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.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Molecular Medicine MSc in the course catalogue
Research Methods for Clinical Sciences
Research Informatics and Dissemination
Preparing for the Research Project
Learning and teaching
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).