MSc Molecular Medicine
- Full Time
- Degree of Master of Science
- Course Length
- 1 year
- Course Start Date
- September 2023
You aspire to be at the forefront of modern medicine. You’re inspired by the major 21st century advances in ‘genomics that help us understand disease at the molecular and cellular level. And you’re passionate about how this opens up new ways to treat and cure major illnesses.
On this fascinating MSc Molecular Medicine, you’ll study a variety of current topics and approaches currently used in molecular medicine and prepare for a fulfilling career in biomedical research, the pharmaceutical industry or the health services.
Choosing this course will enable you to be part of this rapidly growing discipline that is increasingly important to the future of medical research. You’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and experience to start your career and work towards becoming an expert in this cutting-edge field.
Molecular and cellular mechanisms for disease is an important area of research in the 21st century. Massive steps forward in science, such as the completion of the Human Genome Project and the ability to profile microbiota via whole genome sequencing, mean that diseases can now be studied at the cellular and molecular level in exquisite detail. This work will help us to understand diseases, develop treatments and possibly, in the future, find cures.
Our MSc in Molecular Medicine draws upon the world-renowned strength of research in biomedical sciences on the Norwich Research Park. On this course you’ll learn essential skills that are highly sought after in medical research, the pharmaceutical industry and the health services.
As well as learning fundamental theory, you’ll develop valuable transferable skills through personal development sessions, where you’ll cover presentation skills, employability and time-management.
UEA has enormous expertise in biomedical research, with a global reputation for academic excellence and strong links with the major institutes based across the Norwich Research Park.
Study and Modules
This year-long MSc programme is split into two parts. In part one of the programme you’ll take most of your taught modules, giving you the opportunity to learn skills in data analysis, critical evaluation of data, and report writing in molecular medicine.
Your modules include Data Handling Linked to Molecular Medicine – a specific module for this course. It’ll train you in the essentials of data collection, handling, analysis and presentation.
Frontiers in Molecular Medicine will help you to understand human diseases at the molecular and cellular level throughout the body. You’ll study the important questions in the field and learn to understand and evaluate primary literature on the topic through teamwork.
Through Research Skills for Molecular Medicine and Bioscience Seminars, you’ll develop useful transferable skills to support your learning and career development, such as scientific writing, science communication and engagement and ethics.
You will also gain valuable hands-on research skills via a full-time Research Project in Molecular Medicine, via a placement in a laboratory environment at UEA or one of the Research Institutes on the Norwich Research Park.
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.
Teaching and Learning
Many of your lecturers will be internationally recognised researchers in their area, and with research-led taught units you'll benefit from learning at the cutting-edge of the discipline.
You’ll learn through face-to-face lectures, workshops, and hands on experiments in our modern biomedical laboratories.
Throughout the programme, you'll be expected to read and review scientific literature and data, and study independently outside of your contact time.
In the second part of your MSc, you’ll complete a major research project where you’ll design, experiment and carry out original research in your chosen topic. This project provides an invaluable training environment to enhance your research skills and gives you the chance to work individually, drawing on knowledge and understanding gained from your taught modules. At the beginning of the research project, you’ll prepare an in-depth literature review drawing on the current literature, with support from your project supervisor.
We’ll assess your learning in a combination of different ways depending on the module and learning objectives. These include formal exams, coursework assignments, and presentations. In addition, you’ll complete a research project, which you’ll submit to us as a formal dissertation. This will be assessed by both external and internal review.
- Degree Classification
- Bachelors degree 2.1 or equivalent
- Degree Subject
- Life or Physical Sciences
- English Foreign Language
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:
IELTS: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in two components only, with 6.0 in the other two)
PTE (Pearson): 64 (minimum 59 in two components only with 64 in the other two)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.
Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests
INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.
Fees and Funding
Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2023/24 are:
UK Students: £12,250 (full time) (includes £1000 bench fee)
International Students: £23,500 (full time)
We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month.
Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
Course Related Costs
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.
How to Apply
Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.
To apply please use our online application form.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.
After the Course
After the course you’ll be well placed to join the important work taking place in the growing field of molecular medicine. Through a career in medical research, the pharmaceutical industry or the NHS, you’ll be able to make a real and fundamental difference to the future of disease and health.
Many of our students go on to PhD study to further their academic development and research interests in this area.
A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.
Examples of careers you could enter include:
PhD study and academia