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Molecular Therapeutics (Intercalated)

B9MT 1 years


The BMedSci programme in Molecular Therapeutics is a new programme that builds upon the successful and long-standing BMedSci course at Barts & the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The course resides within the world-famous William Harvey Research Institute.

Students gain the benefit of learning from some of the foremost researchers and teachers in the areas of clinical pharmacology, evidence-based prescribing, cardiovascular medicine, inflammation science, immunology, endocrinology, personalised medicine and forensic toxicology.

The field of clinical therapeutics in becoming increasingly scientific, molecular and mechanistic in its approach, with new therapies based upon strategic intervention in well-defined biological pathways. Practitioners and researchers therefore require increasingly specialist knowledge in molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry and chemistry. This one year intercalated BMedSci degree will provide a framework of expertise in this discipline and practical experience in clinical and basic science laboratory research.

Students undertake a core module that provides the overarching framework for the BMedSci upon which the option module and project module build. Students review basic principles and thence gain an advanced understanding in biosciences, informatics, molecular biology, statistics, molecular pharmacology and drug development, clinical pharmacology and evidence-based prescribing, immunology and research ethics & law. Hands-on laboratory practical classes reinforce lectures and tutorials. In the second semester, an option module allows the students to choose a taught programme that complements their project and allows more in-depth study of a particular research area. In Semester 2, the Molecular Therapeutics project module enables students to demonstrate the application of their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in a specific area of molecular mechanisms in disease linked to a specific area of pharmacology and clinical therapeutics, with potential for scientific publication and presentation at national or international meetings. The project will normally be a piece of original research that is expected to occupy at least 12 weeks duration. Many students have the opportunity to publish their work or present it at a national or international scientific conference. Rod Flower Summer scholarships are available to allow some students to continue successful projects into the summer.

Admissions and programme enquiries

Professor Nick Goulding, PhD – Professor of Pharmacology & Medical Education

Biochemical Pharmacology, WHRI
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Queen Mary University of London
Charterhouse Square

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2118
Email: n.j.goulding@qmul.ac.uk


Students studying for the BMedSci programme will complete a 45-credit core module, a 30-credit taught option module which the students can choose and a 45-credit intercalated research project. Specific guidance on the selection of option modules that match research projects will be provided to students by tutors and the programme director.

Core Module

In the core module, BMedSci students will focus on developing key concepts and research methods and analysis for understanding molecular mechanisms in disease.

The following topics will be covered in the core module:

  • Bioanalytical principles and techniques
  • Cutting edge technologies used in medical research such as confocal microscopy, flow cytometry and mass spectrometry
  • Mechanisms of drug action – receptor targeting, drug design and development, clinical trials
  • Commonly prescribed drugs for inflammatory diseases, cancer, rheumatic diseases, endocrine disorders, hypertension, asthma, infections / HIV and psychiatric disorders
  • Bioinformatics
  • Statistics for research
  • Molecular Biology – principles and techniques such as DNA structure and function, protein prediction, modelling and analysis, human genomics, polymerase chain reaction and sequencing
  • Immunology – innate and adaptive immune responses and disease, tolerance, autoimmunity, allergy
  • Ethics and Law applied to Medical Research – includes a historical perspective, use of animals, human subjects and the Declaration of Helsinki and the working of ethics committees.

Option Module

Options include clinical and vascular pharmacology, inflammation science, immunology, medical genetics, neuroendocrinology or forensic medical science with an emphasis on forensic toxicology. This is a 4 week taught course run by Research Centres within the William Harvey where students will gain an insight into the world of cutting-edge research in preparation for their own research project.

Project module

This is the final phase of the course that allows students to experience the world of medical research for themselves. The project will normally be a piece of original research, closely mentored and supervised by experts in the field. It is expected to occupy at least 12 weeks duration. Students become an integral part of an existing research team and many have the opportunity to publish their work or present at a national or international scientific conference. The results of the project will be presented as a written report not exceeding 6000 words and an oral presentation. The report is assessed and marked by internal examiners and reviewed by external examiners.

Entry requirements

The programme will be open to post 3rd/4th year MBBS, BDS or BVetMed students who have passed all years to date on the MBBS, GEP and the BDS (or equivalent undergraduate award in UK/EU) countries. It is not open to those who have previously undertaken an intercalated a degree. Normally, no referrals in any of the clinical firm grades where these have been undertaken. Students must have passed their current year in order to take up an offer of a place on an intercalated programme.

Students will submit an application and be interviewed, and will be selected on the basis on academic ranking and interview, in line with the procedure for all SMD intercalated degrees.

Learning and teaching

Each module will be taught using a range of methods, varying according to the subject and learning objectives of the module. All modules will include lectures, small group tutorials, and independent study. The core module follows a format of daily interactive seminars and tutorials, a practical class and workshops. Internal and visiting speakers will provide insight into current research and clinical advancements. Students are given plenty of guided self-directed learning time with a personal tutor to help them with academic or personal issues.

The core module assessments consist of practical write-ups, an imaging presentation, ethics write-up and short integrative assignment of 1500 words written in the style of an article in student BMJ. The final assessment is an exam in December including short answer questions (12) and a choice of 2 out of 3 short essay questions. The option module is assessed by a longer 3000 word essay on a research topic and a written exam in May where 3 questions are chosen from a total of 6 questions offered. The project is assessed by dissertation (6000 words) and oral presentation.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk


Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

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