MSc Human and Molecular Genetics
Following the sequencing of the Human Genome and emerging ideas of personalised medicine becoming a tangible goal, this MSc is a great starting point for students considering a career in medical genetics, or any branch of molecular biology research. This MSc will provide an excellent training in practical molecular biology techniques for biology graduates who have had limited laboratory experience during their first degree, providing you with excellent research and clinical training to support your future career in molecular bioscience.
Graduates from this course go on to great careers. Here are just a few examples:
About the course
If you are fascinated by medical genetics and you are keen to get hands on experience, but your undergraduate BSc degree provided limited practical experience, then this course is for you.
The course is particularly suited to candidates who are especially interested in human genetics and how human genetic diseases are diagnosed clinically at the chromosome and DNA levels.
The course will provide you with an understanding of what causes genome instability and genetic change and an opportunity to put your expertise into practice. The Medical Genetics Laboratory Project is designed to integrate and apply this knowledge to the diagnosis and prognosis of human genetic diseases and cancer.
For entry into this MSc course, candidates must hold a first class or second class BSc honours degree, or equivalent university qualification in a molecular biology related subject (e.g. Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, Microbiology). Candidates with professional experience may also be considered following interview.
Fees and funding
Up-to-date fees can be found on the University's postgraduate webpages:
There are various sources of funding that could help you with your postgraduate studies, and for international students there are a number of scholarships available:
The Human and Molecular Genetics MSc lasts for one academic year, which is split over two semesters and includes seven modules. The course begins in September and includes nine months of laboratory experience and research, lectures and seminars, essay writing and a final dissertation.
Laboratory Skills in Molecular Bioscience (semester one)
Medical Genetics Research Project (semester two)
Lecture and seminar modules
Human Genetics I (semester one)
Medical Genetics Literature Review (semester one)
Advanced Research Topics (semesters one and two)
Human Genetics II (semester two)
Genome Stability and Genetic Change (semester two)