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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year FT

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Details of up to date course fee can be found here: website

  • Last Updated

    14 August 2019

Course description

Lead academic: Dr Martin Nicklin

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


  • Genetic Mechanisms
  • Microbes and infection
  • Experminemntal Medicine
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Clinical applications (apply directly)

Core Modules

The core contains essential training for all areas of molecular medical research. It runs from late September until late January (with a break for the winter holiday).

  • MED6092 “From Genome to Gene Function” (15 credit) illustrates the connection between identifying a gene by its position, discovering single gene defects and investigating the function of genes and proteins.
  • MED6006 “Modulating Immunity” (10 credit) introduces you to recent developments in immunity and recombinant molecules that are used to modulate the human immune system therapeutically.
  • MED6090 “Research Literature Review” (15 credit) offers you training in critical analysis of the literature and in writing a review of a field of work.
  • MED6003 “Human Disease Genetics” (10 credit) illustrates the principles underlying recent research that has uncovered genetic components in several common diseases.
  • MED6095 “Human Gene Bioinformatics” (15 credit) is a computer practical class, teaching you how to extract, manipulate and interpret DNA and protein sequence from public sources using web-based software.
  • MED6098 “Lab Practice and Stats” (15 credit) offers you training in essential laboratory operations, lab safety and etiquette, keeping records and statistical analysis.


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory demonstrations
  • Computer practicals
  • Student presentations


Assessment is continuous. Most modules are assessed by written assignments and coursework, although there are some written exams. Two modules are assessed by verbal presentations.

Your research project is assessed by a thesis, possibly with a viva.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it’s up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or students numbers. In the event of any change we will consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information:

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





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