Molecular Medicine

Trinity College Dublin

Molecular Medicine

Course Overview

The Molecular Medicine programme was established in 1997. The programme is delivered by more than 80 research experts, including academic scientists, clinicians and healthcare professionals from Trinity and its associated teaching hospitals as well as many external experts.

Students acquire broad theoretical knowledge of topics such as cellular signaling, genetics, oncology and immunology in human health and disease. Specialist topics are also covered, such as the molecular basis of human diseases, the role of infectious agents in disease, advanced diagnostics and therapeutics, nano-medicine and medicinal chemistry.

A central component of the programme is practical ‘hands-on’ experience in state-of-the-art research laboratories, with access to the latest cutting-edge technologies in the biomedical and life sciences.

Is This Course For Me?

This course is designed for students with a primary degree in Biology, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and other related scientific disciplines.

Course Structure

The Masters programme is made up of taught modules worth 55 ECTS, a Research Skills module worth 15 ECTS, and a Research Project worth 30 ECTS.

Our lecturers are predominantly research active or clinical scientists who lecture in their areas of expertise and the course content is constantly reviewed and updated, with recent significant additions in the areas of advanced diagnostics and therapeutics, glycobiology and nanomedicine.

Subjects taught

The M.Sc. in Molecular Medicine aims to provide candidates with a cutting-edge overview of the field of molecular medicine and provides taught modules on a range of subjects.

The course is divided into 11 modules from which students select will select nine modules, allowing the studnet to tailor the programme to their indvidual needs. Modules include: Cellular Biology & Cell Signalling Mechanisms; Introduction to Genetics and Development; Molecular Oncology; Human Genetics; Molecular and Cellular Immunology; Infectious Agents, Biology & Clinical Implications; Molecular Mechanisms of Human Disease I & II; Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics; and Precision and Translational Nanomedicine.

The Research Skills module is mandatory and comprises two separate week-long practical classes in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Bioinformatics, Ethics, Statistics, a review of the literature and Seminars on research methodology.

The Research Project forms a major component of the course and takes place over three months full-time in the laboratory on a novel piece of research.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants should hold the minimum of an upper second-class (2.1) Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a biological science subject; a clinical science such as medicine, dentistry or veterinary; a pharmaceutical science such as pharmacy; or another science-related area.

Other appropriate professional or industrial experience will be taken into account. Candidates may be interviewed to asses their suitability at the discretion of the course co-ordinators.

Application dates

Closing Date: 28th June 2024

Assessment Info

The student is examined on the basis of a submitted critical literature review essay, written examinations, assessment of laboratory practicals and the writing of a dissertation based on a research project.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2024

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Career Opportunities

Course graduates have gone on to careers in the life sciences industry, research, academia and medicine.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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