Taught course

Molecular Medicine

University of Essex · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

Lower second class honours degree or equivalent in relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

Molecular medicine is a new and rapidly evolving discipline, which uses the modern life sciences and their methods to study the molecular basis of disease and the use of therapeutic influences to correct pathological alterations. Our overall focus is to equip you with a broad and up-to-date understanding of the molecular and genetic factors that underline human disorders.

Our popular MSc Molecular Medicine gives you the necessary knowledge and skills to compete in the international marketplace, as well as the experience of producing a 12-week research project. Graduates can continue their careers in molecular medicine in hospitals, industry, universities and research institutes, and other parts of the public and private sectors. Our course also provides a solid foundation if you wish to study for your PhD.

Our School of Biological Sciences has an international reputation for our outstanding record of teaching and research. We are a large department with friendly and supportive staff, in our 2010 National Student Satisfaction Survey we were ranked third in the UK for the subject area 'biology and related sciences'.

We have a range of research groups working on important international and national problems using cutting-edge techniques. The quality of our work is reflected in the large number of publications in high profile academic journals, such as Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy USA, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular Cell, Plant Cell, Limnology and Oceanography and Environmental Microbiology. In addition, several of our staff have active leadership roles in learned societies and are editors of leading biological science journals.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Dissertation50 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719