The Medical School,
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health
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. Recent graduates work in academic research science, pharmaceuticals and the biotech industry.
We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.
If you're interested in the clinical applications pathway, you'll need to apply directly. Find out how to apply on the department page.
- From Genome to Gene Function
- Human Gene Bioinformatics
- Research Literature Review
- Human Disease Genetics
- Modulating Immunity
- Laboratory Practice and Statistics
You choose from six optional pathways (see below).
- Modelling Protein Interactions
- Gene Networks: Models and Functions
- Virulence Mechanisms of Viruses, Fungi and Protozoa
- Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenicity
- Characterisation of Bacterial Virulence Determinants
- Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease
- Model Systems in Research
- Novel Therapies
- Molecular Basis of Tumourigenesis and Metastasis
- Molecular Techniques in Cancer Research
- Molecular Approaches to Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
- Vascular Cell Biology
- Experimental Models of Vascular Disease
- Vascular Disease Therapy and Clinical Practice
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.
You'll need to apply directly to this pathway:
- Laboratory demonstrations
- Computer practicals
- 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.
1 year full-time
The medical school where my department is based is one of the best in UK. This combined with the guest lecturers from the best academics and researchers in their respective fields made University of Sheffield my best choice for pursuing my master’s degree.
My understanding of the molecular mechanisms of various diseases and disorders combined with the knowledge of emerging technologies in medicine would enable me to improve the understanding of various disease which would help in development of novel therapies in the field of medicine.
A 2:1 degree with a substantial element of human or animal biology. We also welcome medical graduates, post-third year intercalating medical students and graduates in other scientific subjects such as biotechnology.
English language requirements
Clinical applications pathway:
You will need an IELTS score of 7 to include a score of 7 in the listening component.
All other pathways:
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in listening and 6.0 in all other components.
Fees and funding
Dr J G Shaw
+44 114 215 9553
The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.