BSc in Clinical Sciences (Molecular Medicine)

Lecturer using the powerwall to show cells

Programme Leader

Admission Enquiries

Dr Karen Lee
0113 206 5283

Agi Karasinska
0113 206 6543 

Entry Requirements

Clinical Sciences (Molecular Medicine) students can intercalate after years 2, 3 or 4 of an MBChB (or equivalent) programme.

Application Procedure

All applicants can follow the procedure here or email Agi Karasinska directly.

 Applicants from Universities other than Leeds should include the following:

  • a completed Direct Entry form
  • names and email addresses of two referees
  • a letter providing permission for you to apply to intercalate at another University
  • a full University transcript providing scores, marks or grades of all summative assessments attempted to date

Course Overview

Clinical Sciences student graduatesStudents spend about half their time undertaking a research project which is usually laboratory-based but may involve gathering information from patients. The other half of the programme is directed to the study of selected diseases in depth. Each module is assessed differently. There are no undergraduate science students on the Clinical Sciences (Molecular Medicine) programme.

One advantage of intercalation is that you get a classified degree, a qualification, at the end of the year. In the picture above Junaid Azam graduates in Clinical Sciences.   

For more information on the taught module please click on the links below.
Paper Criticism
Molecular Oncology
Gastrointestinal Disease
Research Methods in Clinical Sciences
Molecular Pharmacology
Research Project for Clinical Sciences

Further information about the specific research projects for 2017-18 will be made available here in January 2017. 

Learning together

The lectures and practicals for Research Methods are shared by intercalating medical students attending the Molecular Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine and Medical Imaging programmes.  Students on MRes Medicine attend the Paper Criticism sessions.  Molecular Pharmacology is shared by intercalating medical students attending the Molecular Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine programmes.

Previous Students

Edward Goacher  

Ed’s project, The Diagnostic Accuracy of Digital Microscopy: A Systematic Review, was selected for a 45 minute podium presentation at the Pathology Informatics Summit 2015 in Pittsburgh. The Association for pathology informatics awarded Ed a travel award for trainees (photo below) which facilitated his attendance.

Ed at conference

'Intercalating in Clinical Sciences provides you with the opportunity to complete an in-depth, original piece of medical research in a relatively short period of time, leading to multiple publication and presentation opportunities.
The opportunity to present my research  at an international conference was one of the highlights of my intercalation year. I was fortunate enough to present to an audience which included the United States Food and Drug Administration and the College of American Pathologists.
Whilst in Pittsburgh I was also able to explore the city and attend my first baseball game, an education in itself! Both the conference and the BSc have afforded me the opportunity to widen my network of contacts in the field of academic medicine, as well as generating new friendships.'

After his return to the UK Ed continued the hard work and earned himself not only a first class degree but also the Willis Prize in Clinical Sciences (Molecular Medicine) for receiving the highest credit weighted average mark on the programme.

His project report was accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal.

Goacher E, Randell R, Williams B, Treanor D. The diagnostic concordance of whole slide imaging and light microscopy: a systematic review. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine 2016 

Michael Grant  

A medical student at Queen’s University Belfast, Michael chose to intercalate at Leeds Medical School because of the opportunity to conduct laboratory-based research. “I wanted to generate my own data and learn how to conduct laboratory investigations,” Michael said. “My hand-to-eye coordination has improved and this will help when I consider specialist training posts later in my career”.

Michael found that applying to Leeds was very straight forward. As a bonus the Leeds team supported his application for a Jean Shank’s Foundation Intercalating Scholarship. This was successful. Michael’s research was entitled Assessing components of a novel VEGF signalling cascade as potential prognostic markers in glioblastoma and was conducted in Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology at St James’s University Hospital. His research was supervised by Dr Georgia Mavria.

Michael's graduation photoMichael was awarded the degree of BSc Clinical Sciences (Molecular Medicine) with first class honours in June 2015.

His research continued after the intercalated year following his return to Belfast as he can access data bases and images remotely. This will improve his chances of publication in a peer reviewed journal before he applies for an academic foundation programme after Medical School.

Sam Straw 

Sam straw at graduation

Sam Straw completed the BSc Clinical Sciences in 2011-12. He has been successful in getting his final project report published in the Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering.

In addition, Sam has had his literature review published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences

 "The best thing about Clinical Sciences was the opportunity to work alongside doctors and scientists in a world class research facility.  The knowledge and experience gained during the year enabled me to realise opportunities I might not otherwise have, and has put me at a real advantage whilst applying for my foundation year.  Intercalating also gives you some time off to be a real student again, I spent my summer cycling to Morocco, but you can use the time however you want.  It's hard work, but extremely rewarding to achieve a degree, and complete your own research project within such a short period of time." 

Matthew Hale

Matt Hale working on Project reportMatthew Hale has been successful in getting his literature review published in Cellular oncology  (14 March 2013). 

"Beyond the BSc and potential publications this BSc has taught me both how to plan, carry out, analyse and write up real research and has also taught me immeasurably valuable skills that are essential for a career in medicine that are not currently in the MBChB such as how to correctly appraise a paper and ascertain the validity of its conclusions, in addition to being able to read and digest the paper quickly." 

Mary Booth 

Student with supervisor

Mary Booth receive a  Bursary from the Jean Shanks Foundation to help fund her studies in Clinical Sciences (Molecular Medicine). She went on to graduate with a first class degree in 2013.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my intercalation year. I gained a much greater understanding of the skills involved in research, and through the course modules, was able to develop these skills.

The research project was a brilliant opportunity to spend a prolonged period of time within a research team. The chance to work with people outside of the MBChB was another benefit of this intercalated degree.

I got on really well with the other members of my research group, who were always willing to help out if I needed."  (Mary Booth 2013)

Sophie Earle 

Sophie Earle at graduation

Sophie Earle graduated in 2012 with a first class degree in Clinical Sciences (Molecular Medicine). 

Sophie was awarded a scholarship from Association of Clinical Pathology to help with her studies for  the year.

"This year has been the most challenging of my academic career, yet I have learnt to love it. I gained a fantastic new perception into just how many doors pathology opens for every individual lucky enough to undergo this experience" (Sophie Earle, 2013)

Leanne Hodkin

Leanne Hodkin intercalated in 2009-2010. During the intercalated year she attended three conferences, and this provided her with the opportunity to obtain feedback on her project. Her research was entitled Assessment of the proliferation index in gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumours: methodology, tumour heterogeneity and relationship to disease course Leanne graduated with BSc Clinical Sciences with first class honours and MBChB with honours. She applied successfully for an Academic Foundation Post in Histopathology at Leeds and is still enjoying research. She said, 

"Intercalating in Clinical Sciences was one of the best decisions I made whilst at medical school. It allows students to be involved in cutting edge research, exposing them to a whole new learning experience."

Her publications include:

Hodkin L, Anthoney A, Treanor D, Albazaz R, Verbeke C. Heterogeneity of proliferative activity in primary and metastatic pancreatic endocrine carcinomas. Pancreatology 2009;9:531.

Sam Simpkins

Sam Simpkins took the intercalated Clinical Sciences programme in 2010-11. She earned a first class honours degree and won the Willis prize. In November 2011 she achieved the award for the best intercalated presentation by the Med Chir Society at Leeds General Infirmary. Her literature review was accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal. 

Simpkins SA, Hanby AM, Holliday DL, Speirs V. Clinical and functional significance of loss of caveolin-1 expression in breast cancer-associated fibroblasts. JJournal of Pathology 2011. Accepted Article DOI: 10.1002/path.4034 


The course runs from September to June.


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Further Information

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