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St George's, University of London

Start dates

September 2021

Join the exciting, fast and interdisciplinary field of Translational Medicine and use cutting-edge research to develop new medicines, diagnostic tools or community practices.  

MSc: Become a self-reliant scientist 

Completing our MSc will help you develop into a confident and self-reliant scientist with extensive knowledge and understanding of translational science. You’ll be equipped for both academic study at a doctoral level, as well as for a career in research and development.  

MRes: Graduate as a resourceful researcher 

Our MRes is designed to turn you into a competent and resourceful researcher. It gives you the opportunity to pursue a range of extended research and technological skills, from developing an extended translational research project to gaining an advanced understanding of the fundamentals of genetics and genomics, and learning about the technology used in biomedical or translational research. 

PGCert & PGDip

Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma degrees in Translational Medicine are available that are shorter and cover a subset of the full-length degree components.

For more information about the course, watch the Translational Medicine Course Talk 2020.

Upcoming event: 

On 7 July we will be hosting a virtual Postgraduate Open Evening for prospective students. Find out more.

Covid-19 updates

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see the Covid-19 updates tab for further details of how this may affect this course.

Fees and funding

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Tuition Fees (Home) 2021

Full-time MRes


Full-time MSc


Full-time PgDip


Part-time PgCert

£2,000 per annum

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

Tuition fees (International and EU students) 2021

Full-time MRes £23,500

Full-time MSc 


Full-time PgDip


Part-time PgCert

£4,500 per annum

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

Additional costs

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.



Technology requirements

Find out more about technology requirements associated with online learning.

Funding your study

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

Find out more about fees and funding.

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This is the entry criteria for the 2021 academic year: 

  • undergraduate degree or equivalent

  • international qualifications

  • English language requirement.

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.

You can choose to study Translational Medicine at an MSc or MRes level.

Your modules will be delivered in lectures, tutorials, presentations, discussions, online activities.

MSc modules

On the MSc, you will study 7 taught modules, and then complete a 3-month research project. The MSc course will equip you for academic study and a career in research and development.

View the MSc module guide.

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Semester 1

  • Case Studies in Drug Discovery and Development (15 credits)

  • Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics (15 credits)

  • Research Methods and Management (15 credits)

  • Clinical Trials (15 credits)

Semester 2

  • Big Data in Biomedicine (30 credits)

  • Personalised Medicine (15 credits)

  • Population Health Research (15 credits)

Semester 3

  • Research Project (60 credits)

MRes modules

As the MRes has a greater focus on research, you’ll study four core taught modules during the first part of the year, with the remaining time focused entirely on project work. This course is designed to turn you into a resourceful researcher.

View the MRes module guide.

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Semester 1

  • Case Studies in Drug Discovery and Development (15 credits)

  • Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics (15 credits)

  • Research Methods and Management (15 credits)

  • Research Project (105 credits across all 3 semesters)

Semester 2

  • Big Data in Biomedicine (30 credits)

  • Research Project (105 credits across all 3 semesters)

Semester 3

  • Research Project (105 credits across all 3 semesters)

PGDip modules

The Postgraduate Diploma consists of seven taught modules listed for the MSc above, without a research project.

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Semester 1

  • Case Studies in Drug Discovery and Development (15 credits)

  • Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics (15 credits)

  • Research Methods and Management (15 credits)

  • Clinical Trials (15 credits)

Semester 2

  • Big Data in Biomedicine (30 credits)

  • Personalised Medicine (15 credits)

  • Population Health Research (15 credits)

PGCert modules

Students entering the Postgraduate Certificate programme are required to complete the following two taught “core” modules:

  • Case Studies in Drug Discovery and Development (15 credits)

  • Clinical Trails (15 credits)

Furthermore, students on the PGCert programme have to complete additional modules worth 30 credits, to be chosen from the following list:

  • Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics (15 credits)

  • Big Data in Biomedicine (30 credits)

  • Personalised Medicine (15 credits)

  • Population Health Research (15 credits)

Our postgraduate courses in Translational Medicine equip graduates with expertise in bench-to-bedside pathways, genomic diagnostics and data analysis.

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

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. 

Access career pathways 

The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries have helped us design the programme. This means you’ll be equipped with expertise in the relevant bioscience and bench-to-bedside development pathways. You’ll also gain technical knowledge to prepare you for a PhD-level programme and to participate in research and development in pharmaceutical and biotechnology settings.  

Address the skills shortage

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.

How to apply

Before beginning your application please check the entry criteria of the course you wish to study to ensure you meet the required standards.

Applications must be submitted through our online application system, which you can access below.

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Access our online application system

Select the relevant application link and create an account: 

  1. Once you've created an account, you will then be able to complete the application form and upload any relevant documents. You can save a partly completed form and return to it later. Please make sure you complete all sections. Please make sure that the information you provide is accurate, including the options you select in menus.

