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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £12,100
- UK/EU Part-time: £6,200
- Overseas Full-time: £23,700
- Overseas Part-time: £11,850
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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.
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.
All students produce an 8,000–10,000 word Library report and 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:
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.
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English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
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
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.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Imperial College London, MBBS, 2011
- University of Warwick, MBBS, 2011
- PRN, Clinical Trials Research Technician, 2010
- Synorate, Pharmaceutical Market Researcher, 2010
- UCL, PhD Studentship, 2011
Graduates of this programme will have a state-of-the-art understanding of their chosen specialist area and substantial experience of research in one of the UCL's world class research group. This background is superb prepareation for an aspiring PhD student. Throughout the programme emphasis is placed on training in data-handling, data-interpretation and the scientific method. These are key transferrable "problem-solving" skills and will allow MSc Molecular Medicine graduates to stand out from the pool when applying for almost any biomedical career.
For queries relating to this programme, please contact:
Ms Lauren Collins
T: +44 (0)20 3108 2116
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"The lessons and lectures in my MSc programme were really effective. They fostered the inventive, independent thinking and analytical abilities that will help me prepare for the advanced research I plan to do."
Degree: Molecular Medicine MSc
"I am convinced that this degree programme will give me a set of skills and a way of thinking that will enable me to apply myself in a wide range of career opportunities."
Degree: Research Degree: MPhil/PhD
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