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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 7.69k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 23.3k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health
    Enhance your career with a diploma or masters in a specialist field. Our courses are backed by world-class interdisciplinary research.

    About the course
    1 year full time/2 years part time

    Lead academic: Dr Martin Nicklin

    Through this flexible course you'll develop an understanding of the underlying molecular and genetic factors in human diseases and their current and potential treatment. You can choose a subject pathway based on your interests.

    You'll get experience in planning, carrying out, recording and reporting research. Your project will be hypothesis-driven, laboratory-based research in the field of molecular medicine. Your skills and expertise in reading, writing and interpreting scientific literature will be useful in a variety of careers.

    Our study environment
    You'll be based in teaching hospitals that serve a population of over half a million people and refer a further two million. This means your study is rooted in a working medical community, and strongly linked with the Universitys other health-related schools.

    We are awarded research funding from many sources, including the NIHR, MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, the Department of Health, EU, prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, ARC, YRC, Cancer Research UK and BHF. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

    You'll also benefit from our active collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Our MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics has some of the finest research facilities in the UK and attracts annual funding of more than £2m.

    Core modules
    * Principles of Biomedical Research
    * From Genome to Gene Function
    * Modulating Immunity
    * Molecular Genetics of Human Diseases
    * Genome and Sequence Analysis
    * Writing a Critical Review (self-directed)
    * Practical Laboratory Training

    Optional modules
    Genetic pathway

    * Genomics, Proteomics and Informatics
    * Genetics of Host Pathogen Interactions
    * Bioinformatics Online

    Experimental medicine pathway

    * Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease
    * Model Systems in Research
    * Novel Therapies

    Neuroscience pathway

    * Genetics and Modelling of Neurodegenerative Disease
    * Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Disease

    Cancer pathway

    * Molecular Basis of Tumourigenesis and Metatasis
    * Molecular Techniques in Cancer Research
    * Molecular Approaches to Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

    Cardiovascular pathway

    * Vascular Cell Biology
    * Experimental Models of Vascular Disease
    * Vascular Disease Therapy and Clinical Practice

    Pathway-specific project modules
    * Project presentation
    * Laboratory practical project in genetics, experimental medicine or neuroscience

    * Lectures
    * Seminars
    * Tutorials
    * Laboratory demonstrations
    * Computer practicals
    * Student presentations

    * Written assignments
    * Coursework
    * Written examinations
    * Verbal presentations
    * A thesis (possibly with a viva voce) is used to assess the research project

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Entry RequirementsAt least a 2:1 or equivalent in an appropriate biological subject area or subject area related to medicine. Candidates with a 2:2 degree will be accepted in exceptional circumstances. Medical graduates and graduates with recent experience in molecular biology or molecular genetics through work-related training will also be considered. English language requirement: IELTS score of at least 6.5 or equivalent, including a score of at least 6.5 in listening. English Language Requirements CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C)
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