Taught course

Molecular Biology

Coventry University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Your undergraduate degree should be an Honours degree in a bioscience or biological chemistry, and students will normally have achieved a 2:2 or above, or an equivalent appropriate qualification. We would expect to see a significant selection of these modules in the final year of the undergraduate degree programme: molecular biology (eg recombinant DNA), biochemistry, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, molecular genetics, molecular biotechnology. Students whose first language is not English are normally required to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, with no lower than 5.5 in any component, or equivalent. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Months of entry


Course content


Molecular biology is a key area underpinning modern biology in the post-genomic era. The science of molecular biology analyses the structure and function of organisms – viral, microbial and eukaryotic – at a molecular level. The structure and function of nucleic acids, genes, proteins and cell-signalling molecules are also analysed by molecular biology. Molecular biology techniques can be used to investigate errors in cellular systems that are fundamental to an advanced understanding of disease aetiology. In addition, innovations in molecular biology permit sophisticated modification of organisms, and manipulation of their functions, to permit the production of novel products and the development of novel therapeutic technologies. The burgeoning global bioscience sector creates a continuing demand for the education of scientists at postgraduate level skilled in molecular biology.

Why choose this course?

This course is intended for life science graduates from both home and overseas courses who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in biosciences with an emphasis on molecular biology. The aim of the course is to produce scientists who will be able to contribute to a range of careers including academic, commercial, industrial and healthcare applications of molecular biology. This course is also an excellent foundation for those wishing to pursue research in molecular biology at PhD level.

You will have the opportunity to study a broad range of Molecular Biology at a theoretical and a practical level. You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of molecular biology techniques. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of transferrable and research skills that will develop your knowledge and enhance your employment potential.

What will I learn?

The course is focused on the key elements of molecular biology and comprises modules on the following topics:

  • Genomes and DNA technology;
  • Cell culture and antibody technology;
  • Mammalian cell and molecular biology;
  • Molecular microbiology;
  • Molecular biology of disease.

The course will also comprise a research skills module. In addition, a research project forms part of the MSc course.

Information for international students

Please contact our International/EU Office

Telephone: +44(0)24 7615 2152

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office
024 7765 4321