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One year full-time

Application Deadline

30 June 2020


St George's, University of London

Start dates

September 2020

Translational research is an exciting and rapidly developing interdisciplinary field. It focuses on using new research findings from the laboratory and other research contexts to develop new medicines, diagnostic tools or community practices.

Our Translational Medicine Master’s courses are ideal for students with a relevant undergraduate degree who want to train for a career in translational science or related fields, for medical students who want to obtain a postgraduate degree during an intercalated year, and for clinicians and other professionals who want to develop their expertise. All taught components are available as standalone professional development modules.

The MSc Translational Medicine will help you develop into a confident and self-reliant scientist with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the concepts and practices of translational science. It will equip you with ideal preparation for both academic study at doctoral level and for a career in research and development.

The MRes Translational Medicine has been specifically designed to help you develop into a competent and resourceful researcher who is skilled at self-directed learning, development of research strategies, laboratory investigation, data analysis and scientific communication. You will have the opportunity to pursue an extended translational research project, develop an advanced understanding of the fundamentals of genetics and genomics, study the principal stages in the development of novel therapeutics, learn about technologies used in biomedical/translational research, and acquire hands-on data analysis skills.

The programme has been designed with input from the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry and will equip you with an expert understanding of the relevant bioscience and ‘bench-to-bedside’ development pathways, and with the technical knowledge that will prepare you to progress to a PhD-level programme or to participate in research and development in a pharmaceutical/biotechnology setting.


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  • Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.

  • Expertise in epidemiological and laboratory research within the University and St George’s Hospital.

Tuition fees

2020 UK/EU
  • Full-time MRes: £13,000

  • Full-time MSc: £10,500
2020 Non-EU (International)
  • Full-time MRes: £22,500

  • Full-time MSc: £21,000


*Fees are reviewed on an annual basis for each year of entry.

For more information, see our fees and funding.

Funding your study

We have a range of funding opportunities available for students. You may be eligible for:

For more information on funding opportunities, see fees and funding.

To be considered for this course, you will need to:

  • meet the entry criteria

  • write a personal statement

  • provide two suitable references.

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Undergraduate degree or equivalent

You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2). For healthcare graduates, a pass is required. All degrees must be awarded before 1st August on the year of entry.

Experience of the research process and/or completion of an undergraduate dissertation is essential. 

We welcome applications from individuals from a range of backgrounds, including humanities, science and healthcare. 

We may invite you to interview if are unable to make a decision directly from your application.

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries and use to UKNARIC to assess. Please see our International Student Support pages for more information. If you have any questions, you can contact us at

English language requirement

For details on English Language requirements, please see here. This is a Group 1 course.

Personal statement and references

You will be asked to outline your reasons for applying for the course in a brief personal statement on the application form. You will also need to provide two satisfactory references.

See the ‘Apply’ tab for more information. 

You can choose to study Translational Medicine at MRes, MSc, PgDip or PgCert level.

The MSc is 67% taught modules and 33% research project. The taught modules are:

  • Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics
  • Case Studies in Drug Discovery and Development
  • Research Methods and Management
  • Big Data in Biomedicine
  • Clinical Trials
  • Personalised Medicine
  • Population Health Research

The MRes is 42% taught modules. The taught modules are:

  • Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics
  • Case Studies in Drug Discovery and Development
  • Research Methods and Management
  • Big Data in Biomedicine


Module content

View the MSc module guide

View the MRes module guide

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Case Studies in Drug Discovery and Development (15 credits)

The development of new drug therapies involves a lengthy and complex process that often begins with basic science, leading to the identification of a druggable target, drug discovery and medicinal chemistry, pre-clinical and clinical trials before a new medicine can be approved and lead to tangible health impact.

This module will illustrate this process using case studies based on translational research at St George’s. The module deals with topics at the interface between the biology of disease processes, medicinal chemistry and pharmacology, with learning topics that include diseases of global importance and how effective treatments have been found against them.

