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Course overview

  • Learn about a field of critical importance to translational medicine, with a unique focus on the molecular analysis of tissue samples.
  • Study at a university ranked 9th in the UK and among the top 50 in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings 2018).
  • Choose optional units to suit specific interests, such as proteomics and chemical pathology.
  • Connect with colleagues and related opportunities across the UK through our association with the network of MRC and EPSRC-funded Molecular Pathology nodes.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £10,000 
  • International students (per annum): £23,000
  • MSc (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1 £4,000; Year 2 £4,000; Year 3 £2,000 
  • International students (per annum): Year 1 £9,200; Year 2 £9,200; Year 3 £4,600
  • PGDip (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £2,667
  • PGCert (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £2,000


The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with no less than 20 in writing)

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require with your form.

Advice to applicants

Your application form must have the following documents.

  • One academic reference on letter headed paper, signed and dated, or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly.
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated.
  • Official university transcripts (with translations if not in English).
  • A personal statement - this should be a page in length and explain why you want to undertake this course, relevant past experience and what you can bring to the course, how this course fits into your future career plans and any other relevant information.
  • Full CV including voluntary experience.
  • A scanned copy of your passport if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
  • If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability.

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or if this is not possible, sent directly to  . We are unable to consider your application if you have not provided all of the necessary documents listed above.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is largely delivered through face-to-face, interactive sessions, consisting of some lecture material, with discussions and group work, and with a range of audio-visual stimuli including PowerPoint slides, images and videos.

All units are supported by the use of Blackboard (a virtual learning environment) on which staff post lecture slides, reading lists and other accompanying material.

Each unit on Blackboard also has its own discussion board, where you can interact with staff and other students on the course, for example, by posting and responding to questions, and making comments related to the course.

For students completing the full MSc, a significant amount of teaching and learning will take place through the dissertation research unit (60 credits or 30 credits), in which you will be expected to take a lead role in developing a research project with regular support, input, and mentorship from your project supervisor.

Coursework and assessment

Formative assessments will be given throughout the taught component of the course and will take the form of MCQs, short answer questions, verbal presentations, data and method analysis exercises.

A range of summative assessments will be employed to assess your knowledge and understanding, and the development of your intellectual and transferable skills including:

  • verbal presentations;
  • written assignments;
  • data analysis and interpretation exercises;
  • analytical method analysis;
  • evaluation and formal unseen written examinations consisting of short answer questions and essays.

The assessment methods employed by each unit will vary and will be tailored to match the material delivered and stated ILOs of that particular unit.

Your ability to gather information from a wide range of sources, evaluate and critically analyse information, make considered judgments about that information and synthesise material into logical and coherent pieces of work will all be assessed. 

Examples of the marking proformas used in the assessment of verbal and written assignments will be provided in student handbooks and on Blackboard, the University's virtual learning environment..

Course unit details

The following core units will be spread over years 1-3 for part-time students (over Semesters 1 and 2 for full time)

  • Professional and Research Skills (Semester 1)
  • Molecular Pathology of non-Malignant Disease (full year online module)
  • Digital Pathology (Semester 1)
  • Omics Techniques and their application to Genomic Medicine (Semester 2)
  • Diagnostic Molecular Pathology Weeks 1 and 2 (Semester 2)
  • Proteomics and Chemical Pathology (Semester 2)
  • Molecular Pathology of Cancer (Semester 2)

Each module runs for one week (excluding Diagnostic Pathology which is two separate weeks), and you will be expected to be on campus from 9am to 5pm on teaching days.

Career opportunities

You will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to apply to your subsequent clinical practice (pathologists) or to gain positions in NHS and private sector diagnostic laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry or academic research.

Accrediting organisations

Under application for accreditation by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Visit the MSc Molecular Pathology page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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