Taught course

Molecular Medicine (Clinical Applications)

University of Sheffield · Department of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in medicine equivalent to a UK MBChB.

Months of entry


Course content

This intense course focuses on the molecular and genetic factors of human diseases. Understanding those factors is crucial to the development of therapies.

After you've completed the non-clinical elements of the MSc in Molecular Medicine, you’ll spend 20 weeks with a clinical team, working on a particular health or disease area.

You could work primarily with either a clinical research team or a clinical practice team – depending on your preferred choice and the availability of attachments.

The course will give you a critical understanding of how molecular medicine is being applied to real problems in a particular clinical area. It is assessed mainly through written coursework and dissertations.

Core modules

  • From Genome to Gene Function
  • Human Gene Bioinformatics
  • Human Disease Genetics
  • Modulating Immunity
  • Literature Review
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Clinical Attachment Presentation Module

Examples of optional modules

A wide choice of pathways (related to the field of your clinical attachment) which includes:

  • Virulence Mechanisms of Viruses and Fungi (Microbes and Infection)
  • Molecular and Cellular Basis of Diseases (Experimental Medicine)
  • Vascular Cell Biology (Cardiovasular)
  • The Molecular Basis of Tumorigenesis and Metastasis (Cancer)
  • Modelling Protein Interactions (Genetic Mechanisms)

Special options for the clinical attachment are:

  • Clinical Attachment
  • Clinical Research Project


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Clinical Attachment


  • Essays
  • Portfolio work
  • One Statistic Exam
  • Dissertation

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7 with a minimum of 7 in listening and 6.5 in all other components.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Paul Collini
+44 (0)114 271 3517