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

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.




This is a compulsory module for the MSc in Molecular Medicine. 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.




This is a compulsory module for the MSc in Molecular Medicine. The aim of this module will be to build upon the knowledge gained in BIO-7017A Frontiers in Molecular Medicine I to understand problems in health and disease in the modern age. The module will involve problem based learning sessions looking at important questions in Molecular Medicine and health and disease. Working in groups and using the problem-based approach, the student will practise reading, dissecting and understanding primary literature dealing with the molecular mechanisms of disease. Being able to understand and critically evaluate the primary literature are important skills for medical researchers. Equally important is to understand the physiological and methodological background to further suggest experiments that can address open unresolved questions. This module will aid these skills. In each week one set paper/question/problem will be discussed. The students will meet with their PBL group three times a week. The first meeting will begin with presentation of the paper/question/problem. The second will deal with continuing discussion of the problem. The third session will conclude with the resolving of the question and may include presentations of the knowledge gained.




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 is a compulsory module for MSc in 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 in the future see treatments based on genetic abnormalities rather than symptoms. In this module we will discuss the use of molecular medicine and biotechnology in host:pathogen interaction research as well as in the current clinical setting. Where appropriate, successful case histories will be discussed. On successful completion of the module the student will have gained a knowledge of host-pathogen interactions and the implications of antimicrobial resistance, knowledge of cutting edge techniques used in this field and knowledge of 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 students enrolled on the M.Sc. in Molecular Medicine. The aim of this module is to provide students with a number of useful transferable skills to assist their learning and career development including: scientific writing, the use of presentation software, the utilisation of IT-based resources, science communication and engagement, knowledge transfer and ethics for bioscientists. Background: All scientists need good literary and communication skills, and these abilities are valuable in long-term scientific careers. This module gives students opportunities to practice a variety of transferable skills in a non-intimidatory environment. The module will assist students to develop their CV and gain experience of applying for jobs that build on their scientific knowledge. The module will also consider the increasing importance of how scientists interact with different audiences, including the media and non-specialists.




This is a compulsory and restricted module for the MSc in Molecular Medicine. The project involves individual work carried out by the student under the supervision of a member of UEA faculty or one of the staff of an associated institute. The research project is often one of the most enjoyable and useful experiences in a student's science training. The module is intimately linked with BIO-7020B (Research Skills for Molecular Medicine), which involves the formulation of hypotheses and the design of experiments to test them. In this module the students will carry out the experiments, analyse the data generated and critically assess the formulated hypotheses in light of their findings. At the end of the module, the students will write a dissertation and present their results to the rest of the group.




The aim of this module is to provide training in research skills relevant to students of Molecular Medicine, especially in relation to their Research Project (BIO-7023Y). This is a compulsory module of the MSc on Molecular Medicine. The intention of the BIO-7020B Research Skills module is that students plan their projects. After an initial discussion with their supervisor(s) in which the project is outlined students read the background literature. They are then required to write a 3000-word document that incorporates 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. 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 2017/8:

  • Home/EU:

     Full-time £8,300

  • Overseas:

      Full-time £18,200



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.

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