Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

UK fee

£9,000 for the full course or £1,000 per 20 credits* (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 for the full course (2024/25)

Course level




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Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Our MRes Molecular Medicine will help you to develop the key skills you will need for a research career, and allow you to put these into practice when you develop and conduct your own research project. Studying a masters degree in Molecular Medicine at Derby will:

Specialised facilities

We have specialised laboratory facilities available for your research projects. Our facilities will help develop lab skills required for lab projects and laboratory experiments. These include a molecular laboratory housing qPCR and DGGE equipment, an imaging suite, human cell culture facility, a dedicated microbiology laboratory, and an analytical suite housing GC/MS, HPLC, AAS, UV-Vis, IC as well as a scanning electron microscope and transmission microscope. We have also recently secured £850k of capital funding to establish a new Omics facility. This ultra-modern, innovative research facility will provide training in the new and emerging fields of genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics.

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New Biomedical Science Super Lab

The University of Derby has been awarded £5.8 million from the Office for Students (OfS) to develop a new technology enhanced Biomedical Science Super Lab with an opening date in 2025.

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Strong industry connections

We have strong connections with the Royal Derby Hospital and other health care providers. This gives you the opportunity to collaborate your research project with a range of organisations including the Royal Derby Hospital. This will allow you to network with professionals, enhance your career prospects and develop research that makes a real impact.

Experienced teaching team

Our staff expertise covers a diverse range of subjects and we have previously offered research projects in the following areas: human lifestyle and socio-economic drivers of disease risk, virology, microbiology and cancer research. Research systems at the larger spatial scale include investigating human lifestyle and socio-economic drivers of disease risk. 

Research areas available for 2019/2020 students are listed below. Please contact our Head of Discipline for Biomedical and Forensic Science, Shivadas Sivasubramaniam, for initial enquiries:

What is the natural history of Human Papillomavirus in the Oropharynx?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cancers of the genital tract, predominantly cervical cancer. However, HPV is now known to be associated with a subset of Head and Neck cancers in the tonsils and base of the tongue, with younger men particularly at risk. Despite a thorough understanding of the natural history (prevalence, pathogenesis, and persistence) of HPV within a cervical infection, it is still not clear how HPV causes Head and Neck cancer. We have established a clinical study to examine the prevalence and pathogenesis of HPV within tonsillar tissue; this project will dissect and describe the natural history of HPV within the tonsil and examine how infections contribute to the development of Head and Neck cancer.

Cardiac rehabilitation – mixed methods study

Attendance on cardiac rehabilitation programmes is often lower amongst some ethnic groups, despite higher risks of cardiovascular disease. A project is available to explore why this varies between different groups of people, using methods such as questionnaires and focus groups to understand what lifestyle or socio-economic drivers may prevent engagement with health support.   

Mechanisms of angiogenesis – in vitro laboratory-based study

Angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels from existing vasculature; it is an important process in both physiological processes and pathological conditions, including tumour growth. A project is available to research angiogenic signalling mechanisms using cell-based models and assays, as well as to perform a meta-analysis of current anti-angiogenic drugs. 

Assessment of hypoxia associated marker levels in response to colloid nano-particle exposure: A 3D In Vitro Approach

Colloid nanoparticles have previously been associated with increased reactive oxygen species levels following exposure, this has a number of effects on the cell architecture. One notable change is a link between hypoxia and surface expression of complement inhibitory proteins. This project aims to determine if there is a potential link between hypoxia associated markers and exposure to colloid gold nanoparticles, within a 3D cell culture approach.

Generation of anti-decay accelerating factor (CD55) aptamers for targeted delivery of colloid gold nanoparticles: A 3D In Vitro/In Silico approach

Generation and development of aptamers has the potential to replace current approaches for biomarker identification, this project will focus on the feasibility of developing an aptamer targeting CD55. CD55 is a cancer biomarker overexpressed at multiple solid-state cancer sites, with current approaches to detecting it being restricted to antibody approaches. The project will look to make use of structural bioinformatics and molecular docking alongside a lab-based selection of an aptamer using SELEX. Effectiveness of the aptamer will be assessed in silico and in vitro.

