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Molecular Medicine MSc

Subject area: Biomedical Sciences

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Mode of study

1-year full-time; 2-year part-time

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Molecular Medicine MSc


Please note the application deadline for this course is Friday 25th August 2017. Any applications after this date will be considered on an individual basis, subject to course vacancies.

Postgraduate Loans: From 1 August 2016, students who live in England will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan in academic year 2016/17 of up to £10,000. Find out more

About the course

The course aims to provide you with specialist theoretical and practical knowledge and experience of cellular, molecular biology and genetics, and their application to the study of a variety of human diseases.

The programme will focus on developing research skills and is designed to enable you to develop the ability to become an independent and creative scientist.


Through our enthusiastic, innovative and research-driven approach, the teaching on this course reflects the fast changing nature of biomedical research – with specific emphasis to human genome and molecular medicine.


Dr Uday Kishore
Tel: +44 (0)1895 266362

Course Content

The course is offered on a one-year full-time basis, taught over three terms, or on a two year part-time basis, taught over six terms. You will complete six modules in total. Four modules will each be taught over a two-week period in a ‘block’ mode.

These taught modules will not run concurrently allowing you to focus on one module at a time and will help promote better time management skills. All lecture material will be available via Vista and will be accessible from your home computer.

You will study a Research Planning module to develop skills required for your dissertation. You will then take a unique Research Dissertation module over a 9 month (full-time) or 18 month (part-time) period, to allow you to conduct a detailed investigation into a research question of your choice. If in full-time employment, and attending the course on part-time mode, it may be possible to conduct the research dissertation at the workplace.

Typical Modules (all compulsory)

Research Planning (15 credits)*

This module aims to develop knowledge and critical awareness of various research methods and appropriate methods of data analysis. You will enhance your skills of designing and evaluating research studies and data presentation.

Clinical Cytogenetics (15 credits)*

This module will teach up-to-date practical technologies, methodologies and skills used in clinical cytogenetic laboratories.

Main topics of study: the technologies and methodologies used in modern cytogenetics and their application in clinical diagnosis; problem solving within FISH methodology; analysis and interpretation of digital images; presentation of clinical data; working effectively in groups using good laboratory practice.

Genomic Technologies (15 credits)*

This module aims to provide an understanding of the modern biotechnology in both genomics and proteomics, especially the application of microarray technology.

Main topics of study: general knowledge of genomic and proteomic technology; microarrary technology; transgenic technology; drug discovery technology; RNA interference technology.

Genomic and Molecular Medicine (30 credits)*

This module will introduce you to the principles of translating the knowledge generated through the human genome project into clinical practice.

Main topics of study: organization of the human genome: recent advances; Hap-Map project; genome wide association studies (GWAS); specific examples of recent use of GWAS to study human diseases; exploring molecular mechanisms of human genetic disease arising as a result of dysfunctional DNA damage responses; mouse models of human diseases resulting from dysfunctional DNA damage responses; telomere maintenance and human disease; mouse genome project; principles of gene therapy.

Molecular Mechanisms of Human Disease (30 credits)*

This module aims to provide an understanding of the principles and current knowledge of the signalling pathways that are misregulated in a variety of human diseases. Attention will be given to how knowledge of these signalling pathways and their targets can be used in therapeutic intervention in human disease.

Main topics of study: signalling pathways resulting from activation of membrane, intracellular or nuclear receptors including G-Protein coupled receptor signalling; Wnt signalling; JAK/STAT signalling and cytokine signalling; steroid signalling.

Research Dissertation (75 credits)

The dissertation allows you to undertake an in-depth study from a choice of research topics and will normally be associated with a number of research groups within Biosciences led by international experts in the field.

*These modules are also available as CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. To find out more information and to apply, please click here.

Course Structure

Full Time

Autumn termCreditsSpring termCredits

Research Planning


Research Dissertation


Genome and Molecular Medicine


Clinical Cytogenetics


Genomic Technologies


Molecular Mechanisms of Human Disease


Part Time Level 1

Autumn termCreditsSpring termCredits

Research Planning


Research Dissertation (start research dissertation)


Genome and Molecular Medicine


Clinical Cytogenetics


Part Time Level 2

Autumn termCreditsSpring termCredits

Genomic Technologies


Molecular Mechanisms of Human Disease


Complete Research Dissertation

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

  • Through an enthusiastic, innovative and research-driven approach, our teaching will reflect the fast changing nature of the biomedical research (with specific emphasis to human genome, molecular medicine and cancer research).
  • Brunel University London is research led and students attending either course will have the opportunity to conduct a 9-month research dissertation as a part of the MSc course.
  • Students will be given a choice of research topics and will be normally associated with one of the research centres within Biosciences.

Teaching and Assessment


The course is structured around a programme of lectures, seminars, practical classes, directed reading and coursework. You will be assessed by written examination and coursework, laboratory reports, oral and poster presentation and dissertation thesis writing.

A master’s degree is awarded if you reach the necessary standard on the taught part of the course and submit a dissertation of the required standard. The pass grade for all modules and the dissertation is 50%.

A master’s degree requires 180 credits, of which 75 are accounted for by the dissertation. A Graduate or Postgraduate Certificate can be awarded if between 60 and105 credits are gained in the taught part of the course. The name of the certificate will be determined by the actual grades achieved.



Our graduates will be highly skilled in a variety of research methodologies and will be equipped for a range of career opportunities. These could include health-related professions; pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries, PhD study or research assistantships in cancer and genomic research.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2017/18 entry

UK/EU students: £8,500 full-time; £4,250 part-time

International students: £17,500 full-time; £8,750 part-time

Additional course related costs

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • A recent UK first or second class Honours degree in the field of Biosciences.
  • Other qualifications including equivalent internationally recognised qualification or relevant experience from health professionals (eg doctors; nurses; MLSOs) will be assessed on an individual basis and a request for completion of an online biological test in molecular and cell biology may be required.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.