Molecular Basis Of Disease PG Cert
  • Access to state of the art specialist laboratories
  • Distance learning replaces lectures
  • Teaching staff have wide range of relevant skills and experience

This programme is designed for professionals in health and related areas, such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, who wish to acquire knowledge and understanding of molecular biology and its impact on biomedicine and related disciplines. It introduces you to recent advances made in the study of disease, with the emphasis on how advanced molecular technologies inform and impact upon clinical practice.
The theory is delivered using the online Blackboard virtual learning environment that provides the flexibility of studying at your own pace and from any location in the world. You will interact with other students on the course through online discussion groups and receive excellent support from your tutors who are only an email or phone call away.

Workshops at our Stoke-on-Trent campus enable you to put your learning into practice by applying molecular techniques to diagnostic and analytical practice in our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

Starting with the PgC Molecular Basis of Disease, taking 3 months full-time, you progress to the PgD Molecular Biology for Health Professionals which are qualifications in their own right on the way to achieving the MSc. Undertaking the full-time distance learning route to the MSc should take around 18 months.

Course content

Each of these awards has been designed specifically to meet the needs of professionals in Biomedicine. The Certificate will introduce you to recent advances made in the study of disease, with the emphasis on how advanced molecular technologies inform and impact on clinical practice. The Diploma takes theory into practice, with hands-on practical skills developed during two one week residential short courses (in January and June). These workshops will enable you to meet with your cohort, attend seminars and undertake practical work in our excellent laboratory facilities under the guidance of practicing clinical scientists and academics. The Masters in Molecular Biology incorporates all of the Certificate and Diploma studies and provides you with an opportunity to undertake a masters research project. Projects may be completed in your place of work or at the University.

Graduate destinations

The programme comprises postgraduate certificate, diploma and masters courses and is aimed at professionals in health and related areas such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, who wish to acquire knowledge and develop understanding of molecular biology and its impact on biomedicine. The programme explores current understanding of molecular biology and techniques within a clinical context.

PG Cert Award
February, September Start
Full-time, Distance Study Mode
3 months Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Accredited professional qualifications or vocational experience in relevant areas (e.g. health sciences, the health professions, biomedical and biological science). Minimum 2:2 degree in an appropriate subject or international equivalent.

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