Molecular Medicine

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2018
Campus: Hammersmith
ECTS: 90 credits

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Overview

This course is designed to appeal to both clinical and basic scientists, and provides a comprehensive, theoretical and practical training using state-of-the-art techniques in molecular and cellular biology as applied to medicine.

The practice of clinical medicine is currently being revolutionised by rapid and extraordinary technological advances in molecular biology in areas such as gene discovery, cancer, inherited diseases and gene therapy.

Designed to appeal to both clinical and basic scientists, this degree provides a comprehensive, theoretical and practical training using state-of-the-art techniques in molecular and cellular biology as applied to medicine.

Study programme

The MSc Molecular Medicine is a full-time (12 month) course, starting in October.  The course is organised as follows:

  • October – February: 5-month taught section (based at Hammersmith Campus)
  • March – September: 6-month laboratory-based research project (at any Imperial College campus, depending on the project)

Careers

Our MSc in Molecular Medicine provides excellent training for clinical and science graduates looking to pursue further research (including PhD study) and also those interested in a career in industry, clinical service or a related discipline.

The course is designed to appeal to both basic and clinical scientists, and will provide basic training for those wishing to pursue a career in scientific medical research.

The skills acquired by graduates of this course are well-suited to careers in industry, clinical service or related disciplines.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Taught modules

The initial 5-month taught section will concentrate on basic leading to advanced concepts of molecular and cellular biology, beginning with Molecular and Cellular Systems. The scientific topics covered include:

  • Chromatin Structure and Gene Regulation
  • DNA Replication and Genomic Stability
  • Cell Surface Receptor Signalling
  • Recombinant DNA Technologies
  • Genomic Imprinting
  • Regulation of Coagulation
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Vaccines and Immunisation
  • Complement System in Health and in Disease
  • Molecular Embryology
  • Regulation of Endothelial Cell Function

The second part of the taught component will look at Disease systems. It is not intended to comprehensively cover all aspects of the diseases mentioned but rather to concentrate on the application of molecular biology to the discovery, diagnosis and management, and also to concentrate on areas of expertise at Hammersmith and Imperial. The scientific topics covered include:

  • Genetics of Obesity and Appetite Regulation
  • Genetic causes of diabetes
  • Genetics of Cleft Lip or Palate
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Hereditary Haemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT)
  • Sepsis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Influenza
  • Oncogenic Herpes Viruses
  • Coagulation Disorders
  • Breast Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Lung Cancer Biology
  • Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy
  • Gene Therapy for Muscular Dystrophy
  • Alopecia Areata

All lectures are given by scientists actively engaged in their respective research field.

Research project

Mini Research Project

You complete a mini research project to equip you with the skills and understanding required to complete the six-month research project. The mini research project is taken over two and a half weeks, either in pairs or groups of three, providing experience of a hands-on approach to experimental work.

In a set frame of scientific theme and of available samples, equipment and reagents, you first define your working hypothesis. You subsequently answer your framed scientific questions by researching and developing the most adapted protocols, performing all the experimental work, computing and critically analysing your own data.

The mini research project will be undertaken in dedicated teaching laboratories at the Hammersmith Campus.

Six-month Laboratory Research Project

You complete your six-month research project in the Faculty of Medicine at Hammersmith, St Mary's, Charing Cross or South Kensington campuses (subject to approval).

Each student will be assigned a research project and will be selectedon the basis that you can reasonably be expected to make an original contribution to the chosen area of research within the time period allotted.

You are provided with training in academic research and acquisition of practical skills, including the design of a research project, planning of experiments, dealing with practical problems, recording, presenting and analysing data. Time will be allocated towards the end of the project period to write a report of 10,000 words.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • 4 week Mini-Research Project
  • 6 month Laboratory Based Research Project
  • Class tutorials
  • Computer Data Analysis Sessions
  • Group Revision Sessions
  • Group Work Sessions
  • Formative assessment on Blackboard
  • Laboratory Teaching
  • Lectures and keynote Lectures
  • Online tutorials on Blackboard 
  • Small Group Tutorials

Assessment methods

  • Data interpretation exercises
  • Research paper critique
  • Viva voce
  • Written examinations
  • Written Research Thesis Report

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
£10,600

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
£32,500

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.2 UK Honour's degree in biological science, medicine or veterinary science.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply early. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Contact us

Medicine

Got a question?

Celeste Miles – Course Administrator
T: +44 (0)20 3313 8282
E: celeste.miles@imperial.ac.uk

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