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MSc Molecular Medicine

Key facts

Start date September 2018

Duration/mode 12 months full time

UK/EU fees £9,250 (total)

International fees £21,500 (total)

Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject

Language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in writing and no less than 6.5 in all other components


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.

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 programme 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.

The Programme Leader is Dr Marie-Anne Shaw. The Programme Coordinator is Dr Audrey Zannese. They will be happy to answer any specific queries about programme content.

The MSc programme 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).

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Course content

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 programme 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.

Research project

You’ll spend approximately half of the programme 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 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.

Course structure

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

Learning and teaching

The taught components of the programme 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 programme as “intellectually stimulating” in 2014 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.


A major objective of the programme 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 programme 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).

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

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 (or international equivalent) and are normally ranked in the top 50% of their year of study. Read more at Intercalation.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the Molecular Medicine MSc admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in writing and no less than 6.5 in all other components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.


How to apply

Application deadlines:

International applicants: Apply by 15 July 2018 (midnight) or until the programme is full.

UK/EU applicants: Apply by 15 August 2018 (midnight) or until the programme is full.

We strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible to have the best chance of securing an offer.


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.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


UK/EU fees: £9,250 (total)
International fees: £21,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

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 – Intercalation scholarships (for Leeds medical students only)

Two scholarships of £1,500 will be awarded to the two highest ranking Leeds medical students (Year 3 and Year 4 considered).

If there are students in different year groups applying to intercalate in the MSc Molecular Medicine the scholarship will be split so that the highest ranking student in each year group receive an award.

If there are only students from one year group applying to intercalate in the MSc Molecular Medicine the award will be made to the top two ranking students within the year group applying.

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Career opportunities

This exciting programme 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.

We anticipate that an MSc Molecular Medicine will be ideal preparation for those intending to secure clinical fellowships.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s 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.

Alumni profile

Lois Gardner
“I would recommend the course to anyone who wishes to embark on a career in research.” Read more
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