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MSc Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research

Course Description

This exciting Master’s programme aims to provide specialist theoretical and practical knowledge in molecular and cellular genetics for the study of human disease in the context of the scientific and clinical problem of human cancer.

If focuses on the development of research skills in medical genetics and human diseases, and is designed to enable you to develop the ability to become an independent and creative scientist, able to form useful working hypotheses and to analyse data appropriately.

Taught module will focus on how a greater understanding of these processes has created new avenues and targets for the therapeutic intervention for many human diseases.

The course aims to provide you with specialist theoretical and practical knowledge and experience of cellular, molecular biology and genetics, and their application to the study of human diseases in the context to the scientific and clinical problem of human cancer. The course will focus on developing research skills and is designed to enable you to become an independent and creative scientist.

Through our enthusiastic, innovative and research-driven approach, the teaching on this course reflects the fast changing nature of biomedical research, with specific emphasis to human genome, molecular medicine and cancer research.

Visit the MSc Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alpa Patel

1940.jpg After completing my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences (BSc) from Northumbria University, I undertook the Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research MSc course offered by Brunel University. I was attracted to the course because I wanted to further my understanding of the underlying mechanisms of cancer, and the course incorporated several aspects including genetics as well as treatment of cancers and technologies routinely used in cancer diagnostics. The MSc course was varied and interesting with a mixture of taught lectures, practical work and group work/presentations which has helped me to increase my knowledge of the topic in different ways. I found the ‘Intracellular Signalling and Cancer’ module highly fascinating, although very complex and intricate at times!

In addition, I really enjoyed the practical aspect of the MSc course, which included a nine month research dissertation. Through the research project I was to develop key essential laboratory skills, as well as gaining hands-on practical experience in several molecular-genetic techniques.

Outside of academia, Brunel offers a wide range of the club and activities for postgraduate students. I volunteer as a ‘STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths) Ambassador’ which is a national scheme aimed to promote STEM subjects to young people. Through STEM I have had the opportunity to be a ‘Competition Judge’ at ‘The Big Bang Fair’ held at the Science Museum which was a very rewarding and fun experience.

I am currently a 2nd year PhD student in Biosciences at Brunel University, with a fully-funded studentship and an industrial collaborator. The help and support that I received during my MSc from the staff has provided invaluable in my chosen career path and after completing my PhD I hope to move into the Pharmaceutical Industry.


(Student Profile)

Hassan Khonsari

1941.jpg After completing my BSc degree I was keen to further my studies. The MSc course at Brunel seemed to have the right balance between theory and practice, and I was attracted by the novel research programmes taking place. The excellent training I have received during my Masters studies has helped me to understand the principles behind the techniques and equipment I have used. Brunel has top grade lecturers who are experts in their field, and the facilities are continually being improved and upgraded.

My MSc dissertation involved the study of an inherited disorder called Friedrich Ataxia. I became increasingly more interested in this area and I wished to pursue further studies on this disease. With the help of my supervisor, I was fortunate enough to receive a bursary from Ataxia UK for my PhD. My research focuses on correction of this disease using gene therapy. My PhD is providing me with a stimulating environment for my learning and career development.

Brunel University is very multicultural, so you get many different opinions and views from other students in the university. My time here has been really exciting, and also very challenging. There is a great library and excellent computer facilities around the university. There is also a gym with affordable membership and loads of other classes, which is great if you have spare time on your hands.


(Student Profile)

Yuen Mei Mak

2631.jpg I chose Brunel because the campus is located in London, and I like the diversity in culture here. There are so many students from everywhere around the world and they have so much to offer. I enjoy the exposure to different languages and accents, different types of food, different ways of doing things, different religions and ethnicities - I just enjoy difference!

The university provides great accommodation and I'm enjoying sharing a flat with 9 other students, especially the opportunity to share cooking skills!

Brunel offers a wide range of social activities and workshops for those who need help in terms of coursework, stress, or time management. There's nothing to worry about during your stay at Brunel as you're in good hands. Just sit back, study hard and enjoy being a student at Brunel!

The opportunity of obtaining a Master’s degree would definitely put me a step closer to achieving my goals of becoming a research consultant and a lecturer back in Malaysia, and the experience I have gained will be ideal for future PhD programmes.


Brunel launches scholarship scheme for first class graduates - No. of awards TBC

Brunel University is offering scholarships covering 15 percent of tuition fees to holders of first class degrees from any UK university who choose to pursue postgraduate studies at Brunel.The scholarships are available to any student who has an unconditional offer to study a taught Master's course, including full-time, part-time or distance learning courses, starting in September 2013.The offer extends to those who earned their first degrees at UK university institutions overseas. For these students, the scholarships could be worth up to £2,250 a year.In addition, graduates who earned first degrees at Brunel are now being offered a 15 percent discount off the tuition fee for any taught postgraduate course, up from 10 percent. This discount is available to Brunel graduates who are paying all their fees themselves.Professor Julia Buckingham, Brunel’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “It is important that we do what we can to encourage high quality students to take their studies to the next level. These scholarships and discounts will help to remove any fears they may have about the cost of a Master's degree.”

Value of Scholarship(s)

offering scholarships covering 15 percent off fees to holders of first


Available to high calibre PG students and our alumni who wish to undertake further PG study. It is available to both Home/ EU and International students.We offer a discount of 15% off the fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.
Whilst Brunel has always offered a reduction in PG fees for Brunel alumni we intend to further incentivise Brunel students to take up postgraduate education by increasing the discount to 15%.
These two discounts are not exclusive and therefore a Brunel alumnus who has a first class undergraduate degree can receive both.

Application Procedure

Scholarships are open to all students with first class honours degrees from a UK university, who have an unconditional offer to study a taught Master's programme at Brunel University (including MBA, MRes and CPE/Graduate Diploma in Law) and who are not being funded either partly or in full by the National Health Service, or the Teacher Development Agency.For further details, please contact the Brunel University Press Office:
[email protected],

Further Information



Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

In order to attract high calibre students and encourage them to undertake postgraduate study we intend to offer a discount of 15% off the fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Discount of 15% off the fees


Those entering a Brunel postgraduate taught course with a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure

Automatic - part of the Brunel postgraduate taught application process

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A recent UK first or second class Honours degree in the field of Biosciences. Other qualifications including equivalent internationally recognised qualification or relevant experience from health professionals (eg doctors; nurses; MLSOs) will be assessed on an individual basis and a request for completion of an online biological test in molecular and cell biology may be required.

Course Fees

UK/EU students: £8,000 full-time; £4,000 part-time. International students: £16,500 full-time; £8,250 part-time

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