University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Molecular Medicine

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.

Entry requirements

MSc: A 2.1 degree with a substantial element of human or animal biology. The University also welcomes medical graduates and graduates in other scientific subjects such as biotechnology. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in Listening and 6.0 in all other categories.

Course modules

Core modules: scientific information and research design; from genome to gene function; modulating immunity; molecular genetics of human diseases; genome and sequence analysis; research literature review (self-directed); practical laboratory training. Genetics mechanisms pathway: modelling protein interactions; gene networks: models and functions. Microbial pathogenicity pathway: virulence mechanisms of viruses, fungi and protozoa; mechanisms of bacterial pathogenicity; characterisation of bacterial virulence determinants. Experimental medicine pathway: molecular and cellular basis of disease; model systems in research; novel therapies. Neuroscience pathway: genetics and modelling of neurodegenerative disease; mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease. Cancer pathway: molecular basis of tumourigenesis and metastasis; molecular techniques in cancer research; molecular approaches to cancer diagnosis and treatment. Cardiovascular pathway: vascular cell biology; experimental models of vascular disease; vascular disease therapy and clinical practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment is continuous. Most modules are assessed by written assignments and coursework, although there are some written exams. 2 modules are assessed by verbal presentations. The research project is assessed by a thesis, possibly with a viva voce.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2018 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2018 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2018 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2018 20,500 per Year 1 (International) 12 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

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