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Molecular Pathology MSc

Molecular Pathology (MSc)

Develop your career in clinical practice, NHS, sector diagnostic laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry or academic research with this flexible master’s course

Molecular Pathology Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Why is this course for me?

  • Learn about a field of critical importance to translational medicine, with a unique focus on the molecular analysis of tissue samples.
  • Study at a university ranked 8th in the UK for medicine (QS World University Rankings 2016).
  • Four MRC studentships are available to fund tuition fees for 2017 entry.
  • Choose optional units to suit specific interests, such as proteomics and chemical pathology.
  • Connect with colleagues and related opportunities across the UK through our association with the network of MRC and EPSRC-funded Molecular Pathology nodes.
Degree awarded
Master of Science
Part-time over 3 or 4 years (dual format)
Entry requirements

For MSc and proposed exit awards

Undergraduate degree (normally an Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in a relevant biomedical subject including medicine and nursing. Flexibility on entrance requirements will be applied to candidates with proven appropriate extensive professional experience.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Up to 20 per annum.
Contact email
Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5220
How to apply

We recommend you apply as early as possible; the formal deadline is the end of July. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully.


Your application form must have the following documents:

  • Two academic references on letter headed paper or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly.

  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated

  • Official university transcripts (with translations if not in English)

  • A personal statement - this should be a page in length and explain:

    Why you want to undertake this course of study;

    Any relevant past experience and what you think you can bring to the course;

    How this course fits into your future career plans;

    Any other relevant information

  • Full curriculum vitae including voluntary experience

  • A scanned copy of your passport if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK

  • If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or if this is not possible, sent directly to . We are unable to consider your application if you have not provided all of the necessary documents listed above.

You must include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

Course options

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

Course description

Our flexible, blended Molecular Pathology MSc course will enable you to take advantage of growing opportunities within this field, which is critically important for translational medicine, both in cancer and non-cancer diseases.

The number of academic pathologists trained in molecular pathology has steadily declined over the past 20 years. As such, it has been identified as an area requiring support and development by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Royal College of Pathologists, creating careers opportunities for students and professionals alike.

Our master's course is aimed at medical students, biomedical scientists, medical practitioners and trainee pathologists who want to learn more about molecular pathology. Trainee pathologists can take our course as part of an existing training programme.

You will benefit from a unique focus on the molecular analysis of tissue samples and take optional units in various areas of laboratory medicine and emerging diagnostic methods, such as proteomics and chemical pathology.

Students will also become part of Manchester's world leading precision medicine research community, learning practical skills that will be directly applicable to this emerging field.

In addition, you will benefit from our association with the network of MRC and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funded Molecular Pathology nodes, which have been partly established to train more scientists to work in this field. This will enable you to connect with colleagues and related opportunities across the UK.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1 £3,800; Year 2 £3,800; Year 3 £1,900
  • PGCert (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,900
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,533


There are four MRC studentships available for September 2017 entry. The closing date is 30 June 2017 .

To be eligible for the studentship you must be:

  • a UK/EU national
  • a resident in the EU.

Competition for these studentships is extremely high, so please ensure you submit your online application in time.

The MRC studentships provide full tuition fees for the MSc course. They will be awarded according to your academic record and professional experience. You may be invited to interview.