Molecular Therapeutics / Molecular Medicine (Intercalated)

The Intercalated Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSci) Degree at Barts has been running for 24 years taking in its first students in 1992. BMedSci is taken by a proportion of undergraduate medical or dental students who have completed the second, third or fourth of their MB BS studies. Students taking this course can specialise in either Molecular Therapeutics or Molecular Medicine, which are both popular and successful. We all believe that these two interlinked courses continue to prepare medical students for research and clinical practice and have a unique and successful flavour through their many common elements. The Molecular Therapeutics core has more of a flavour of pharmacology and clinical therapeutics; the Molecular Medicine course focuses more on immunology and molecular biology.

To date, we have graduated over 500 students with a BMedSci degree. The School has been delighted with their results:

  • 190+ 1st Class Degrees
  • 340+ Upper 2nd Class Degrees
  • 32 Lower 2nd Class Degrees


The one-year BMedSci degree course at Barts offers students the opportunity to study core components of medical science in an initial three-month core module phase. Following the core module phase is a six-month optional module in areas as diverse as Clinical/Vascular Pharmacology, Inflammation and Therapeutics, Immunology, Medical Genetics, Forensic Science and Endocrinology.

The overall aim of the core course is to build a framework of concepts, methods and skills that by the end of the course will enable students to understand the issues and skills employed in assessing, gathering and communicating biomedical scientific information. The core module provides students with an introductory framework for understanding the approaches and methods used in biomedical and clinical research. The exact combination of core modules depends on which stream of the BMedSci is being followed. Main sections cover Molecular Medicine, Therapeutics, Immunology, Imaging Science and Ethics and Law in Medical Research.  In parallel, a section entitled Biosciences and Informatics is concerned with related common methods and issues. These include the accessing and communication of scientific information, the concepts and methodologies employed in research and the related statistical methods used in data acquisition, analysis and interpretation. Some fundamentals of pharmacological science are introduced in the section. Students will develop skills in the use of the important software tools required for practical purposes.

For further programme information, including details on how to apply, please visit the QMUL course finder.

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