Taught course

Molecular Pathology

The University of Manchester · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

We require an undergraduate degree (normally an Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in a relevant biomedical subject, including medicine and nursing. Flexibility on entrance requirements will be applied to candidates with proven appropriate extensive professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Our flexible, blended MSc Molecular Pathology course will enable you to take advantage of growing opportunities within this field, which is critically important for translational medicine, both in cancer and non-cancer diseases.

The number of academic pathologists trained in molecular pathology has steadily declined over the past 20 years. As such, it has been identified as an area requiring support and development by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Royal College of Pathologists, creating careers opportunities for students and professionals alike.

Our master's course is aimed at medical students, biomedical scientists, medical practitioners and trainee pathologists who want to learn more about molecular pathology. Trainee pathologists can take our course as part of an existing training programme.

You will benefit from a unique focus on the molecular analysis of tissue samples and take optional units in various areas of laboratory medicine and emerging diagnostic methods, such as proteomics and chemical pathology.

Students will also become part of Manchester's world leading precision medicine research community, learning practical skills that will be directly applicable to this emerging field.

In addition, you will benefit from our association with the network of MRC and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funded Molecular Pathology nodes, which have been partly established to train more scientists to work in this field. This will enable you to connect with colleagues and related opportunities across the UK.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing. This must be completed within two years of starting the course.

Fees and funding

There are four MRC studentships available for September 2018 entry. The closing date is 30 June 2018 .

To be eligible for the studentship you must be:

  • a UK/EU national
  • a resident in the EU.

Competition for these studentships is extremely high, so please ensure you submit your online application in time.

The MRC studentships provide full tuition fees for the MSc course. They will be awarded according to your academic record and professional experience. You may be invited to interview.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-48 months


part time
18-24 months


part time
12-18 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5220