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Molecules in Medicine, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 9 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
The Molecules in Medicine programme offered by The Open University UK surveys a prominent area of contemporary medical science: the molecular understanding of disease and its use in the design of drugs to treat different disease states and conditions.

About

You’ll be introduced to a range of drug therapy topics, including heart disease, infectious diseases (including bacterial and viral), cancer, and neuropharmacology. You will also have the opportunity to undertake independent research, culminating in the production of a literature review which is excellent preparation for the MSc project module (S810). 

This subject is of fundamental importance in medical therapy, because it enables potential drug intervention strategies to be identified and the drugs to be designed. Such drugs, designed to help the body to cope with transient or chronic disease, can both enhance quality of life and increase longevity.

The Molecules in Medicine programme offered by The Open University UK is designed to enable you to develop a broad and balanced appreciation of these areas of contemporary medicine, rather than a detailed ‘professional’ knowledge. You will study two introductory topics which give a broad overview of the key scientific concepts and then study four topics (heart disease, infectious diseases - both bacterial and viral, cancer and neuropharmacology) in more detail.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 9 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

The aims of the module are to:

  • introduce higher-level study of the molecular aspects of drug action, particularly in areas at the forefront of research
  • develop the skills appropriate to study at masters level, so that you can both articulate your understanding of the molecular basis of drug action and apply the same skills to other areas of study
  • develop communication skills using poster presentations and online forums
  • develop the use of IT skills in the interpretation and dissemination of scientific information.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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Academic Requirements

  • To register for any of the science masters courses you must normally hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in science or a science-related subject. An undergraduate degree in the areas of chemistry, physics, biology and medicine would be preferred. 
  • As this module deals with medicinal chemistry, knowledge of chemistry, and especially organic chemistry, would be particularly helpful. 
  • If you have other study or experience that you believe equips you to study at postgraduate level you can still apply, but must supply evidence of that study or experience
  • You will also need good computing skills (e.g. able to search the Web, use email and use word processing packages).

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