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The MSc in Molecular Medicine gives you the opportunity to develop as a scientist or scientifically-literate clinician through an advanced understanding of the molecular basis of many diseases and their treatments.
Make an impact
You’ll study how to apply molecular approaches to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of a range of cancers, chronic, autoimmune and genetic diseases. You’ll also carry out a research project in one of these areas within a research group at the forefront of the field. Project supervision is assured by outstanding academics and clinicians working on cutting-edge research.
This flexible course allows you to develop core scientific skills and follow your professional interests with a choice of optional modules. You'll be part of a world-renowned School and will be taught by internationally recognised scholars.
Watch a recording of our recent School of Medicine webinar which highlights our MSc Cancer Biology and Therapy and MSc Molecular Medicine postgraduate courses to prospective students from around the world. The Programme Lead – Tom Hughes provides a useful overview of both courses; the modules and course structures; the difference between both courses; and our world renowned research internsive Leeds Institute of Medical Research.
The webinar covers the following postgraduate courses:
MSc Cancer Biology and Therapy MSc Molecular Medicine
You’ll build core scientific skills through four compulsory modules studied over two terms. Alongside these, your optional modules (two each term) allow you to tailor your study to your interests. Modules typically last 11 weeks.
Throughout the course you will:
gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles, application and potential of molecular medicine
learn techniques in the field of molecular biology, immunology, cell biology and chemistry develop the ability to carry out molecular, biological and bioinformatics research for investigation of human diseases
be able to engage in research projects using the latest technologies that generate results with scientific impact and the potential for improving patient health
learn to critically evaluate current issues in molecular medicine, translate research findings into clinical applications, and recognise commercial opportunities.
You’ll spend approximately four months on your individual research project, which usually runs from April to August. The research project allows you to work as part of a research team in a cutting edge discipline. You’ll also spend two months working on writing your research proposal and learning laboratory skills in Preparing for the Research Project module in January and February.
You will have a wide choice of research opportunities in Applied Health Research, Cancer and Pathology, Cardiovascular, Genes and Development and Musculoskeletal Research. You select your project from a range of research projects offered to MSc Molecular Medicine students.
The research project is based in one of the research laboratories at the St James’s University Hospital campus.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
The taught components of the course provide a perfect knowledge background and research training to get the best out of your research project.
You’ll be taught by active scientists and clinicians who are world-leading in their research fields, through lectures, workshops, laboratory practicals, seminars and tutorials. All our students judged the course as “intellectually stimulating” in the latest student survey.
Teaching is mainly at St James's University Hospital, a busy research facility with research laboratories and a teaching laboratory, computer cluster, library and meeting rooms. You can easily get to and from the University campus with the free NHS shuttlebus.
We encourage you to participate in the School of Medicine Institutes’ activities, such as the invited speaker seminar series. You also have access to all the wider University of Leeds facilities.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
A major objective of the coures is to train you to formulate your own ideas and express them logically, and this will be tested in every module assessment.
A typical module will be assessed by two assignments. Assessments include written assignments, as well as delivering presentations and posters, and leading discussions.
The MSc course comprises 180 credits. You may choose to exit the programme at an earlier stage, with either a PG Certificate (60 credits) or a PG Diploma (120 credits).
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject (biological sciences or possibly natural sciences) or equivalent qualification.
This course is also available as an intercalated programme to students who have completed three years of a UK medical degree and are normally ranked in the top 50% of their year of study. Read more at Intercalation.
Students taking this course as an intercalated degree are subject to different deadlines of application. Find out more about applying to intercalate.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information you’ll need
- Transcript of the qualifications you are relying on for entry. If these are not in English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
- Contact details of at least two referees. If you are a recent graduate, at least one should be an academic referee
- A CV including the list of research projects you have undertaken to date.
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For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
MSc Molecular Medicine Leeds Intercalating scholarship
£1,500 tuition fee waiver.
Be an UK, EU or International University of Leeds undergraduate medical student in year 3 or 4 who accepted an unconditional offer to intercalate full-time on the MSc Molecular Medicine.
Applicants with at least a B in their Year 2 Integrated Summative Examination and at least a B in their Year 3 Integrated Summative Examination will be considered.
The scholarship will be attributed to the student with the best academic grades (Year 1 to 3 combined). In case of equal academic achievement between students, the scholarship will be divided equally between them.
There is no application process
Leeds intercalating students will be automatically considered by the MSc Molecular Medicine Programme Management team as soon as they accept the unconditional offer of a place in the MSc Molecular Medicine.
This exciting course provides excellent training for:
science graduates looking for an opportunity to go on to do doctoral research, enter academic medicine or pursue a career in industry, clinical service or a related discipline.
clinicians interested in an clinical academic career.
Many of our past students are now doing PhDs across the UK or internationally. Some are working in NGOs or in the industry. Talented graduates from the MSc will be strongly supported to join PhD programmes in the institutes here at the University.
The MSc Molecular Medicine is the ideal preparation for those intending to secure clinical fellowships.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.