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Molecular and Cellular Medicine MSc by Research

University of Oxford

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

As a student on the MSc by Research in Molecular and Cellular Medicine you will spend up to three years (six years for part-time students) in one of the department's many research groups, working on a project supervised by the group's principal investigator. You will take part in the extensive training programme specifically organised for graduate students within the department.

Your training will be tailored to your particular needs, drawing from the vast range of training available at Oxford and covering specialist scientific methods, techniques and transferable skills. Please note that there is no formal taught component of the MSc (by Research) in Molecular and Cellular Medicine; however, you will develop your research skills through a range of research training in your first year. This will include compulsory attendance to core subjects with lectures on a variety of topics such as an introduction to “immunology, inflammation, tissue engineering, clinical trial design, epidemiology, rheumatology, orthopaedics and musculoskeletal disease”.

During your first year, you will be expected to attend a minimum of three topic-related modules. Attendance on a two-day Data Analysis. Statistics Designing Clinical Research and Biostatistics course is compulsory to assist you with appropriate research design. You are also encouraged to work with your supervisor(s) on your research-specific literature review and to develop a study design for your thesis within the first term (within two terms for part-time students) of your research training.

You will be required to attend and present at postgraduate seminars, not only to develop your presentation skills but also to benefit from the feedback, support and interaction from your University peers and senior academics.

As a member of Medical Sciences Graduate School, you will be entitled to attend various workshops run by the Medical Sciences Skills Training programme. Further academic and pastoral support will be provided for by the Departmental Graduate Studies Team which consist of the Director of Graduate Studies as well as the departmental Graduate Studies Officer and Assistant. Further support is available from your college advisor.


Your progress will be monitored and assessed regularly via.

completion of a termly report by you and your supervisor(s) through Graduate Supervision Reporting (GSR);
completion of a 500-word transfer report, presentation and viva before the end of your fourth term (eighth term for part-time students);
completion of a 3,000-word literature review by the end of the seventh term (students based in the Kennedy Institute only - fourteenth term for part-time students); and
submission of your MSc thesis (the final stage), which will be assessed by viva at the end of your ninth term (eighteenth term for part-time students)

Stages 2 and 4 will be assessed by independent senior academics.

Graduate destinations

The department follows alumni to establish the career paths of graduates. The majority of graduating DPhil and MSc by Research students go on to pursue research careers in academic institutions or industry. Graduates also pursue careers in management, consulting, teaching, with science funding organisations, charities, and in scientific publishing/editing. A number of graduates have set up their own businesses (eg in editing).

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 27,460per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Oxford

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  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    2nd out of 103

    3rd out of 35 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    199 87%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84 84%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    214 88%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    97 97%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.42 88%



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