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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Medicine (General) Molecular Biology

Course type


Course Summary

This flexible course gives you the chance to choose specialist modules from the pathway that interests you most. You'll carry out a five-month research project, which gives you invaluable laboratory experience. Our graduates go on to PhD study or work in related industries.

Course description

This flexible course focuses on the molecular and genetic factors of human diseases. Understanding those factors is crucial to the development of therapies. We'll bring you up to date with the latest technical and scientific advances in biomedical science and therapeutic design, and we'll show you how to use the latest technology to answer research questions for yourself. The course is aimed at both animal or human biology graduates and clinical graduates.


Your modules are taught intensively over a two-week period, generally starting on a Wednesday, which gives you the weekend to catch up.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory demonstrations, computer practicals and student presentations.

Our expertise

The University of Sheffield is ranked number one in the UK for the world-leading quality of our biomedical research and in the top ten for combined world-leading and internationally excellent research outputs in clinical medicine.

The impactful, high-quality research that we undertake influences how we teach across all of our postgraduate courses. In many areas, our research activity spans the spectrum from basic science up to practical clinical applications. We pride ourselves on collaboration between clinicians and non-clinicians, and many of our courses include teaching from practising clinicians as well as research-active academics.


This module introduces you to recent developments in immunity and recombinant molecules that are used to modulate the human immune system therapeutically. Introduction to innate and adaptive immunity; Control of immune responses; Making recombinant proteins; Examples of recombinant proteins as immune therapeutics; New strategies for vaccine generation; Assessment will be by an assignment.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:1 degree with a substantial element of human or animal biology. Medical students can intercalate after completion of three years of their medical degree. We also welcome medical graduates and graduates in other scientific subjects such as biotechnology.