Big Data in Biomedicine (30 credits)

Since the human genome was first sequenced in 2003, the biomedical sciences have experienced an explosion of DNA sequence data, functional genomics collections and epidemiological information. The exponential progress in this area was made possible by the emergence of novel technologies used to sequence DNA, investigate gene function, and to store and analyse large amounts of data. New technologies, comprehensive datasets and advances in data storage have ushered in the field of ‘systems biology’ which seeks to use holistic approaches to study complex problems in biology and medicine.

There is now a shortage of properly trained scientists who can analyse these data. This module emphasises hands-on data analysis activities, and will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to work with this data in industry or academia.

Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics (15 credits)

Powerful new technologies are transforming healthcare. Over the last decade technologies have emerged that allow scientists to interrogate the genome at the level of the chromosome or a single nucleotide in just a few days, resulting in greater availability of genomic data which is increasingly being used to determine health management.

This online module focuses on these fundamental genomic technologies. It will allow you to familiarise yourself with the molecular and cytogenetic techniques currently employed in diagnostic laboratories and, using that knowledge, develop testing stratagems for particular clinical conditions. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of genetic technologies currently used in research, and the challenges involved in implementing novel technologies in the diagnostic setting.

Research Methods and Management (15 credits)

This MRes-specific module tightly integrates with the research project by introducing you to the conceptual, technical, regulatory and ethical aspects of conducting research. It also covers a number of transferable skills related to self-directed learning, literature analysis, communication, and time management. It is predominantly taught via a ‘flipped classroom’ approach involving self-directed learning followed by class presentations, discussions and tutorials. The principal assessment will be on the research proposal for your laboratory project.

Research project (105 credits)

The supervised research project provides immersive work-based training in translational science. You will choose a subject, formulate a specific research question or aim, devise a research strategy to address this question, perform the research, and analyse the resulting data. The project background, experimental procedures, results and discussion are written up as a 25,000-word dissertation and presented orally to an audience with the aid of a poster.

On the MSc, you will study seven taught modules, and then complete a 3-months research project.

As the MRes has a greater focus on research, on this programme you study four core taught modules during the first part of the year, with the remaining time focused entirely on project work.

A key principle guiding development of these Master’s courses has been to create a connected curriculum that emphasises the close alignment of teaching and research. To help achieve this, you will choose a project subject and supervisor early on, and the taught modules will provide multiple opportunities to relate session content to the themes of your individual project.

You will prepare an extensive project-based research proposal as part of the Research Methods and Management module. Cross-module connections will also be created by revisiting selected themes in each of the taught components, and through the use of a mandatory portfolio in which you record in-course assessment work, feedback, and reflections.

The supervised research project constitutes a central learning method by providing immersive work-based training in translational science. The taught modules will be delivered using lectures, tutorials, presentations, discussions and online activities.

Teaching will generally be organised so that you obtain background information first, then explore the subject more deeply through presentations, discussions, exercises or practicals. You may obtain background knowledge through online or face-to-face lectures or through independent and self-directed study.

Our postgraduate courses in Translational Medicine equip graduates with expertise in bench-to-bedside pathways, genomic diagnostics and data analysis. The MSc and PGDip courses include additional training in clinical trials management, personalised medicine, population health and epidemiology.

By providing practical research experience and training in drug development, genomic diagnostics and data analysis, our Translational Medicine MRes equips you with skills that are in great demand in the life sciences sector.

According to the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, there is currently a skills shortage in translational medicine which requires complex understanding to bridge the gap between bench and bedside.

The MRes emphasises research and prepares you for transition to a PhD-level programme or for work in research and development of a pharmaceutical/biotechnology setting.

The MSc and PGDip courses emphasise taught modules and are designed to prepare you for professional roles related to the support, administration, funding, management or governance of translational research.

All applications must be submitted through our online application system.

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How to apply

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One year full-time

Application Deadline

30 June 2020

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