The role of novel stable apelin analogues in stem cell regeneration, neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation

Apelin is one of several endogenous adipokines, both preproapelin mRNA and APJ receptor mRNA have been detected in a wide range of tissue including neuronal cells. These bioactive peptides are involved in functions including GLP-1 induction and neuronal survival. We aim to further study the effects of this novel stable analogue in stem cell regeneration, neurodegeneration, neuro-inflammation.

Anti-oxidative effects of novel long acting apelin analogues

The adipocytokine, apelin, is abundantly secreted by adipocytes and shown to alleviate oxidative stress in cardio myocytes and vascular smooth muscle. Here we look to investigate the cytoprotective and anti-oxidative properties of apelin against hypoxia/reoxygenation induced oxidative stress and its role in placental health.

The effects of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) on the invasion of transformed early trophoblast cells

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) is one of a group of highly reactive gases which is a by-product of combustive engines that have been found to have major effects on human wellbeing. Studies have shown it has direct deleterious effects on the respiratory and cardiovascular system. However, the effects of NO2 on a developing foetus is not well studied, mainly due to ethical constraints. This in vitro study would investigate the direct effects of NO2 on the invasive capacity of transformed, first trimester, early trophoblast cells.


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Uncovering the link between HPV and head and neck cancer

Our scientists have developed a new screening method that detects human papillomavirus (HPV) in the mouth. They are now using this method to gain a better understanding of how HPV causes head and neck cancer.

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Human Sciences Research Centre

Our Human Sciences Research Centre conducts theoretical and applied research into the prevention and treatment of diseases and into improvements to the quality of life for people of all ages.

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Multi-Faith Centre, Kedleston Road

Postgraduate Open Event

Join us at an upcoming Postgraduate Open Event, where you will get the opportunity to meet our expert academics and find out more about your course.

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What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

  • Independent Research (80 credits) or Independent Study (20 credits - PGDip only)
  • Professional Skills in Biomedical Science (40 credits)
  • Research Methods in Data Interpretation (20 credits)

Optional modules:

  • Applied Microbial Biotechnology (20 credits)
  • Clinical Haematology and Transfusion Medicine (20 credits)
  • Applied Immunology (20 credits)
  • Advanced Cellular Pathology (20 credits)


Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

We offer a range of learning and teaching activities, including face-to-face and online teaching.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods allowing you to show your individual strengths and abilities. These include essays, portfolios, a dissertation, blogs, presentations, and a viva voce.

Who will teach you

Dr Shivadas Sivasubramaniam

Dr Shivadas Sivasubramaniam
Programme leader

Dr Shiva D Sivasubramaniam is the Head of Biomedical and Forensic Science. His research scientific interests are trophoblast invasion and the effects of environmental pollution on developing placenta. His pedagogic research interests include medical ethics, student-centred teaching and enhancing academic integrity by developing student engagement.

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Entry requirements

You will need an undergraduate degree (typically 2:1 or higher, 2:2 will be considered) in biology, human biology, biomedical health or a related subject. If you have professional experience in human health, you may also be considered as eligible for this course.

International students should have the above or an international equivalent. If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 6.5.

If you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to submit a one page proposal outlining the areas of interest for your potential research project. More details concerning this proposal will be provided when you are invited to interview.

Fees and funding

2024/25 (August 2024 - July 2025)


£9,000 for the full course or £1,000 per 20 credits*

£1,000 per 20 credits


£14,900 for the full course


Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

Additional costs and optional extras

About postgraduate awards

Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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International student scholarships

We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to international students which can be used together to offer a reduction in your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.


After completing our MRes in Molecular Medicine, you’ll be in a stronger position to secure a career within your field of interest. It could also be the springboard into pharmaceutical and research-based companies for your area of research. Career opportunities that may be available to you upon completion of this course are: research associate, analytical consultant, scientific writer, laboratory manager, or scientific advisor.

Should you wish to continue your learning experience beyond masters level, our course will prepare you for further study towards a PhD.

Contact us

Course: Shivadas Sivasubramaniam (Programme Leader) +44 (0)1332 592239

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

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