MSc Human Molecular Genetics
Practical training in human molecular genetics, genomics and precision medicine
1 year full-time
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.
Six months taught, six-month research project.
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.
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.
- 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.
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Programme developments for 2017/18
The programme structure for 2017/18 has been updated during 2016/17 academic year. Please check the new programme specification document and new module outlines attached to this page. The attached Handbook is for the current year (2016/17) and does not reflect programme changes for 2017/18. The Handbook for 2017/18 will be made available on this site in October 2017 and will reflect the new modular structure and improvements to the programme.
- MSc Human Molecular Genetics Programme Specification (pdf)
- MSc Human Molecular Genetics module outlines (pdf)
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).