MSc Human Molecular Genetics

Practical training in human molecular genetics, genomics and precision medicine

Key information

1 year full-time

Start date
October 2017

Information on tuition fees 2017-18

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Please see note below regarding changes to the format of the programme in the 2017-2018 academic year.

The MSc in Human Molecular Genetics provides fundamental and practical training in human molecular genetics, genomics and precision medicine, using advanced molecular and bioinformatic techniques to prepare students for a career in basic science and translational research.

Programme structure

Six months taught, six-month research project.

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a good honours degree in a science subject, including biology, medicine, biochemical sciences, genetics or a related subject.  Although a science degree is preferred, we will also consider students from the humanities and social sciences.

  • Students on this course will usually have a 2.1 or first class undergraduate degree from a UK university or an equivalent overseas qualification.
  • Candidates with a medical or nursing degree, or with other training backgrounds, can also be very successful on this course.
  • Students with English as a second language will require an English qualification to attend this intensive one-year MSc course, equivalent to IELTS with an overall score 7 or above and a minimum of 6.5 in all other elements (including writing and speaking).

Is this programme for you?

This programme is aimed at students with a science degree or medical training with a passion for genetics, genomics and precision medicine, who wish to pursue a career in basic science or health-related translational and clinical research.

The programme is designed to prepare students for a career in genetics (clinical or research), either in mammalian gene function and genetic disease, or molecular approaches to diagnosis, or healthcare biotechnology. It provides grounding in human genetic theory and methods applied to medical research, with emphasis on molecular techniques and integrated genomic data analysis, to provide a solid basis for subsequent academic or industrial research, or for entry to NHS Genetics training.

Career prospects

Approximately 50% of our students go on to do a PhD, 25% become research assistants/associates, while others go on to jobs in industry or further studies (bioinformatics/ computing, medicine). Typically one or two students every year enter the NHS in clinical genetics training posts.

Key benefits

  • Intensive one-year training
  • Regular interaction with academic staff
  • Development of scientific creativity and academic confidence
  • 6-month research project with leading scientists to consolidate theory and practical expertise

Student prize winner profiles

Each year the Dean's prize is awarded to an exceptional student on each of our Master's courses. Find out more from the prize winners for this course.

Faculty of Medicine Masters Scholarships

Programme developments for 2017/18

From September 2017, some new key features and enhancements will be added to the programme.

As of 2017/18 the programme will be made up of modules and will have credit attached to them to become ‘modular’.

Credit will be assigned to each module to clarify the link between learning and assessment and will be beneficial to students.  It will also align more closely to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Each module of study will act as a building block of learning, on a certain subject area and enable you to build on your learning and to be assessed on each block of learning, all before you commence your research project.  

Each module will be assessed independently.  The assessments are likely to consist of a mixture of different types of assessment suitable to the module content, which may include quizzes, essays, multiple choice, exams coursework, lab reports, presentations, and group assignments.   

The information about the programme structure will be updated during 2016/17 and if you apply for the programme and are made an offer we will keep you up-to-date by email. Please do look at the current programme handbook and specification to learn more about the content of the programme which will remain mostly the same.

We look forward to receiving your application.

If you have any questions about the planned changes for 2017/18 please contact Deborah Jones (Programme Administrator). 

Register now for our Hammersmith Campus PG Open Evening,  Monday 3rd April where you will have the opportunity to hear more about the course, meet current students and tour the teaching facilities. Full details can be found on the registration page.