Molecular Medicine MRes

Overview

Course facts

  • Name: Molecular Medicine
  • Qualification: MRes
  • Duration: 1 year full time / 2 years part time

Molecular Medicine is a discipline which researches the causes and mechanisms of disease at a molecular level and applies this knowledge to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. The Master of Research (MRes) degree in Molecular Medicine uses a multi-disciplinary, research-based approach to teach students the skills needed to pursue a research career in academia, industry or research institutes.

The main aim of this program is to develop the Scientific Research Skills of motivated postgraduate students aiming for a career in scientific research. The program will combine laboratory research with supportive and integrative taught content tailored to equip the student to effectively interpret and communicate scientific findings. The program aims to develop rigorous research and analytical skills, a concept of good laboratory practice and ability to critically interpret and evaluate both the scientific literature and self-generated data. Creativity and originality in students approach to laboratory research will be encouraged. Successful graduates will also attain wider employability skills including multi-disciplinarity, data management, numeracy, statistics, translating research into practice and in silico data analysis necessary for a successful career in both academic and industrial sectors.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

The programme consists of a 60 credit taught element, which includes a choice of modules (e.g. Human Molecular Genetics; Human Immunology and Disease; Stem Cells, Disease and Therapy; see below).

In preparation for the Research Project (120 credits), students will follow the Research Skills module (which includes writing a literature review, attending research seminars, etc.), and can choose between two intense practical modules,  Laboratory Molecular Research or Molecular Diagnostics.

The main emphasis of the degree is on the Research Project. This is worth 120 credits,  significantly more than in a typical taught Masters degree. The project will be performed under direct supervision of a research group leader in one of the well-equipped laboratories of the School of Medical Sciences and the North West Cancer Research Institute.

The taught element of this MRes course is assessed through a combination of  course work and final exams. The research project is assessed by a written report, oral presentation and the lab book.

After successful completion of this degree, students will have obtained all the theoretical and practical skills necessary for the successful pursuit of a research career and have a strong competitive advantage over holders of an undergraduate or taught masters degree to secure a PhD position or employment in research.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Molecular Medicine Modules page.

Entry Requirements

Academic criteria: Minimum BSc degree equivalent to a UK 2ii in a relevant biological/medical/(bio)chemical sciences subject. Applicants with substantial relevant work/academic experience will also be considered.

English language requirements (minimum): IELTS 6.0 (5.5).

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

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The course will typically start in September/October or in January.

Start of the degree outside of these periods will be considered after discussion with the degree organiser (see further information below) .

It is possible to do the degree part time (typically over 2 years). To discuss this possibility, please contact the degree organiser (see further information below).

 

Application advice

Applications for research degrees differ substantially from applications for taught courses such as Masters degrees. Although the application form is the same, the way in which you approach your application can make all the difference.

Applying for a self-funded or externally-funded Research Degree

As with all of our courses, you can apply to fund yourself through a PhD/Mphil at Bangor, or you may already have sourced external funding (e.g. from your employer or government), and we warmly welcome all expressions of interest in so doing. However, rather than simply filling in an application form, there are a few steps that you can take in order that your application stands a greater chance of being successful.

All PhD/Mphil students require supervision from at least one academic member of staff at the University, and if you are considering a PhD/Mphil, you will already have a good idea of the specific area or theme that you want to research. In order to ascertain that we hold sufficient expertise in your chosen topic to provide supervision, you should first look at our staff pages. This will provide you with a breakdown of each staff member’s area of academic focus.

Once you have found a member of staff whose research interests broadly accord with your own, you should contact them directly with a concise research ‘brief’ that outlines your proposal and ask whether s/he would consider supervising your project. If the academic expresses his/her interest, you may then further discuss your ideas and develop a full PhD/Mphil research proposal.

At this stage, you should formally apply online for the PhD/Mphil programme. You should fill the form out thoroughly, including academic references, your research proposal and the name of the academic member of staff under whose supervision you intend the research to be conducted.

Your research proposal

A good research proposal is essential if you are applying for a PhD or MPhil. The proposal should include:

  1. Overview – give a brief abstract of the subject area you wish to research and include information on the key theoretical, policy or empirical debates that will be addressed.
  2. Planning – you need to demonstrate that you are aware of the research timescales and have a plan in place to conduct your work. You need to demonstrate that the research is manageable in the given time period.
  3. Literature references – you need to show that your planned area of research has not been studied before. Provide references to key articles and texts relevant to your area of study.
  4. Methodology – you need to show that you are aware of the methodological tools available and have identified which ones would be suitable for your research.

More advice about preparing a research proposal

Applying for funded PhD studentships advertised by Bangor University

Funded PhD studentship opportunities arise frequently throughout the year, and are advertised as specific opportunities for which you must formally apply. The application process for funded PhD studentships may differ according to the academic School in which the studentship opportunity is held, so please check the relevant School’s homepage and follow the application advice therein. If you are unsure of any part of the application process, please contact the individual School for advice, or e-mail postgraduatestudy@bangor.ac.uk.

Online applications can now be made by prospective applicants for all postgraduate taught programmes and postgraduate research programmes at the University (with the exception of the PGCE, Diploma in Occupational Therapy and DClinPsy).

Home/EU students

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  • Please read through the Guidance Notes before you begin the online application form
  • Apply online yourself through our online application system.

Home/EU students with admissions queries please contact...

Postgraduate Admissions: postgraduate@bangor.ac.uk, telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 or write to:

Postgraduate Admissions Office.
Academic Registry
Bangor University
Gwynedd UK
LL57 2DG

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here.  For further guidance click here

International students with admissions queries please contact...

International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When do I Apply?

The University will accept applications throughout the year. We would generally advise that you submit your application in enough time for you to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application.This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer (e.g. in the case of overseas students, taking an IELTS or TOEFL test to meet the English Language requirement).

Careers and Employability

A postgraduate degree is essential for students which want to pursue a scientific research career in academia or industry. The main aim of this programme is to develop the scientific research skills of motivated postgraduate students aiming for a career in scientific research. The programme will combine laboratory research with supportive and integrative taught content tailored to equip the student to effectively interpret and communicate scientific findings. The program aims to develop rigorous research and analytical skills, a concept of good laboratory practice and ability to critically interpret and evaluate both the scientific literature and self-generated data. Creativity and originality in students’ approach to laboratory research will be encouraged. Successful graduates will have the knowledge, understanding and proficiency for career progression in medically related PhD level molecular research, or as specialist technical/medium grade scientists in academic, medical or industrial biomedical/medical organisations.

Funding

Subject to approval by the KESS2 programme, we will be able to offer 4 fellowships sponsored by NWCR. These will include a stipend of £11,358 and the course fees. This course has additional bench fees that are also covered. Students will be selected through a competitive process.

Also, Postgraduate loans will be available from different sources. For more details and other opportunities click here.

It is possible to do the course part time (typically over two years), allowing students to combine the course with part time employment.

For information on Tuition fees click here.

Further information

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