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MSc Molecular Medicine

Discover how molecular science can help in the fight against disease

Year of entry: 2020

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

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Molecular medicine allows us to understand how the body functions and how diseases progress at a cellular and molecular level. With this knowledge, we have the key to better diagnoses, specialised treatments and future cures.

With personalised medicine, stem cells and the prospect of gene editing at the forefront of healthcare research, it has never been more exciting to be a biomedical scientist.

This MSc combines cutting-edge theory with the practical, applied skills you'll need to become an effective researcher or industry specialist. Our teaching draws directly from our research, meaning you'll be working with academics who are leading in the field. You'll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities in the York Biomedical Research Institute and expertise spanning several areas relevant to molecular medicine, including cancer, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience and parasitology.

This course is an ideal next step for students with a BSc who are interested in pursuing a career in research or industry.

Course content

You will complete 180 credits over the year, including 40 credits of research-led taught modules, and 50 credits of valuable skills training which will prepare you for the 90 credit Independent Study Module in which you will carry out a laboratory research project.

Modules

Compulsory modules

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

You will complete an independent study project (90 credits) during the Summer Term, which is designed to give you experience in managing and completing a project in a cutting-edge research context. 

This is an opportunity to further develop and apply your skills to a current research question, and specialise in a particular area or research technique​. 

Most students choose to complete a project in collaboration with an academic supervisor within the University, but you may opt to complete this project as an external placement.

You will have full access to our dedicated Masters workspace whilst completing your project.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Construct critical evaluations and summaries of scientific literature that demonstrate a deep understanding of the concepts and approaches at the forefront of research in Molecular Medicine.
  • Competently undertake the design of experiments for the collection, analysis and modelling of data, and carry out research tasks in Molecular Medicine with autonomy and independence.
  • Evaluate state-of-the-art experimental and analytical approaches in Molecular Medicine, drawing upon first-hand practical experience working in research laboratories.
  • Work with a minimum of guidance and supervision as an individual, team member or leader in collaborative groups, and use their initiative and originality to investigate the underpinning of molecular mechanisms, to enable the prevention, diagnosis, intervention and treatment of disease.
  • Produce written, oral and other academic communications, thoroughly evaluating the impact of Molecular Medicine in real-world and global health issues, and reporting to a variety of audiences with clarity and precision.
  • Apply their technical expertise, practical experience and other transferable skills to a wide range of working environments including research laboratories, industries and enterprises relating to Molecular Medicine.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2020/21

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year) £9,010£22,720

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Additional costs

You may choose to purchase your lab coat, safety goggles and other personal protective equipment (PPE), but there are usually second-hand options available. You may wish to buy any textbooks used in your modules, although this is not compulsory.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and group work. You'll have the opportunity to work closely with academics, who will present a problem and demonstrate how their research may provide a solution. This will allow you to gain in-depth knowledge of current research and developments in the field.

Teaching location

The Department of Biology is located on Campus West - nearly all of your teaching will take place within the Department. The majority of departments, colleges and facilities are based nearby.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:

  • written reports
  • data analysis reports
  • oral presentations
  • group project work
  • poster presentations

Your research project will be 50% of your final mark.

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Student in lab coat

Careers and skills

This course is an essential step into biomedical research or the pharmaceutical or healthcare industry for students with a BSc in the biosciences. Around half of our students will pursue further study, while the other half go into industry.

Career opportunities

You may go on to work in:

  • pharmaceutical companies
  • medical research
  • clinical trials
  • healthcare

Transferable skills

You will develop the following transferable skills:

  • critical thinking
  • data interpretation
  • statistics
  • programming
  • written, oral and graphical presentation of scientific data and ideas

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent in bioscience. We also consider applicants who have a 2:2 degree with substantial industry experience. If you have completed an integrated Masters, this course is not suitable for you.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, minimum 55 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 169 in each component
TOEFL 87, minimum 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all requirements

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

If you are an international student please check the minimum requirements for your country or region.

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