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Molecular Biology MSc


MSc Molecular Biology (HLST104)

MSc Molecular Biology with Professional Experience (HLST154)

This course starts in September 2017 and January 2018.

  • 12 months full-time
  • 20 months full-time with Professional Experience
  • 24 months part-time

    Molecular biology is a key area underpinning modern biology in the post-genomic era. The science of molecular biology analyses the structure and function of organisms – viral, microbial and eukaryotic – at a molecular level. The structure and function of nucleic acids, genes, proteins and cell-signalling molecules are also analysed by molecular biology. Molecular biology techniques can be used to investigate errors in cellular systems that are fundamental to an advanced understanding of disease aetiology. In addition, innovations in molecular biology permit sophisticated modification of organisms, and manipulation of their functions, to permit the production of novel products and the development of novel therapeutic technologies. The burgeoning global bioscience sector creates a continuing demand for the education of scientists at postgraduate level skilled in molecular biology.

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    The MSc Molecular Biology with Professional Experience, is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience. Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University.

    Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.


    Biologist using petri dishesThis course is intended for life science graduates from both home and overseas courses who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in biosciences with an emphasis on molecular biology. The aim of the course is to produce scientists who will be able to contribute to a range of careers including academic, commercial, industrial and healthcare applications of molecular biology. This course is also an excellent foundation for those wishing to pursue research in molecular biology at PhD level.

    You will have the opportunity to study a broad range of Molecular Biology at a theoretical and a practical level. You will have the opportunity  to gain hands-on experience of molecular biology techniques. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of transferrable and research skills that will develop your knowledge and enhance your employment potential.


    The course is focused on the key elements of molecular biology and comprises modules on the following topics:

    • Genomes and DNA Technology;
    • Cell Culture and Antibody Technology;
    • Mammalian Cell and Molecular Biology;
    • Molecular Microbiology;
    • Molecular Biology of Disease.

    The course will also comprise a Research Skills module. In addition, a Research Project forms part of the MSc course.

    Additionally, the understanding gained from these modules will be demonstrated and applied in either the University-based project (12 months full-time or 24 months part-time, on course HLST104), or the professional experience modules giving students the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Bioscience or Biological Chemistry. We would expect to see the study of one or more of the following modules in the final year of an undergraduate degree: molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, genetics, molecular immunology or molecular virology.

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.


    To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above. Many of our courses offer a part-time study option. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.

    Please note: we have a range of taught postgraduate awards to suit your needs, from Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma to a full Master's Degree (MA, MBA, MSc, LLM). In most cases you can decide to exit at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, without carrying onto the full Master's qualification.

    How will this course enhance my career prospects?

    Molecular biology is one of the most buoyant sectors of the biosciences jobs market. Indeed, molecular biology is a key area underpinning modern biology in the post-genomic era. Consequently, many different branches of biology in both the academic and industrial sectors make use of molecular biology skills and rely on analyses at the molecular level to drive developments. It is predicted that growth in the Molecular Biology employment market will be above average over the period 2010–20.


    Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

    The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

    Click here for further details on the Global Leaders Programme.


    Further information

    If you click on the Order a Prospectus button above, we will send you a printed Postgraduate Prospectus; alternatively you can download a pdf prospectus.

    To find out more information about Postgraduate Study at Coventry University, including finance and funding and the benefits of further study, see our Postgraduate Study pages.

    Course code:
    HLST104 (1 year) • HLST154 (with Professional Experience)
    • 2 years part-time (UK/EU only)
    • 1 year full-time

    • Postgraduate Degree (MBA / MSc / MA / MPA)
    • Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma

    Course type:
    • Full time
    • Part time

    September 2017 start - £12,656 or £15,156 (with professional experience)

    Contact Details:

    International Office

    For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

    +44 (0) 24 7765 2152