This programme aims to provide participants with an in-depth
understanding of the emerging field of molecular medicine,
which draws together developments in molecular and cellular
biology to describe disease processes at a functional level -
that is, at the level of molecular interactions. The Diploma in
Molecular Medicine is designed to make available a high quality
course to those individuals who cannot avail of a full-time
programme, due to the high demands it makes on a candidate’s
time. The diploma may therefore be an attractive option for,
among others, people working in business, clinical industry, or
other disciplines, who wish to gain a comprehensive knowledge
in this area with a view to progressing professionally, or going on
to do a higher degree.
This programme offers a comprehensive and thoroughly
up-to-date overview of the area, which provides participants
with the skills necessary to critically evaluate the literature and
understand the central concepts of molecular medicine, such
as the molecular basis of human disease and its implications for
the practice of clinical medicine and research in the life sciences.
The course includes lectures on cellular biology and molecular
genetics as they apply generally to normal cell and tissue
function and to disease processes. Advanced modules cover
topics such as molecular oncology, signalling, development and
therapeutics, immunology and infectious agents among others.
A selection of modules on issues such as bioinformatics, research
methodology, statistics and ethicallegal aspects of the discipline
may be undertaken on an optional basis.
Students choose a minimum of 10 units totalling a minimum of
one hundred contact hours teaching. Students are also required
to complete a written review of a relevant part of the literature.
Students are examined on the basis of the submitted critical
literature review essay, and written examinations of the modules
taken. Examinations are undertaken at the end of each term.
Candidates should normally have a minimum of a 2.1 honours
degree or equivalent in a biological science; a clinical science such
as medicine, dentistry or veterinary; a pharmaceutical science
such as pharmacy, or related area. However individuals with other
appropriate or industrial experience (for example those working
in the life sciences sector) will also be considered. The candidate
may be interviewed to establish his/her suitability for the course.
Information for international students