Research course

Cell and molecular biomedicine

Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) or an appropriate first degree and postgraduate qualification

Months of entry


Course content

Our research focuses on the molecular and cellular processes underlying health, ageing and disease. We have a particular focus on diseases that have a significant impact on society. Our aim is to identify both novel therapeutic targets and innovative therapeutic agents for these conditions.

Key themes of our research include:

  • Cardiovascular disorders, including those affecting the cerebrovascular network such as multiple sclerosis and stroke, and those affecting the heart such as cardiac arrhythmias
  • Anti-cancer therapies
  • Mechanisms underlying ageing at the organismal and cellular level
  • Nervous system tissue engineering and culture modelling
  • Appetite and reproductive physiology
  • Interactions between immune and adipose cells.
Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

Calcium signalling in cardiac myocytes Identification of nucleic acid aptamers for drug delivery into the central nervous system Elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying idiopathic intracranial hypertension Identification of molecular pathways of Parkinson’s disease

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months
part time
24 months


distance learning
variable months
full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Administrative support
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