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 genetic diagnostic laboratories, 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.
Please note that due to the demand for places on this course, we have now closed applications for the year 2014/2015. We are therefore now taking applications for the couse starting in Autumn 2015.
About the course
If you are fascinated by molecular 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 molecular genetics and how human genetic diseases are diagnosed at the chromosome and DNA level.
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 Human 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.
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 MSc course lasts for one academic year from September to August and includes at least six months of laboratory experience.
Laboratory modules and literature review
Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Bioscience
Human Genetics Laboratory Project – find out more
Lecture and seminar modules
As part of each lecture based module students are required to submit a formal literature review of the subject area. This provides each student with an excellent opportunity to display and apply their knowledge of the topics covered in each module.
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