medicine lab training to prepare you for your research project.

The project is five months of invaluable laboratory experience: planning, carrying out, recording and reporting your own research. Recent graduates work in academic research science, pharmaceuticals and the biotech industry.

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Entry Requirements

A 2:1 degree with a substantial element of human or animal biology. We also welcome medical graduates, post-third year intercalating medical students and graduates in other scientific subjects such as biotechnology.

English language requirements:
Clinical applications pathway: Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.
All other pathways: Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


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Student Profile(s)

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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