MSc Molecular Medicine


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Key facts

(2014 Research Excellence Framework)

You aspire to be at the forefront of modern medicine. You’re inspired by the major 21st century advances in genomics to help us understand disease at the cellular level. And you’re passionate about how this is opening up new ways to treat and cure major illnesses.

On this fascinating MSc Molecular Medicine, you’ll study genetics, biotechnology and molecular medicine and prepare for a fulfilling career in medical research, the pharmaceutical industry or the health services.

Choosing this course will enable you to be part of this rapidly growing discipline that is of increasing importance 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, mean that diseases can now be studied at the cellular and molecular level. This work will help to understand diseases, to develop treatments and possibly, in the future, cures.

Our MSc in Molecular Medicine draws upon the world-renowned strength of research in biomedical sciences at UEA and 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 on Norwich Research Park. 100% of our research environment was rated world leading and internationally excellent at the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) for Biological Sciences.

Course Structure

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, laboratory working 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 I and II 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.

In Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics you’ll get a Master’s level introduction to the structure and function of DNA, genomes and the role of bioinformatics – giving you a foundation of knowledge for some of the other modules.

The Medical Biotechnology module gives you the chance to discuss the use of molecular medicine and biotechnology in host:pathogen interaction research as well as in current clinical settings.

You’ll gain hands on practical experience in Modern Experimental Techniques in Molecular Medicine, such as mammalian cell culture, gel electrophoresis, Western blotting, transfection of cells with GFP-protein constructs, microscope imagine, live cell imaging and RT-PCR.

Through Research Skills for Molecular Medicine you’ll develop useful transferable skills to support your learning and career development, such as scientific writing, science communication and engagement and ethics.

This will particularly support you in carrying out your major research project in your chosen topic, where you’ll demonstrate your learning and research skills.

Teaching and Learning

Many of your lecturers will be internationally recognised researchers in their area, and with research-led taught units you will benefit from learning at the cutting-edge of the discipline.

You’ll learn through face-to-face lectures, workshops, problem-based learning sessions and hands on experiments in our modern biomedical laboratories.

Independent study

Throughout the programme you will 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 will provide 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. In preparation for the research project you’ll prepare an depth proposal 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, laboratory reports, coursework assignments, presentations and problem-based learning sessions. In addition, you’ll complete a research project, which you’ll submit to us as a formal bound dissertation. This will be assessed by an external as well as an internal examination.

After the course

After the course you’ll be well placed to join the important work that is 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.

Career destinations

Examples of careers that you could enter include;

  • PhD study and academia
  • Medical research
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Blood technician
  • Health service
  • Scientist

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 180 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module will involve both reading and summarising set research papers and attending microbiology research seminars on the Norwich Research Park. You will be exposed to world-leading advances in microbiology and will summarise the main points for a general scientist audience either in a series of short written articles and orally in two hour weekly seminars hosted by the module organiser. At the end of this module you will be able to understand primary research from papers or talks and be able to present this to a general audience. You will also be able to think critically and imaginatively about your own research project and contribute ideas for taking it forward.




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 module will help you to understand human diseases at the molecular and cellular level throughout the body. You'll gain knowledge of the normal tissue function in question and how it changes in disease. You'll also learn how research can identify molecular mechanisms underlying the diseases and lead to the design of tools for disease diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention. You'll benefit from world-renowned experts in their field across the Norwich Research Park. You'll learn about the usefulness of model organisms in research and become an expert in the gut, the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system. Up-to-date knowledge on infection, ion channels and metabolism will complement and link the body system. A substantial part of the module is dedicated to stem cells and their risk and potential as therapeutic target. You'll be assessed through an essay (30%) and a course test (70%) On successful completion of this module, you'll have a solid background on the structure and function of various organ systems, associated diseases and get insight how disease mechanisms are identified in translational research. This will be transferable into your future career as a PhD student or medical-related work setting.




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-7041Y which involves the formulation of hypotheses and the design of experiments. Students will develop practical experience and understanding of the techniques used in Molecular Medicine that are important for researchers and clinicians, focussing on approaches widely used in Molecular Medicine, including those from molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, chemical biology and developmental biology. 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 aims to provide you with useful transferable skills to assist with your learning and career development, including: - scientific writing - the use of presentation software and IT-based resources - science communication and engagement; and - knowledge transfer and ethics for bio scientists. Good literary and communication skills are valuable in long-term scientific careers. You will practice a variety of skills in a non-intimidating environment, helping you to develop your 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 module will also provide training in research skills relevant to Molecular Medicine students, especially in relation to the Research Project (7042X). After an initial discussion with your supervisor(s) to outline the project, you will read the background literature. You will then be 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.

Further Reading

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Life or Physical Sciences
  • Degree Classification Bachelors 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 5.5 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 58 (minimum 42 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 the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £8,850 (full time)
  • International Students: £19,800 (full time)


Living Expenses

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



A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK/EU and International students. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Please click here for more detailed information about funding for prospective students.

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.

Further Information

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.

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