Diploma in Molecular Medicine

Trinity College Dublin

Program Description
EFMD Equis Accredited

Diploma in Molecular Medicine

Trinity College Dublin

Diploma in Molecular Medicine

Molecular Medicine is set to play an increasingly important role in the practice of medicine and research in the biological, medical and pharmaceutical/life science arenas and this will have broad ramifications on society and the economy. These require significant infrastructural capacity, key among these being trained personnel. Individuals conversant with key developments in Molecular Medicine will be required in the clinical, research and industrial arenas. Biotech companies need a cadre of individuals trained to the highest degree in the life sciences at all levels of management. So too will individuals who wish to undertake entrepreneurial business developments. The issue of adequate training of personnel in science is a national concern that our programmes in Molecular Medicine seek to address.

Like the MSc this can be held over a one year full time or two year part time basis. The Diploma offers a comprehensive and contemporary overview of the area, given by experts in their fields and provides students with the knowledge to evaluate the literature and perform independent research.

The postgraduate Diploma has the same high standards of the MSc. but does not require a commitment of three months full time laboratory work. This makes it ideal for candidates in established careers with limited available time.


The Diploma in Molecular Medicine intends to provide the student with an understanding of:

  • Basic cellular and molecular biology
  • The integration of Molecular and Cellular Biology in relation to human disease
  • The human genome at a Molecular Level
  • The Utilization of knowledge on the molecular basis of human disease in planning and design of novel therapies
  • The molecular Basis of human genetic disease

In addition we will provide a platform in which students can choose from a number of specialised topics including:

  • Technologies employed in human molecular genetics
  • The molecular basis of common human malignancies
  • The ethical and legal aspects of molecular medicine as it impinges on clinical practice
  • Infectious agents, biological and clinical implications


Students will select a total of twelve units of lectures from a broad selection of options at core and advanced levels. They will choose a minimum of four units of basic courses and six units from advanced courses with two other units chosen from either advanced or basics modules. A selection of other units will be offered on an optional basis. The will complete a minimum of 100 contact hours during the course of the Programme. The will also complete a review of a chosen topic with the field of Molecular Medicine.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma Programme may transfer to the Masters Programme subject to availablity.

Course Aims

Institute of Molecular Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland This Molecular Medicine course sets out to provide the applicant with a thorough understanding of:

  • The human genome at a molecular level
  • The integration of molecular and cellular biology in relation to human diseases
  • The molecular basis of human genetic disease
  • The molecular interactions between microbiological pathogens and the human host
  • The technology currently employed in molecular genetics and cell biology
  • The interaction between such technology and current clinical practice
  • The molecular basis of common human malignancies
  • The utilisation of knowledge on the molecular basis of human disease in planning and design of novel therapies, using phamacological agents or gene therapy
  • The ethical and legal aspects of molecular medicine as it impinges on clinical practice
  • A working appreciation of molecular and cellular biology at the practical level and development of the ability to perform independent research
  • The ability to apply bioinformatic and computational techniques in medical and biological research, and information retrieval

On completion of the course, each candidate will have a considerable knowledge and understanding of the above topics and will have critically reviewed the current relevant literature with the submission of a literature review.

Course Outline

Institute of Molecular Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland In order to ensure maximum flexibility and to accommodate candidates from different disciplines, the course is being offered in a 1 year format from the middle of September to the beginning of July. The majority of lectures are given on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week and occasionally on other days.

Term 1:

  • Diploma students can choose modules from an intensive lecture timetable schedule which will take place all day on Wednesdays and Thursdays and half day on Tuesday. There may be additional lectures on Fridays and Mondays throughout the term
  • It will also include an optional week-long practical course (Molecular Biology) normally run in October
  • Exams will be held in the final week of term

Term 2:

  • This term continues with a significent lecture schedule
  • It will also include an optional week long practical course(Cell Biology) normally run in January
  • Exams held in final week of term
  • Each candidate will work on a literature review in an areas of Molecular Medicine to be submitted in June of every year.


Applications are invited from individuals with a primary degree in Biology, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary and pharmaceutical sciences. Applicants with other scientific qualifications may be considered. Those with a science degree must have achieved at least a II-1 honours degree or its equivalent.

Primary Closing date for Applications: May 31st 2017.

Relevant applications may be accepted after the primary deadline, however places are subject to availability.

Non-EU applicants should be aware that processing visa applications can in some cases be a lengthy procedure - apply early where practicable.

Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in this language through one of the well-established international standard tests: Examinations Minimum Level Required IELTS Grade 6.5 TOEFL 230 – computer based 570 – paper based 88 – internet based Cambridge Certificate Grade C of Advanced English Cambridge Certificate Grade C of Proficiency in English Pearson Vue English Minimum score of 63 to be Language Test eligible (with no section score below 59)

Please note that these are the only forms of English Language Certification that we accept.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 24, 2017
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1 - 2 years
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Ireland - Dublin
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