MRes in Translational Medicine

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Translational Medicine allows experimental findings in the research laboratory to be converted into real benefit for the health and well-being of the patient, through the development of new innovative diagnostic tools and therapeutic approaches.

Duration:        1 year Full-Time or 2-3 years Part-Time
Closing Date:  18 September 2015 (Late applications may be considered if places are available)


Course Content

The main objective of the MRes Programme in Translational Medicine is to provide high quality candidates with the research rigour, innovation culture and the leadership skills to be at the forefront of this translational revolution. Students will receive expert training in all aspects of translational medicine including how new experimental findings are translated into treatments for patients; the experimental steps in the process, the development of innovative solutions, management and leadership skills and an appreciation of marketing and financial aspects of translational medicine through interaction with business leaders and scientists from Biotech and Pharma   

This research intensive programme incorporates a 38 week research project in an area selected by the student in consultation with the research project co-ordinator. student selected area.

QUB has an international reputation in translational medicine, achieved through the recognised metrics of high impact peer review publications, significant international research funding, the generation of exploitable novel intellectual property and the establishment of successful spin-out biotech companies. This ethos of innovation was recently recognised with the award of the Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year.

There are two core courses in the first semester which all students will take.  In the second semester, students will be expected to choose one of three streams: Cancer, Cardiovascular Medicine or Infection and Immunity.  

Topics covered in core courses in first semester:

  • Genomic Medicine
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Business Skills and Entrepreneurship
  • Concept to Commercialization
  • Clinical trial design in Translational Medicine

Specialist and translational modules in the second semester (Students select 1 of 3):

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Infection and Immunity.

Research Project: 38 weeks research undertaken in one of 2 Research Centres:

  • Cancer Research & Cell Biology
  • Infection & Immunity
  • Vision & Vascular Science

Research Dissertation: Write up of the research

Students will be expected to choose their research project in the first week of the course in the first semester.  There will be opportunities to meet with the proposed supervisors of the projects during this week.

At the end of the research project students will write a research dissertation on the work they have performed.  It is intended that this dissertation will form the basis of a future research publication.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant biological subject is required. Evidence of equivalent professional qualifications (MBBS, BDS or BVSc) or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview.

English Language:

  • an IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components: Elements of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing and achieved within the last 2 years;
  • a TOEFL score of 90+ (internet based test), taken within the last 2 years, with minimum component scores of Listening – 20, Reading – 19, Speaking – 21 and Writing – 20;
  • a valid certificate of Proficiency in English grade A or B;
  • a valid certificate of Advanced English grade A; or
  • a first or upper class honours degree from a university in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitability quality assured location in a country deemed by the UK Border Agency to be a majority English speaking.


Tuition Fees

For further information on Tuition Fees and payment options please refer to the University's webpages for Tuition Fees.

Sources of Funding

International Scholarships

Queen’s University will be offering a number of exciting scholarships to talented international students. The latest information will be available on this website early in 2015.  Please refer to the University’ International Scholarship webpages for further details.

US Loans

Please refer to the US Federal loan webpages to find out if you are eligible.

Other Sources of Funding

For information on other potential sources of funding please refer to the University’s Postgraduate Funding webpages .

How to Apply

Candidates should make applications through the Universities Online Admissions portal

Guidance is available on the University’s Prospective Student pages.

Closing Date: 15 August 2015

When applying please choose 'Medicine’ as your subject area/School.

For further advice on the application process at QUB please contact:

Admissions and Access Service
Lanyon North
Queen’s University Belfast
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5081


Further Information

Professor Mark Lawler
Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology
Telephone:  +00 (44) 028 9097 2931

Further Information for International Students

The University welcomes International Students each year.  Candidates may find the University’s  International Student Support Office webpages useful for finding out more about living and studying in Belfast.

Once you have applied and accepted your place at the University you mayfind the University’s Admissions webpage for new students webpages of interest.  These webpages contain useful information which will assist you in making the necessary arrangements prior to coming to Belfast to study.

Graduate Prospects

The MRes in Translational Medicine will equip students with the appropriate skills to be at the forefront of the translational medicine revolution in academia, in the hospital environment and in the biotech/pharmaceutical industries. An unrivalled exposure to the financial, management and entrepreneurial aspects of translational research will expedite their ability to exploit commercial opportunities in these innovation-rich sectors. It will also provide graduates with the skill set and academic rigor necessary to progress to a PhD in a biomedical discipline.

“The MRes course offers a solid foundation in translational research which in my experience is equally applicable to academic and industrial career paths.”

Professor Richard Kennedy MB, BCh, BAO, BSc, PhD, FRCP
Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology.
Medical Director, Almac Diagnostics
McClay Professor and Reader in Experimental Cancer Medicine,


Intercalated Opportunities

Intercalated applications for starting in September 2015 are now closed. Intercalated applications for 2016/17 will open in Autumn 2015


This Masters can be taken by students wishing to intercalate following the third year medical or dental examinations.  The School are offering up to 10 competitive Intercalated Scholarships to complete a Masters programme.  The Scholarships, up to the value of £6500.00 each and will cover the Tuition Fees and a Bursary. 

Terms of Intercalated Scholarships (including eligibility):

  1. Students must be a registered medical or dental students at Queen’s University.
  2. Must have successfully completed, or be due to complete, third year medical or dental examinations on the first attempt with an overall classification of a 2.1
  3. Must have applied online to undertake the Bioinformatics & Computational Genomics, Clinical Anatomy, MPH or the MRes as intercalated degrees by 31 January 2015.
  4. The scholarships will be competitive and will be awarded on the basis of academic rankings used to calculate distinctions at the end of year two. 

Application process

  1. Students should apply via the Queen’s on–line portal
  2. You will automatically be considered for one of the Intercalated Scholarships using the above criteria.


Please click here for further information on Intercalated degrees.