‌MSc in Molecular Medicine


Molecular Medicine is a broad discipline that relates to the study of the molecular mechanisms of disease and their application in developing therapies for the clinic. It is an exciting time to be a biomedical scientist, with the forefront of healthcare research currently focused on personalised medicine, stem cells and the prospect of gene editing. This taught Masters aims to provide students with an in-depth grounding in contemporary molecular medicine. The Department of Biology has considerable research expertise spanning several areas relevant to molecular medicine, including cancer, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience and parasitology.

Key features

  • Learn how basic biomedical research is conducted and translated by scientists in one of the UK’s top-ranked biological sciences departments
  • Develop the skills to pursue a PhD in biomedical research or other specialist career path within the healthcare/pharmaceutical sector.

Taught modules

  • Molecular Basis of Disease
  • Data Analysis and Programming in the Biosciences
  • Research, Professional and Team Skills
  • Optional modules in topics including cancer, neuroscience, cell and tissue engineering, and microbiology.

Research projects

After receiving training in core laboratory techniques and experimental design, students will undertake an Independent Study Module under the supervision of a biomedical researcher in the Department of Biology or as an external placement. Recent external placement destinations include MicroLab Devices, Leeds; Cancer Research UK, London; Computomics GmbH & Co, Tübingen; Forsite Diagnostics Ltd, York; MRC Harwell, Oxford; Smith & Nephew, York; GSK, London; Francis Crick Institute, London; and AstraZeneca, Cambridge.

Research and transferable skills

We will equip students with the key skills of the modern researcher, including critical thinking, data interpretation, statistics, programming, and the written, oral and graphical presentation of scientific data and ideas.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Students applying for postgraduate study in our Department should normally have obtained an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). If you are an international student please check the minimum requirements for your country or region.

Language requirements

If your first language is not English you will need to show evidence that you meet our English language requirements:

  • IELTS: (Academic): 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each section
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • CAE (before January 2015): 65, with 'Good' in Writing
  • CPE (before January 2015): C
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

If you have any queries, please email biol-pg-admissions@york.ac.uk


Applications for our MSc in Molecular Medicine are made via "Select" (our University's Online Application Service). Your application can be completed in stages as our online system allows you to save your progress and come back later to finish it. We do not require you to provide a sample of written work.

Deadline for receipt of applications

Tier 4 students: 15 July 2017

UK/EU students: 31 August 2017


Course start date: Monday 25th September 2017

Duration: 12 months, full-time only




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