MSc Molecular Medicine


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Study Genetics, Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine in this fascinating MSc that’s perfect for graduates interested in pursuing work in medical research, the pharmaceutical industry and the health services.

Molecular Medicine takes advantage of major 21st century advances in genomics to help us understand the workings of disease at the cellular level, opening up new ways to treat and cure major illnesses.

This rapidly growing discipline is of increasing importance to the future of medical research and this degree gives you the chance to become an expert in the cutting-edge field. We have enormous expertise in biomedical research, with a global reputation for academic excellence and strong links with the major institutes based on Norwich Research Park. Our School of Biological Sciences was also highly rated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework, with 100% of our papers deemed ‘internationally recognised’.


Understanding the 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, mean that diseases can now be studied at the cellular and molecular level. This will help to understand them, to develop treatments and possibly, in the future, cures.

The MSc in Molecular Medicine draws upon the world-renowned strength of research in biomedical sciences at UEA and on the Norwich Research Park. MSc graduate students will obtain skills that are sought in medical research, the pharmaceutical industry or the health services.

Part I of the programme is taught through face to face lectures, workshops, problem based learning sessions and hands on experiments in our modern biomedical laboratories. These modules provide the opportunity to learn skills in data analysis, critical evaluation of data, laboratory working and report writing in Molecular Medicine.

Part II of the programme includes a major research project where the student designs experiments and carries out original research in a chosen topic. The project will provide an invaluable training environment to enhance research skills. It is a substantial piece of individual work drawing on knowledge and understanding gained from the taught modules. In preparation for the research project the student, in consultation with the project supervisor, prepares an in depth proposal drawing on the current literature.

As well as learning fundamental theory, the student will develop valuable transferable skills. The University will support this by providing Personal Development Sessions including presentation skills, employability and time-management.

Assessment is through a combination of formal exams, laboratory reports, coursework assignments, presentations and problem based learning sessions. In addition the research project is submitted as a formal bound dissertation and assessed by external as well as internal examination.

If you would like to learn more about this programme the Course Organiser is happy to receive enquiries. Email

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 180 credits:

Name Code Credits


This is a compulsory and restricted module for students on the MSc in Molecular Medicine. The aim of this module is to provide knowledge of essential skills in data collection, handling, analysis and presentation. Using a combination of lectures and workshop/seminars, the objective is to understand the principles of data collection by modern methods and the various options available for analysis to gain knowledge and insight from such data.




Molecular Medicine lies at the heart of translational research to combat disease. The general aim of this module will be to develop an understanding of Human disease at the molecular and cellular level throughout the body. Lectures will focus on the system in question, the problems and diseases associated with that system and treatments possible with an emphasis on the underlying molecular mechanisms.




Building upon Frontiers in Molecular Medicine I, this module studies important questions in Molecular Medicine, health and disease during problem based learning sessions. Working in groups, students will practise dissecting and understanding primary literature dealing with molecular mechanisms of disease. Understanding and critically evaluating primary literature are important skills for medical researchers, along with understanding the physiological and methodological background to address unresolved questions. Each week one paper/question/problem will be discussed. Groups will meet three times a week. The first meeting will present the paper/question/problem. The second will continue the discussion. The third will resolve it and may include presentations.




This module provides a Master's level introduction to the structure and function of DNA and its inheritance in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. It also includes an introduction to the study of the genomes of model organisms, together with the analysis of gene function and expression. An introduction to the role of bioinformatics in genomics research is also included. This module forms the foundation for more in-depth coverage of these topics later in the academic year.




This module is compulsory for Molecular Medicine students. Medical Biotechnology underpins current approaches in improving diagnostics, drug design, drug delivery and disease monitoring and the evolution of personalized medicine will see future treatments based on genetic abnormalities rather than symptoms. Students will discuss usage of molecular medicine and biotechnology in host:pathogen interaction research as well as in current clinical settings. Where appropriate, successful case histories will be discussed. On successful completion of the module, students will gain knowledge of host:pathogen interactions and the implications of antimicrobial resistance, knowledge of cutting edge techniques and approaches to novel drug and vaccine design.




This is a compulsory module for the MSc in Molecular Medicine. The aim of the module is to develop practical experience and understanding of the techniques used in Molecular Medicine that are important for researchers and clinicians. It will focus on approaches widely used in Molecular Medicine, including those from molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, chemical biology and developmental biology.




This module is for Molecular Medicine students. It aims to provide students with useful transferable skills to assist their learning and career development including: scientific writing, the use of presentation software and IT-based resources, science communication and engagement, knowledge transfer and ethics for bioscientists. Good literary and communication skills are valuable in long-term scientific careers. Students will practice a variety of skills in a non-intimidating environment, helping them to develop their CV and gain experience of applying for jobs building on scientific knowledge. It will consider the increasing importance of interacting with different audiences, including the media and non-specialists.




This is a compulsory and restricted research project for MSc Molecular Medicine. Students carry out individual work with the guidance of a UEA or associated institute supervisor. The research project is often one of the most enjoyable and useful experiences in a student's science training and is linked with BIO-7020B involves the formulation of hypotheses and the design of experiments. In this module students will carry out the experiments, analyse the data and critically assess the formulated hypotheses in light of their findings. Students will then write a dissertation and present their results to the rest of the group.




This module will provide training in research skills relevant to Molecular Medicine students, especially in relation to their Research Project (BIO-7023Y). This is a compulsory module of MSc Molecular Medicine. The intention of this module is that students plan their projects. After an initial discussion with their supervisor(s) to outline the project, students read the background literature. They are then required to write a 3000-word document incorporating a literature review, a statement of hypothesis/hypotheses to be tested, an outline of experiments to be conducted and the expected results. The marking of this is the basis of assessment for the module.




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 and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of 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 or sabbatical leave. 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 endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Life or Physical Sciences
  • Degree Classification Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent)
  • Alternative Qualifications Candidates without a relevant degree but with other experience, such as employment within a biomedical company or relevant research experience, will also be considered.

Students for whom English is a 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: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

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

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:

Tuition fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £8,550
  • International Students: £19,000

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.



50% Final Year Undergraduate Continuation Scholarship

Current final year UEA undergraduate students who gain a First class degree and progress onto a postgraduate course in September 2017 will receive a 50% fee reduction scholarship. Who do not gain a First class degree will be eligible for the 10% UEA Alumni Scholarship outlined below. Terms and conditions apply.

UEA Alumni 10% Scholarship

A scholarship of 10% fee reduction is available to UEA Alumni looking to return for postgraduate study at UEA in September 2017. Terms and conditions apply.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

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If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

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International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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