Molecular medicine is being revolutionised by rapid technological advances in molecular biology and biomedical and computational technologies. These advances are leading to the identification of new biological information which is driving the development of further enhanced technology aimed at new means of diagnosing, predicting, preventing and treating diseases. Such technological advances, combined with increased expectations for medicine, longer life expectancy and legal, ethical and economic factors are all playing a role in a multi-million pound industry being created around medical diagnostics. Consequently, there is an urgent need to train researchers that have the appropriate skill levels to utilise and apply these technologies. In addition, there is an increasing demand for process technology specialists in the pharmaceutical industries, with research and development of new "biological" pharmaceuticals often carried out by small to medium enterprises under contract to large pharmaceutical companies.
The course aims to develop critical and creative scientific thinking by the students and the ability to undertake more advanced basic and translational medical research projects.