  2. Add to your address book to ensure you do not miss any important emails from us.

  3. When you have checked that your application is complete and accurate, click ‘submit’.

You can track your application through your online account.

Guidance for completing your references

When completing your application, you will be asked to provide contact details of two referees. Please ensure these details are accurate. As soon as you have submitted your application, your referees will be contacted by the university asking them to upload a reference to your online application.

One must be a recent academic reference. The other should be either a second academic reference or a professional/employer reference. They should cover your suitability for the course and your academic ability.

Your referees should know you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. We do not accept references from family, friends, partners, ex-partners or yourself.

We will send reminder emails to your referees but it is your responsibility to ensure that contact details are correct and referees are available to submit a reference. References should be uploaded within two weeks of making your application.

Covid-19 safety guidelines

  1. Get your shot 
    • Get vaccinated as soon as you can to protect yourself and others.
    • Vaccinations services are available in the Atkinson Morley Wing of St George's hospital.
  2. Wear a mask
    • Use a face covering when in communal or crowded areas to protect our community.
    • Type II masks are required on campus and available on site.
  3. Make space
    • Keep your distance when possible to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
  4. Take a test
    • Get tested twice a week to keep our community safe.
    • LFD test kits are available from the University reception Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 

Our priority is to keep our students and staff safe and support their wellbeing while protecting our community from the risks of Covid-19 on our site, based inside a hospital. We have listened to feedback and preferences from our student community about St George’s as a place to study. 

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course. 

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans, but our approach is designed to make it possible to continue with much of the on-campus teaching planned. If we do need to make changes, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email

We will also continue to update our frequently asked question page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available.

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Location of study

Any face-to-face teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London, on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting, with appropriate social distancing measures in place.

Course content

We are not making significant changes to the content of the Translational Medicine courses.

The programme includes laboratory-based research projects. These will be offered as planned in 2021/22 with appropriate social distancing measures in place.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change in the future, and this may restrict access to the campus. If that were to be the case in the spring of 2022, this would interfere with the ability of students to complete laboratory-based research projects; they would have to pursue exclusively data analysis projects instead.

How the course is being delivered

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place.

From September 2021 all students will primarily access their supporting learning materials via the Canvas virtual learning environment. Some lessons and all hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

Face-to-face and online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Tutoring support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will be online, using a range of communication methods such as telephone, email and Microsoft Teams.

We are not able, at this stage, to give a clear indication of how much taught content will be delivered online versus on-site.

Course length

We are expecting to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable students to progress through the one-year programme and graduate without delay.


During the 2020/21 academic year we have developed online assessments that could proceed regardless of whether students were attending the  site during the course. We expect that most of the format of most assessments will remain the same in 2021/22.

The specific format of assessment tasks can evolve from year to year as we improve the course and adapt to changing conditions but the learning outcomes that are being tested remain the same and we will be using the same criteria to assess student achievement. The university has processes in place to evaluate and agree any significant changes to assessments, using criteria that were developed to ensure that assessments remain fair, valid and reliable and do not disadvantage any student.

In order to maintain an inclusive and equitable approach that recognises, for example, challenging domestic circumstances and poor home internet connections, we recognise that students will need to find an appropriate environment in which to take online assessments and make sure that they have IT equipment and a reliable internet connection. This may not be possible for all students.

Our aim is to lend equipment to students if their own facilities are inadequate. We are also allowing students to apply to take their exam on-campus using a networked computer or laptop with Wi-Fi connectivity. Students can request assistance by contacting, ideally 4 weeks before their exam if they think they will have difficulties completing an assessment in an adequate environment.

Marking criteria for all assessment are made available to students in advance.

Extensive material on study skills is available for students on the Study+ section of the Canvas virtual learning environment. Teachers and course organisers are always available to answer questions about the module contents.

Learning Development specialists at St George's are offering MS Teams appointments to provide one-to-one support with a range of study issues, including effective study strategies, writing academic assignments and English language help.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page.

Students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet, to participate in online lectures, complete assessments and revise course content related to data analysis. A smart phone or tablet may not be sufficient to cover the required functionalities. Information is available on recommended device specification.

If students are worried they might struggle to meet these requirements, they should email so we can look at support options.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you if needed.

Term dates

Consenting to these changes

At enrolment or re-enrolment you consented to the changes we anticipated as a result of the pandemic, which were outlined on the ‘Covid-19 updates’ tab of your course page at:

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice and our need to anticipate changes to that advice. Our capacity to offer alternatives is therefore limited.

We do not feel that the changes will adversely affect students.  

If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance.

We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.  

Making a complaint

If you have concerns about the quality of course delivery, please raise these with your course team in the first instance.

If you wish to take a more formal route, guidance is available to you in our student concerns and complaints procedure.

“I have found online studying to be quite successful for me. You can interact with your peers and lecturers as you usually would, but all from the comfort of your home. ”

- Jennifer, Medicine (MBBS) student, 4th year

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One year full-time

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