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MRes Translational Medicine: Interdisciplinary Molecular Medicine / Overview

Year of entry: 2016

Degree awarded
Master of Research
12 Months (full-time)
Entry requirements

This programme has both taught and research components, is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience, and does not require applicants to have already developed their own research proposals.

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) in the biomedical, medical, biological, chemical, biochemical or pharmacological sciences or in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine from a recognised university.

We will also consider candidates with Upper Second degrees in a relevant analytical, physical or computing science area.

International candidates must have obtained the equivalent of an Upper Second in a related degree from a reputed university and should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.

Candidates on the undergraduate medical programme must have satisfactorily completed Years 1 to 3 of the MBChB. For St Andrews students, this includes the 3-year degree programme and the following year spent in Manchester (Year 3 of the Manchester programme).

Evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience may be accepted by the University as qualification for entry for applicants with a Lower Second or equivalent.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
20 places.
How to apply

To give you the greatest opportunity to join our course and make the admissions process and quick and easy as possible we recommend you read the below guidance.

We recommend you apply as early as possible; Closing date for applications: 11 July 2016. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully. Contact if you have problems.


Your application form must be accompanied by supporting documents:

  • Two academic references on letter headed paper or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly so please inform them yourself.
  • Copies of official degree certificates (with translations if not in English)
  • Copies of official University transcripts (with translations if not in English)
  • A personal statement. This should be a page in length:
    • why you want to undertake this course of study;
    • any relevant past experience and what you think you can bring to the course;
    • how this course fits into your future career plans;
    • any other information you think relevant to your application.
  • Full curriculum vitae including voluntary experience
  • A scanned copy of your passport
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if required)

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or sent directly to . After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

Course options

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Course description

Our Masters of Research (MRes) in Translational Medicine provides high-quality research and training skills for students who want to use state-of-the-art biotechnologies to rapidly translate disease research into improved clinical healthcare.

With advances in technology, graduates are now faced with heightened expectations to conduct effective bioscience research.

Employers demand skillsets comprising biological, medical, physical and computational characteristics and this Masters is designed to provide this breadth of training.

The core aim is to train the next generation of scientists able to 'fast-track' biological and scientific data into advanced therapies and diagnostics tools.

Our understanding of the molecular basis of disease and drug mechanisms has improved dramatically in recent years, yet there is a distinct shortage of individuals able to apply this knowledge into effective clinical benefit.

Our MRes in Translational Medicine (Interdisciplinary Molecular Medicine) provides intense training in 'omics' skills and techniques such as genetics, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics.

The training in metabolomic techniques is novel for a UK course, and teaching on the integration of different omic platforms and data in a systems medicine strategy is unique.

With its extended 35-week research project and broad training in biotechnology for medical healthcare, this MRes provides an excellent platform to progress into PhD research, or for a career in academia or the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, or as a clinical academic.

The MRes has substantial interdisciplinary focus; training comprises four taught modules before you undertake an extended 35-week research project within The University of Manchester, Waters or one of the Greater Manchester teaching hospitals.

A wide choice of projects are available (view the list of example projects ), allowing individuals to focus on areas of interest such as the use of gene expression profiling, proteomics, metabolomics, stem cell research, tissue culture or pharmacogenetics in the biology of cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, stroke or diabetes.

The MRes lasts for one year full-time, so it provides the ideal opportunity to experience the challenges of multidisciplinary research first-hand before committing to further training.

Over 85% of our graduates secure further research (PhD), pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry, or medical training posts upon completion.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees or provide a sponsor letter (which we must first confirm), before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Additional expenses

Students will have to cover the cost of printing and binding their project report and dissertation.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
+44 (0)161 306 5439
Academic department overview

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