Human Molecular Genetics
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Human Molecular Genetics

Train in the theory and application of human genetics to prepare for a research career.

Train in the theory and application of human genetics to prepare for a research career

Gain hands-on experience in the field through intensive laboratory work and computer practicals

Develop your skills on a full-time research project exploring an area of genetics study

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in biochemical sciences, genetics or another science-based subject

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Course overview

Train in the theory and application of human genetics to prepare for a research career on this Master's course

You'll develop expertise in molecular genetics, human health and disease research and receive a broad theoretical and applied grounding in human genetics.

The programme of study also explores recent advances in the field, and will develop your practical laboratory and computer skills relating to bioinformatics and genomics.

You'll also apply your knowledge on a six-month novel research project designed to assess your critical understanding of topics covered on the course.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll take all of these core modules.

Core modules

Build your research skills on a six-month novel project in one of our participating laboratories, with input from two supervisors.

You'll implement, critically assimilate and extend all that you have learned during the programme, with work assessed by a thesis and oral examination.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Study groups
  • People collaborating and completing practical work.
    Practical laboratory classes
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • BL-embedded Qualitrics surveys
  • Field trips
  • Research project
  • Recorded lectures available online
    Lecture recordings
  • Placement
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • Workshops

Balance of assessment


  • Taught modules
  • Research project

  • 50% Taught modules
  • 50% Research project

Assessment methods

  • Person engaging with a business simulation activity
    Online exercises
  • Essays
  • Journal clubs
  • Lab performance
  • Oral examination
  • Person giving feedback
    Peer formative assessment methods
  • Person making a presentation
  • Research dissertation
  • Study groups
  • Person participating in classroom discussion.
    Tutorial discussions
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examination

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry



The Dean’s Master’s Scholarships

Value per award

  • £10,000

Who it's for

  • All students applying to study a Faculty of Medicine Master’s programme beginning in October 2024
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The Dr Jean Alero Thomas Scholarships

Value per award

  • Partial or full tuition fee at the Home rate

Who it's for

  • All students applying to study a Faculty of Medicine lab-based Master’s programme beginning in October 2024
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How will studying at Imperial help my career?

DNA strand with magnifying glass

Gain transferable skills relevant to further studies in human molecular genetics or a career in medicine.

Chemistry research on computer screen

These include scientific written and presentational communication skills.

Graduate Cap above rolled Degree

Our graduates often pursue further study in master's programs or doctoral research.

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Up to 50% of students go on to do a PhD.

Magnifying glass over a research paper

Approximately 25% become research assistants or associates.

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Others enter industry or pursue further education in bioinformatics and computing.


The NHS typically hires one or two clinical genetics students every year for training positions.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications