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Translational Medicine: Interdisciplinary Molecular Medicine (PGCert)

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Degree awarded
4 Months FT, 16 months PT
Entry requirements

Applicants should normally possess a degree (usually minimum 2:2) in the biomedical/medical/biological/chemical/biochemical/ pharmacological sciences or in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine from a recognised university. We will also consider candidates with 2.2 degrees in a relevant analytical/physical/computing science area. International candidates must have obtained the equivalent of a 2:2 in a related degree from a reputed University.

Flexibility on entry requirements will be applied to candidates with proven appropriate extensive research or professional experience.

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
How to apply

Apply online

Closing date for non-MRC applications: 13 July 2015

For further applications information, see: 'Selection Criteria'.

Course options

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

Course description

The PGCert in Translational Medicine provides high-quality training skills for students who want to understand how 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 PGCert 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 programme 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. 


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCert (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,000
    International students (per annum): £8,000
  • PGCert (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,500
    International students (per annum): £4,000

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.

Contact details

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