This programme aims to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the emerging field of molecular medicine, which draws together developments in molecular and cellular biology to describe disease processes at a functional level - that is, at the level of molecular interactions. The Diploma in Molecular Medicine is designed to make available a high quality course to those individuals who cannot avail of a full-time programme, due to the high demands it makes on a candidate's time. The diploma may therefore be an attractive option for, among others, people working in business, clinical industry, or other disciplines, who wish to gain a comprehensive knowledge in this area with a view to progressing professionally, or going on to do a higher degree.
This programme offers a comprehensive and thoroughly up-to-date overview of the area, which provides participants with the skills necessary to critically evaluate the literature and understand the central concepts of molecular medicine, such as the molecular basis of human disease and its implications for the practice of clinical medicine and research in the life sciences. The course includes lectures on cellular biology and molecular genetics as they apply generally to normal cell and tissue function and to disease processes. Advanced modules cover topics such as molecular oncology, signalling, development and therapeutics, immunology and infectious agents among others. A selection of modules on issues such as bioinformatics, research methodology, statistics and ethical legal aspects of the discipline may be undertaken on an optional basis.
Students must complete a core module "Practical and self directed research in Molecular Medicine" which includes a literature review, presentations, Journal Clubs, laboratory practicals, and modules on statistics, biomedical ethics and bioinformatics. This is equivalent to 30 ECTs. They will chose six modules (each equivalent to 5 ECTs) from the taught material on the course. Students are examined on the basis of the submitted critical literature review essay, and written examinations of the modules taken. Examinations are undertaken at the end of each term.