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Ms Mary Lou Jabore

Email: m.l.jabore@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4650

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Students can be self-funded or find sponsorship from funding agencies such as research councils, the European Union, industry or charities.

There are also a number of Graduate School Scholarships, and departmental bursaries and prizes available.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

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65% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Molecular Measurement in Medicine MSc

This MSc will train students in cutting-edge molecular measurement and analysis methods (molecular structure and imaging, molecular sensors, biomolecular interactions, photobiology) for applications across chemistry, biology and the life sciences. It will train students to be problem solvers who know how molecular measurements are made and how analytical tools work.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

This one-year full-time degree course for students with an interest in physical and/or analytical chemistry, biology or the life sciences will provide outstanding preparation for applying emerging scientific and technical advances in molecular measurement and analysis to tackle problems in both chemistry, biology or life sciences or in diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in healthcare.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

Research activities span the whole spectrum of molecular measurement and analysis-related research.

Students develop experience in scientific method, techniques for reporting science and in the many generic skills required for a future career.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six taught modules (15 credits each), a literature project (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Photochemistry
  • Biomolecular Interactions
  • Molecular Analysis
  • Molecular Structure and Imaging
  • Project Management
  • The Philosophy and Ethics of Translational Clinical Science

  • Literature Project


  • There are no optional modules for this programme


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 40–60 pages, and an oral examination.

Teaching and Learning

The taught programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops which are accompanied by assessed problem-solving coursework as well as short oral presentations, poster presentations, or essays. There are no written examinations. The literature project is assessed by a dissertation, and the research project by a written report, an oral presentation and a viva voce examination. Further details available on the MSc website.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a physical science from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

UCL's deadline for applications is early August for entry in September; however, students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This MSc offers physical science graduates the opportunity to broaden a strong scientific background into molecular measurements and analysis, and is suitable for entry into a wide variety of careers in academia, industry or national laboratories and measurement institutes (e.g. LGC, National Physical Laboratory), the civil service, patent law, consultancy, teaching.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Molecular Measurement in Medicine at graduate level. Please elaborate on the motivational factors that have drawn you to our subject. We anticipate that applicants from many different first-degree backgounds will participate in the programme and we would like you to explain how your own background leads you to this MSc
  • why you want to study Molecular Measurement in Medicine at UCL. Tell us how UCL can help to improve your career path and give an indication of your willingness to participate in the wider UCL activities in the subject during your time here
  • how your academic background meets the demands of a challenging programme. The MSc is a broadening degree which will lead you into areas that lie outside your first-degree subject. How comfortable are you with that?
  • what would you like to be able to do following your Master's?
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


This programme will provide outstanding preparation for students wishing to participate in a wide variety of careers in academia, industry, or national laboratories and measurement institutes (e.g. LGC, National Physical Laboratory), the civil service, patent law, consultancy, teaching.

The first cohort of students on this new programme will graduate in 2014; therefore no information about career destinations is currently available.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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