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 2018/9

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 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 module builds upon Frontiers in Molecular Medicine I. You'll study important questions in Molecular Medicine, health and disease during problem based learning sessions. You'll learn to understand and critically evaluate primary literature. This will help you to gain important skills for medical research, along with understanding the physiological and methodological background to address unresolved questions. You'll also learn how to work as a team and thereby gain leadership knowledge and learn how to efficiently communicate. Working in teams, you'll practise dissecting and understanding primary literature dealing with molecular mechanisms of disease. Each week you'll discuss one paper/question/problem. Teams will meet three times a week. The first meeting will present the paper/question/problem and a chair for the week will be identified. The chair will allocate specific tasks to team members. The second meeting will continue the discussion and the third meeting will resolve the problem leading to a conclusion. You'll be assessed through weekly group summaries (20%), one individual summary (25%), one unknown case report (30%) and how actively you participate to resolve the case (25%). On completion of this module you'll be able to find, read and dissect primary literature and have deepened your knowledge of the tissues and methods discussed. You'll also acquire management and organisational skills through acting as a Chair or Scribe during the weekly sessions and you'll learn how to efficiently work as a team.




This module provides a Master's level introduction to the structure and function of DNA and its inheritance in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. You will be introduced 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.




You will discuss use 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.




This is a compulsory module for the MSc in Molecular Medicine. You will learn and gain practical experience in experimental techniques widely used in Molecular Medicine, including mammalian cell culture, gel electrophoresis, Western blotting, transfection of cells with GFP-protein constructs, microscope imaging, live cell imaging and RT-PCR.




In this module, you will carry out experiments, analyse data and critically assess formulated hypotheses in light of your findings. You will carry out individual work with the guidance of a UEA or associated institute supervisor. This is a compulsory and restricted research project for MSc Molecular Medicine.




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 (BIO-7023Y). 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. This module is for Molecular Medicine students.




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.

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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.



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.

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

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