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Translational Medicine: Interdisciplinary Molecular Medicine (MRes )

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

An honours degree (minimum 2:1) in the biomedical sciences. International candidates must have obtained the equivalent of a 2:1 in a related degree from a reputed University.

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

Students with evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience may be accepted by the University as qualification for entry.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
20 places.
How to apply

Apply online

Closing date for non-MRC applications: 11 July 2014.

See 'Selection Criteria' for further information.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The Masters by 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 in order to conduct effective bioscience research. Employers demand skill-sets comprising biological, medical, physical and computational characteristics and the MRes 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.

The MRes Translational Medicine (Interdisciplinary Molecular Medicine) provides intense training in 'omics' skills and techniques such as genetics, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics. The training in metabolic 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 students undertake an extended 35-week research project within the University of Manchester, Waters ( AstraZeneca 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, stroke or diabetes.

The MRes is one-year full time, so 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 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £8,850
    International students (per annum): £20,100

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 £1000 towards their tuition fees 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.


MRC studentships

The MRes Translational Medicine (Interdisciplinary Molecular Medicine) is offering fully-funded scholarships (bursaries) for our most outstanding applicants seeking places from September 2014 ( Deadline: 13 June 2014):

  • MRC Advanced Course Studentships 2014

Intercalating Students

£2,500 bursaries are available toward tuition fee costs for 2014 entry for all home intercalating students. Awarded based on application and performance at interview.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
Contact name
Dylan Mangan
+44 (0)161 306 5439
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