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Contact details

Ms Lauren Collins

Email: lauren.collins@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 2116

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£11,750 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£23,000 (FT)

Medical Research Council Studentships may be available for this programme.

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

More information

Prospectus Entry

Infection and Immunity

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

80% 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 Medicine MSc

The Molecular Medicine MSc is designed to provide an understanding of the molecular basis of modern medicine. Each course is designed to introduce and evaluate molecular biological principles and to explore them in relation to disease processes and clinical application.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme provides an advanced understanding of the molecular basis of pathogenesis, clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. Students discuss topics related to infectious diseases, chronic diseases, genetic diseases, endocrine disorders, malignancy and diseases arising from abnormal immune responses, and carry out molecular-biological and computing techniques.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Infection & Immunity has been scored in the top five research centres in the UK, and has strong links with international centres. It hosts research in immunology, virology, microbiology and autoimmunity, and aims to link fundamental laboratory research with the clinical interests of UCL Hospitals. Research in innate and adaptive immunity is translated to the development of vaccines and biological therapies for autoimmune disease, and treatments for immunodeficiency.

Students on this programme benefit from contact with first-class teaching staff and industry speakers who will challenge them to consider the impact of all the elements of this exciting and fast-moving field.

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 four core modules (60 credits), two options (30 credits), a web-based data and mining project (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (67.5 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Medicine: Data Interpretation
  • Molecular Medicine: Laboratory Practicals
  • Molecular Basis of Disease


  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Molecular and Immunological Basis of Disease
  • Advanced Virology
  • Molecular Oncology


All students produce an 8,000–10,000 word Library report. MSc students undertake a laboratory-based research project which culminates in an independent report and oral examination.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals and self-directed learning. Assessment is through practical write-ups, problem solving, written examination, essays, a web-based data mining and analysis project and laboratory-based research projects.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in biomedical science or medicine from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with a lower second-class Bachelor's degree are also considered but in this case would be expected to have worked in a research laboratory for a continuous period of at least six months, or in some way demonstrate that they have made some significant and relevant additional achievement since graduation.

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

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?

The programme is suitable for biomedical science students who wish to develop a detailed understanding and current knowledge of molecular aspects of medicine. Students obtain practical and research experience through the research-based laboratory project, enabling further research or a specialist career in this field.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Molecular Medicine at graduate level
  • why you want to study Molecular Medicine at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
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.


Upon graduation from the Molecular Medicine MSc students follow a variety of career paths. Many graduates continue their education as PhD students or at medical or dental school. Others enter employment as clinical scientists, research scientists in academia or industry, in publishing and other fields.

First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:

  • Oxford University: Research Assistant
  • University of Warwick: MBBS
  • PRN Clinical Trials: Research Technician
  • Synovate: Market Researcher
  • University College Hospital: Medical PA

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

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