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Diploma in Molecular Medicine - Trinity College Dublin Ireland

Diploma in Molecular Medicine - Introduction

Molecular Medicine is set to play an increasingly important role in the practice of medicine and research in the biological, medical and pharmaceutical/life science arenas and this will have broad ramifications on society and the economy. These require significant nfrastructural capacity, key among these being trained personnel. Individuals conversant with key developments in Molecular Medicine will be required in the clinical, research and industrial arenas. Biotech companies need a cadre of individuals trained to the highest degree in the life sciences at all levels of management. So too will individuals who wish to undertake entrepreneurial business developments. The issue of adequate training of personnel in science is a national concern that our programmes in Molecular Medicine
seek to address.

Like the MSc this can be held over a one year full time or two year part time basis. The Diploma offers a comprehensive and contemporary overview of the area, given by experts in their fields and provides students with the knowledge to evaluate the literature and perform independent research.

The postgraduate Diploma has the same high standards of the MSc. but does not require a commitment of three months full time laboratory work. This makes it ideal for candidates in established careers with limited available time.


Reflecting our continuous innovation, this year sees the introduction of the Masters in Molecular Medicine; Eurolife Joint Programme in Translational and Experimental Medicine (JPTEM), which is a research intensive option involving a 3–6 month placement in a laboratory of a participating Eurolife partner institution (which includes the Universities of Edinburgh, Leiden, Goettingen, Barcelona, Dublin and the Karolinska Institute; see


The Diploma in Molecular Medicine intends to provide the student with an understanding of:

  • Basic cellular and molecular biology
  • The integration of Molecular and Cellular Biology in relation to human disease
  • The human genome at a Molecular Level
  • The Utilization of knowledge on the molecular basis of human disease in planning and design of novel therapies
  • The molecular Basis of human genetic disease

In addition we will provide a platform in which students can choose from a
number of specialised topics including:

  • Technologies employed in human molecular genetics
  • The molecular basis of common human malignancies
  • The ethical and legal aspects of molecular medicine as it impinges on clinical practice
  • Infectious agents, biological and clinical implications


Students will select a total of twelve units of lectures from a broad selection of options at core and advanced levels. They will choose a minimum of four units of basic courses and six units from advanced courses with two other units chosen from either advanced or basics modules. A selection of other units will be offered on an optional basis. The will complete a minimum of 100 contact hours during the course of the Programme. The will also complete a review of a chosen topic with the field of Molecular Medicine.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma Programme may
transfer to the Masters Programme subject to availablity.

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Last updated 21 September 2016 by Molecular Medicine (Email).