MSc Molecular Medicine

The Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Enhance your career with a masters in a specialist field. Our courses are backed by world-class interdisciplinary research.

Medicine at Sheffield is leading the way, taking a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to some of the most pressing issues in global health.

Our funding comes from research councils, the Department of Health, the EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

About the course

Lead academic: Dr Martin Nicklin

This flexible course focuses on the molecular and genetic factors of human diseases. Understanding those factors is crucial to the development of therapies.

Core modules cover the fundamentals. You choose specialist modules from the pathway that interests you most.

We also give you practical lab training to prepare you for your research project. The project is five months of invaluable laboratory experience: planning, carrying out, recording and reporting your own research.

Core modules

  • Scientific Information and Research Design
  • From Genome to Gene Function
  • Genome and Sequence Analysis
  • Research Literature Review
  • Human Disease Genetics
  • Modulating Immunity
  • Practical Laboratory Training

Optional modules

There are five optional pathways:

Genetics Mechanisms pathway

  • Modelling Protein Interactions
  • Gene Networks: Models and Functions

Microbes and Infection pathway

  • Virulence Mechanisms of Viruses, Fungi and Protozoa
  • Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenicity
  • Characterisation of Bacterial Virulence Determinants

Experimental medicine pathway

  • Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease
  • Model Systems in Research
  • Novel Therapies

Cancer pathway

  • Molecular Basis of Tumourigenesis and Metastasis
  • Molecular Techniques in Cancer Research
  • Molecular Approaches to Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Cardiovascular pathway

  • Vascular Cell Biology
  • Experimental Models of Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Disease Therapy and Clinical Practice


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory demonstrations
  • Computer practicals
  • Student presentations


Assessment is continuous. Most modules are assessed by:

  • Written assignments
  • Coursework
  • Written exams
  • Verbal presentations
  • A thesis (possibly with a viva voce) is used to assess the research project

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Adnan Faizullabhoy, MSc Molecular Medicine

The course has been structured perfectly. It begins with an overview of topics and then it narrows down to specific pathways. I have chosen the neuroscience pathway. The ultimate aim is to start something of my own, in the biotechnology field.

Adnan Faizullabhoy, MSc Molecular Medicine

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree with a substantial element of human or animal biology. We also welcome medical graduates and graduates in other scientific subjects such as biotechnology.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in Listening and 6.0 in all other categories.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

Recent graduates work in academic research science, pharmaceuticals and the biotech industry. The course is ideal preparation for a PhD at any leading university.

Our study environment

You'll be based in teaching hospitals that serve a population of over half a million people and refer a further two million. We also have close links with the University's other health-related departments.

Our research funding comes from many sources including the NIHR, MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, the Department of Health, EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, ARC, YCR, Cancer Research UK and BHF. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

You'll also benefit from our collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Our MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics has some of the finest research facilities in the UK and attracts annual funding of more than £2m.

Our resources

We have a state-of-the-art biorepository and a £30m stem cell laboratory. The Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) opened in November 2010. We also have microarray, genetics, histology, flow cytometry and high-throughput screening technology, and the latest equipment for bone and oncology research.

At our Clinical Research Facility, you'll be able to conduct studies with adult patients and volunteers. The Sheffield Children’s Hospital houses a complementary facility for paediatric experimental medical research.

Hepatitis B policy

If your course involves a significant risk of exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissue, you'll need to complete a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before starting. We conform to national guidelines that are in place to protect patients, health care workers and students.

How we teach

Classes are kept small (15-20 students) to make sure you get the best possible experience in laboratories and in clinical settings.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Dr J G Shaw
T: +44 (0)114 271 3517