• Application Deadline
  • 9 months
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.
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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). 

What you will study

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
  • More information Go to the programme website

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:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • You must normally hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in science or a science-related subject.
  • If you can supply evidence of other study or experience that you believe equips you to study this module, you may still apply. Our admissions panel will review your application. 
  • All teaching is in English. We recommend you have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3590 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3590 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3590 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3590 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
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