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Molecular Medicine

The Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

This flexible course gives you the chance to choose specialist modules from the pathway that interests you most. You'll carry out a five-month research project, which gives you invaluable laboratory experience. Our graduates go on to PhD study or work in related industries.
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Course description

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. A high proportion of students from this course progress to study for a PhD, while others go on to work in the industries.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

Apply now

If you're interested in the clinical applications pathway, you'll need to apply directly. Find out how to apply on the department page.


Core modules

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

Optional modules

You choose from six optional pathways (see below).

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
  • Experimental Models of Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Disease Therapy and Clinical Practice
Clinical applications pathway (apply directly)

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:

Apply for the clinical applications pathway


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • 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

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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.

Amanpreet Kaur Bains
MSc Molecular Medicine

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree with a substantial element of human or animal biology. Medical students can intercalate after completion of three years of their medical degree. We also welcome medical graduates and graduates in other scientific subjects such as biotechnology.

English language requirements

Clinical applications pathway:

You will need an IELTS score of 7.0 including a score of 7.0 in the listening component.

All other pathways:

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students


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

Apply now

If you're interested in the clinical applications pathway, you'll need to apply directly. Find out how to apply on the department page.


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.