Trinity College Dublin
Institute of Molecular Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland  

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M.Sc. In Molecular Medicine
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Molecular Medicine is set to play an increasingly important role in the practice of medicine and research in the biological, medical and pharmaceutical/life science arenas and this will have broad ramifications on society and the economy. These require significant nfrastructural capacity, key among these being trained personnel. Individuals conversant with key developments in Molecular Medicine will be required in the clinical, research and industrial arenas. Biotech companies need a cadre of individuals trained to the highest degree in the life sciences at all levels of management. So too will individuals who wish to undertake entrepreneurial business developments. The issue of adequate training of personnel in science is a national concern that our programmes in Molecular Medicine
seek to address.

The Post Graduate Diploma of the Molecular Medicine Programme furnishes candidates with an advanced, state-of-the-art knowledge of current developments in Molecular Medicine. It is ideal for individuals who have limited available time example those with already established careers. The diploma will have the same high standards as the Masters Programme but will involve a commitment of just over half the taught hours of the M.Sc. and will not require the candidate to complete a project, normally a commitment of three months full time work.


The Diploma in Molecular Medicine intends to provide the student with an understanding of:

  • Basic cellular and molecular biology
  • The integration of Molecular and Cellular Biology in relation to human disease
  • The human genome at a Molecular Level
  • The Utilization of knowledge on the molecular basis of human disease in planning and design of novel therapies
  • The molecular Basis of human genetic disease

In addition we will provide a platform in which students can choose from a
number of specialised topics including:

  • Technologies employed in human molecular genetics
  • The molecular basis of common human malignancies
  • The ethical and legal aspects of molecular medicine as it impinges on clinical practice
  • Infectious agents, biological and clinical implications


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Students will select a total of twelve units of lectures from a broad selection of options at core and advanced levels. They will choose a minimum of four units of basic courses and six units from advanced courses with two other units chosen from either advanced or basics modules. A selection of other units will be offered on an optional basis. The will complete a minimum of 100 contact hours during the course of the Programme. The will also complete a review of a chosen topic with the field of Molecular Medicine.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma Programme may
transfer to the Masters Programme subject to availablity.