The Master in Molecular Bioscience is a four year undergraduate degree where the final year is studied completely at Masters level. This course is ideal for giving a broad education in biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics. It introduces students to the latest developments in the molecular biological sciences and develops key practical skills. This course will also introduce the rapidly developing field of bioinformatics and introductory computing skills. It particularly concentrates on how these skills can be used in disease investigation. Research projects will be coupled to active research within the University. Jobs are available in international research centres, large and small pharmaceutical and biotech companies, health industries and hospitals. This Masters course can lead to careers in research and further study at PhD level.
This degree aims to:
1. Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology.
2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the practical, professional and/or research skills necessary for working as a Molecular Scientist:
3. Demonstrate understanding of latest developments in biochemistry and molecular biology and have a critical awareness of applications to applied fields such as biotechnology or inherited disease and diagnosis.
4. Demonstrate the intellectual skills of handling complex issues systematically and creatively enabling originality in problem solving. To evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship.
5. Exhibit postgraduate generic skills of initiative and personal responsibility, enabling independent decision making. Independent learning skills allowing continuing professional development. Effective communication and numerical skills.
Year 1 provides an extensive introduction to this interesting and exciting subject. You will learn about biochemistry, cell biology and genetics, with supporting subject knowledge and practical skills in chemistry, microbiology and physiology. You can choose from options that allow you to look at human disease prevention and treatment, and how our immune systems can help us fight diseases, and the world of plants.
Year 2 allows you to gain extensive experience in practical molecular bioscience. You will you will learn how the biochemistry of organisms helps them adapt to their environment and explore the genetics and molecular biology of living cells in more depth. You can choose to study the origins and evolution of life, the nature of man-made and natural drug effectiveness, the molecular basis of diseases.
You can choose to take an optional year-long work placement in your third year, or go directly to your third year which covers how we can examine gene sequences to forward the frontiers of science, apply genetic information to problems of medical importance. You will have the opportunity to complete a thorough piece of scientific research as well as a chance to further your own interest via an independent survey of an area of biochemistry. You can opt to study assess the role played by biochemistry in diagnosing diseases and look at ethical issues concerning modern biochemists, the biotechnology of plant species in roles as diverse as bioenergy and medical pharmaceuticals, the evolution of humans or common laboratory practice issues for molecular biosciences workers.
The final year extends your research experience by continuing the project that was begun in year 3. You will then develop skills at the forefront of modern genetics and molecular biology and learn the computer skills needed to enable you to research information from the wealth of information stored on numerous databases, and then apply this knowledge to investigate bioinformatics in the real-world.
The University of Wolverhampton has a long-standing reputation for the taught provision in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Master in Molecular Bioscience is a four year undergraduate degree where the final year is studied completely at Masters level. This course is ideal for giving a broad education in biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics and preparing students for a career in modern bioscience. The course has been designed to be at the forefront in the development of molecular science. This course addresses the rapidly developing field of modern genetics and prepares them for the post- genomics era. The research-active staff who are associated with the Research Institute in Healthcare Science (research evaluated as of national and international excellence at the last Research Assessment Exercise) provide a highly research-focused environment which informs both teaching and the students’ own research projects.
Graduates who have obtained the Masters will be eligible to seek employment in the following areas:
Molecular and Bioinformatics research and development positions
National Health Service(NHS) pathology laboratories
Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS)/ microbiology laboratories
Veterinary and agricultural laboratories
Private Pathology Service Laboratories
Industrial Science roles
Pharmaceutical Industry roles
The Masters also provides suitable preparation for further research/professional study at Doctoral level leading to a PhD or Professional doctorate (DBMS).
The course will be submitted for recognition by the Society of Biology
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course
2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact for further information.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.