University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Translational Medicine (Interdisciplinary Molecular Medicine)

Our Masters of Research (MRes) in Translational Medicine provides high-quality research and training skills for students who want to use state-of-the-art biotechnologies to rapidly translate disease research into improved clinical healthcare. With advances in technology, graduates are now faced with heightened expectations to conduct effective bioscience research. Employers demand skillsets comprising biological, medical, physical and computational characteristics and this Masters is designed to provide this breadth of training. The core aim is to train the next generation of scientists able to 'fast-track' biological and scientific data into advanced therapies and diagnostics tools. Our understanding of the molecular basis of disease and drug mechanisms has improved dramatically in recent years, yet there is a distinct shortage of individuals able to apply this knowledge into effective clinical benefit. Our MRes in Translational Medicine (Interdisciplinary Molecular Medicine) provides intense training in 'omics' skills and techniques such as genetics, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics. The training in metabolomic techniques is novel for a UK course, and teaching on the integration of different omic platforms and data in a systems medicine strategy is unique. With its extended 35-week research project and broad training in biotechnology for medical healthcare, this MRes provides an excellent platform to progress into PhD research, or for a career in academia or the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, or as a clinical academic. The MRes has substantial interdisciplinary focus; training comprises four taught modules before you undertake an extended 35-week research project within The University of Manchester, Waters or one of the Greater Manchester teaching hospitals. A wide choice of projects are available (view the list of example projects ), allowing individuals to focus on areas of interest such as the use of gene expression profiling, proteomics, metabolomics, stem cell research, tissue culture or pharmacogenetics in the biology of cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, stroke or diabetes. The MRes lasts for one year full-time, so it provides the ideal opportunity to experience the challenges of multidisciplinary research first-hand before committing to further training.

Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) in the biomedical, medical, biological, chemical, biochemical or pharmacological sciences or in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine from a recognised university.
We will also consider candidates with Upper Second degrees in a relevant analytical, physical or computing science area.
International candidates must have obtained the equivalent of an Upper Second in a related degree from a reputed university and should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.
Candidates on the undergraduate medical programme must have satisfactorily completed Years 1 to 3 of the MBChB. For St Andrews students, this includes the 3-year degree programme and the following year spent in Manchester (Year 3 of the Manchester programme).
Evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience may be accepted by the University as qualification for entry for applicants with a Lower Second or equivalent. Specifically, we require a minimum of:
IELTS - minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)

Course modules

Modules include: Essential transferable skills for translational medicine; research design and implementation; quantitative technologies for translational medicine; data analysis; genetics, genetic epidemiology and genomics; transcriptomics and functional genomics; proteomics; metabolomics.

Assessment methods

Our Masters of Research (MRes) employs a wide range of teaching and assessment methods to promote a stimulating, challenging and dynamic environment that will equip you for your future career in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, or for further PhD study in academia or as an academic clinician.
You will be assessed through oral and poster presentations, workshops, a literature review, written reports and a journal article dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 21,500 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

Medicine - PGT
Telephone number: 
0161 305 1648