MSc Molecular Medicine - frequently asked questions

Is there more than one intake a year?

We only have one intake per year (September) and you will need to ensure that you can arrive in the UK in time for Introductory Week lectures.  The MSc Molecular Medicine is a one-year full time masters course.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements can be found on the course page.

What are the English Language requirements?

English language requirements can be found on the course page.

I am going to take an English test later in the year, can I still apply now?

Yes, you can apply before you have your English test result.  However, please note that your offer would be conditional on receipt of our required English standards and your offer would only be converted to unconditional if we receive proof that you have met our English Language requirements.  It is important to note that if you are attending our English Language Teaching Centre for the summer assessments and do not achieve our required English Language levels, we will not accept you onto the course, regardless of whether you are already in the UK.

Disabled Applicants

The University welcomes applications from disabled applicants.  Please refer to the Disabled Applicants webpage.

When does the course start?

Intro Week activities are planned to start on the Thursday of Intro Week.  We expect you to attend a departmental registration session on a drop-in basis, usually on the Wednesday of Intro Week.  The course starts on the Thursday with two mandatory Intro Days.  As these lectures and presentations are very important, we ask that all students make arrangments to be in Sheffield to attend these activities.

Can I study part-time?

We are unable to offer this option at present.

Can I study by distance learning?

We are unable to offer this option at present.

How much holiday do students on the Molecular Medicine MSc get?

The course is too intense to follow the standard University semesters and holidays calendar.  We assign work over the winter break and there will be no break during the University Easter holiday.  There are two scheduled holiday periods during the course.  The first is from the end of the winter term to mid-January.  You should check the schedule for the Practical Laboratory Training module and you will need to be back in Sheffield for the start of this.  During this period please note that you are expected to write the draft Literature Review (MED6090) during the winter break.

What careers do your graduates pursue?

More than 70% of our (570+) graduates from the past 10 years have remained in contact with us and have given us information about their careers.  The great majority of MSc Molecular Medicine graduates go into careers that start out in laboratory science.  Overall, 36% of our graduates (that is more than half the students for whom we have information) have entered PhD programmes, some after periods working in science.

How are the modules assessed?

Most modules on the course are currently assessed by written assignments, which you complete in your own time and submit by a prescribed time (deadline) and not by examination.  In some modules though, your assessment will feature oral presentations, demonstrations of taught practical skills and invigilated, timed, written examinations as part of the assessment procedure.

Is there a background reading list?

Please be sure that you are up to speed with the material in a recent edition of one of the following books.  Focus on general structure and function of animal cells and the control of replication, transcription, splicing and translation:

Alberts et al.  "Molecular Biology of the Cell", which is currently in its fifth edition (2008) and is published by Garland Science (Taylor and Francis.  ISBN 978-0-8153-4106-2


Lodish et al. "Molecular Cell Biology", which is currently in its sixth edition (2008) and is published by W.H.Freeman. ISBN 0-7167-7601-4

DNA from the beginning

There is a quiz which is found on our website.  Questions in the quiz are mainly of the minimum standard of knowledge that we expect from students at the start of the course.

What types of Research Projects can I do?

There are example research projects on our website.  They are intentionally out of date because some projects have Intellectual Properties.

Can I talk to people who are on the course at present?

We do have student representatives who would be able to correspond with you by email and we normally have previous students available during Open Days to give you a student's perspective.

How can I get further information?

If you would like to discuss the course further, please email

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