MSc in Molecular Medicine

Trinity College Dublin

Program Description
EFMD Equis Accredited

MSc in Molecular Medicine

Trinity College Dublin

MSc in Molecular Medicine

There has been an enormous growth in our understanding of how basic biological processes take place at a molecular level in recent years. This has been exemplified most notably by the sequencing of the human genome. These developments are continuing at an explosive pace and with them comes an ever sharper focus on the essential molecular mechanisms underlying the normal functioning of cells, tissues and organisms themselves. Molecular Medicine is a new field that exploits advances in molecular and cellular biology to characterise how normal cellular processes either fail, or are subverted, in disease. Increasingly, medical practitioners, professionals and researchers in the health and life sciences need to be able to understand and evaluate advances in molecular medicine in order to keep abreast with developments in their fields. The M.Sc. in Molecular Medicine programme offers a comprehensive and thoroughly up to date overview of the area, provided by experts in their fields. It will provide participants with the knowledge to evaluate the literature and perform independent research. The programme covers everything from basic science to highly specialised topics, practical work and a research project.

Course Aims

This MSc in Molecular Medicine 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; will have critically reviewed the current relevant literature; and will have the ability to undertake independent scientific investigation.

Course Content

The course aims to provide candidates with a cutting edge overview of the field of Molecular Medicine and provides taught modules on a wide range of subjects. Our lecturers are predominantly research active or clinical scientists who lecture in their areas of expertise and the course content is constantly reviewed and updated - with recent significant additions in the areas of Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics, Glycobiology and Nanomedicine. The course is divided into 11 modules (each 5 ECTs) from which students will select 9 modules, allowing the student to tailor the programme to their individual needs. The Research Skills module (15 ECTs) is mandatory and comprises two separate week-long practical classes in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Bioinformatics, Ethics, Statistics, a Review of the literature and Seminars on Research methodology. The Research Project (30 ECTs) forms a major component of the course and takes place over three months full-time in the laboratory on a novel piece of research (April – July).

Taught Modules

  • Module 1 CBCSM - Cellular Biology and Cell Signalling Mechanisms
  • Module 2 IGD - Introduction to Genetics and Development
  • Module 3 MO - Molecular Oncology
  • Module 4 HG - Human Genetics
  • Module 5 MCI – Molecular and Cellular Immunology
  • Module 6 IABCI – Infectious Agents, Biology and Clinical Implications
  • Module 7 MMHD1 - Molecular Mechanisms of Human Disease I
  • Module 8 MMHD2 - Molecular Mechanisms of Human Disease II
  • Module 9 ADT - Advanced Diagnostics and therapeutics
  • Module 10 NMC - Nanomedicine and Medicinal Chemistry
  • RS - Research Skills Module


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. Start date for academic year 2018-2019: mid-September 2018 Primary Closing Date for Applications: 31st May 2018 Relevant applications may be accepted until 30th June 2018 subject to availability of places. 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 September 28, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
1 - 2 years
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17,373 EUR
Ireland - Dublin
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Non EU €17,373 [FT] €11,478 [PT] EU €8,428 [FT] €5,608 [PT]