Molecular Bioscience MSc

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    Full Time: 1 year
    Part Time: up to 3 years

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK 23/24:

    Full Time: £8,010
    Part Time: £890 (per 20 credits)

  • Fees International 23/24:

    Full Time: £16,500

  • Location:


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With specific pathways in Genetics and Genomics or Molecular Medicine.

The Molecular Bioscience MSc has two distinct and separate pathways of study allowing you to focus on Molecular Medicine or Genetics and Genomics. You can elect to take study topics in your chosen area of interest and it allows you to design your molecular bioscience Master’s degree to meet your career aspirations.

To apply for the Molecular Medicine route, please click the Apply Now button. To apply for the Genetics and Genomics pathway, please click below.

Apply for Genetics and Genomics pathway

Updated 20/03/2023


  • Subject specific modules tailored to the individual pathways allow you to design your Master’s degree in Molecular Bioscience to meet your career aspirations.
  • Well-equipped biomedical science laboratories used for learning and research.
  • Apply and develop your skills in a practical setting.
  • 240 hours of work placements or applied practice.
  • Motivated and research active tutors.
  • Brand New Campus and Facilities at our £330 million Waterside Campus.
  • An opportunity for you to write up your research and present your study.

Course Content

  • The Molecular Bioscience MSc programme supports you to develop your knowledge and understanding of key aspects of your chosen pathway and is aimed at individuals that have a prior knowledge of, or keen interest in, Molecular Medicine or Genetics and Genomics.

    Areas of focus in Molecular Medicine include immunological cancers, diagnosis and mechanisms of bacterial infections, the pathology of neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disease and the role of bioenergetics in health and disease.

    Our Genetics and Genomics pathway is also very diverse, with current research at Northampton focusing on antimicrobial resistance, the genetics of neurological disease and the impact of human genetic variation on the fight against infection.

    Whether you wish to follow an applied career in bioscience or go on to further study at PhD level, this programme gives you the skills, qualification and insight to follow your dreams.

    Students study six modules over one year full time, or two years if studying part time on this molecular bioscience masters. You will follow subject specific and Research Methods modules and undertake a research project in your area of interest that gives an individual focus, whilst also integrating you into the Molecular Biosciences Research Group within the University’s Research Centre for Physical Activity and Life Sciences. You can find out more about the research interests and expertise of the Bioscience team on the Department of Science research profiles page.

    The Dissemination module supports you to develop your communication skills and disseminate your research findings in the form of conference presentations, submission to peer reviewed journals, or to a wider audience.

    You will study Current Topics in Molecular Bioscience which allows you to study relevant and cutting-edge issues in Bioscience, working independently to pursue your own interests with the support of a supervising tutor.

    To improve your employability, apply your skills and build your social capital, you will also complete 240 hours of Applied Practice in a stimulating and well-structured placement. You could apply your skills to either industrial, academic, clinical or educational aspects of Molecular Bioscience and gain valuable real-world work experience.


    For the full list of modules for the Molecular Medicine pathway, please click here.

    The modules for the Genetics and Genomics pathway are listed below:

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

      • Module code: SLSM013
        Status: Compulsory
        The module provides an opportunity for the student to apply knowledge, concepts, and research techniques to a question or problem in a specific discipline within their studies. The module builds and expands on students' prior knowledge and aims to develop expertise and understanding of the scientific process including research methodology, skills to execute planning, conducting, analysis and writing up of their research. It will develop the student's ability to work independently and to reflect on the subject-specific research process.All assessments will be directly related to the student?s chosen pathway specialism either: MSc Molecular Bioscience (Molecular Medicine) MSc Molecular Bioscience (Genetics and Genomics)
      • Module code: SLSM014
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of both molecular genetics and genomics, including bioinformatics and large data analyses. Students will explore the impact of genomic changes and variation and how these contribute to outcomes such as disease. This will include the development and use of novel technologies and their application in the clinic and more broadly in society.
      • Module code: SLSM015
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to identify and examine current topics within Molecular Bioscience. The students will explore an identified issue and develop their critical analysis of contentious or contemporary issues. They will review the literature and propose strategies that affect positive change in shaping future practice and research.
      • Module code: SPOM019
        Status: Compulsory
        Applied Practice provides an opportunity for students to apply complex theoretical knowledge, innovative ideas and strategies to autonomously investigate a novel idea/proposition to a real world setting relevant to their chosen pathway through engagement in a work-based learning environment. The module will provide opportunities to develop and consolidate skills in evidence-based practice and engages the student in critical thinking, enquiry and analysis, including research and critical appraisal skills.
      • Module code: SPOM020
        Status: Compulsory
        The Dissemination module enables students to communicate their research and findings generated during the programme, enhancing external practice and learning. They will gain a holistic understanding of how to add to academic debate, communicating with key stakeholder groups using a range of appropriate media.
      • Module code: SPOM029
        Status: Compulsory
        This module will focus on examining a specific area of interest chosen by the student, to develop their understanding of the research process and designing and developing a valid research proposal. It will also advance the students understanding of concepts, principles and techniques associated with quantitative and qualitative statistical analyses commonly used in research projects.
  • You will need to have a minimum 2.2 class honours degree in a Biological Science from a UK university or international equivalent in order to be eligible to apply for this course.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at postgraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £8,010
    • UK – Part Time: £890 per 20 credit module.
    • International – Full Time: £16,500
    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2023. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    2022/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £7,650
    • UK – Part Time: £850 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £15,000
    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2022. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2023/24 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

    *The maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years


    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

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Facilities and Special Features

  • Experienced subject specialists actively researching and publishing in their fields.
  • Opportunities to attend and present research at international conferences.
  • Independently focused areas of study fully supported.
  • Great links with local academic, industrial and clinical partners.

Biomedical Science laboratories

UON's Biomedical Science laboratories offer well-equipped, specialist facilities