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.

I chose the University of Sheffield because of the proven track record in medical research. Some of the teachers are people whose work I have read about in science journals. It is fascinating to be taught by the experts in the field.

Gbadebo Adeleke, MSc Molecular Medicine

About the course

Course description 2017

Lead academic 2016: 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.

Recent graduates work in academic research science, pharmaceuticals and the biotech industry.

Adnan Faizullabhoy, MSc Molecular Medicine

Core modules

  • From Genome to Gene Function
  • Human Gene Bioinformatics
  • Research Literature Review
  • Human Disease Genetics
  • Modulating Immunity
  • Laboratory Practice and Statistics

Six optional pathways

Genetic 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
  • Vascular Disease: Models and Clinical Practice

Clinical Applications pathway

Apply directly to this pathway. Available only to medical graduates. Students are recruited to a specialist clinical team and pursue the taught programme (1-5) related to the attachment. They are then attached to a clinical team for 20 weeks, either for a clinical research project or for clinical observations. See website for more detail and current attachments.

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory demonstrations, computer practicals and student presentations.

Assessment is continuous. Most modules are assessed by written assignments and coursework, although there are some written exams.

Two modules are assessed by verbal presentations.

Your research project is assessed by a thesis, possibly with a viva.

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 components.

Students applying for the Clinical Applications pathway will need an IELTS score of 7 to include a score of 7 in the Listening component.

Entry requirements for international students

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

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Any questions?

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

Dr J G Shaw
E: j.g.shaw@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 271 3517

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.