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Dr Angela C Poulter
Tel: 020 7679 6050
Institute for Women's Health
2nd floor Room 210
86-96 Chenies Mews
London - WC1E 6HX
MSc Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine
The MSc was set up in 1996 aimed at those wishing to pursue careers in fetal medicine, IVF and reproductive genetics. In 2009 we established an additional MSc programme in Reproductive Science and Women’s Health to complement the Fetal Medicine MSc. The programme has an international reputation as it is taught by leaders in the field and many of our past students have gone on to highly successful careers.
The programme aims to provide a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the field of prenatal genetics and fetal medicine, specifically in the areas of basic genetics, gametogenesis, preimplantation development and IVF, genetic mechanisms, organogenesis and fetal development, prenatal diagnosis and screening, medical genetics, fetal medicine, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis and developing technologies.
As well as the theory of these topics, throughout the programme we teach key skills that you will need in your careers such as research, written and oral communication, peer-assessment skills, IT skills and laboratory techniques such as PCR and FISH. These key skills are learnt through patient studies, paper and grant application reviews, oral presentations, debates, student-lead tutorials and laboratory sessions.
Uniquely we offer observation days in the fetal medicine and IVF units and provide a suitable environment for a clinical or laboratory based research project where a specific area of novel research can be explored and presented in the form of a dissertation (MSc students only).
By completion of the course the MSc and PG Diploma students should be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding in theoretical clinical and laboratory aspects of prenatal genetics and fetal medicine
- demonstrate transferable skills including information technology, analysis of scientific papers, essay writing, seminar presentation, research techniques, peer review, laboratory skills and dissertation writing (MSc students only).
This will prepare science-orientated students to go on to pursue a PhD, or a career in embryology or prenatal diagnosis and medically-orientated students to develop their careers in the field of fetal medicine. For more information on career destinations of our graduate students, see our Employability pages
Availability: Full-time one year (flexible two-five years)
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible study two–five years) is offered.
Each module is run over a three-week period. Taught modules run in Autumn, Spring and Summer Term until early June. The project module (MSc students only) runs from early June to early September.
In addition to core module teaching, there is a full induction week at the start of term, statistics and research methods seminars to assist you in preparation for your project, and six careers afternoons spread across the year.
Throughout the course, all students also have observation days in IVF and Fetal Medicine units.
All core module teaching takes place at the UCL IfWH building at 86-96 Chenies Mews or at nearby buildings on the Bloomsbury campus. There is a dedicated student computer room with networked PCs and an IfWH common room which students are welcome to use.
You will receive a handbook for each module, which will include the timetable for all your classes, reading lists, summative assessment details, and information on tutorials questions, formative assessment, and other learning activity topics. You are expected to prepare in advance for these sessions. The objective is to ensure that you have a real understanding of the course, through discussion and presentation on key subjects and training in peer assessment.
More information on each module is accessible below. Please note that the details of each module are subject to change.
|Basic Genetics (IFWHG015)|
|Gametogenesis, Preimplantation Development and IVF (IFWHG011)|
Genetic Mechanisms (IFWHG010)
|Medical Genetics (IFWHG009)|
|Organogenesis and Fetal Development (IFWHG004)|
|Prenatal Diagnosis and Screening (IFWHG006)|
|Fetal and Perinatal Medicine (IFWHG012)|
|Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Developing Technology (IFWHG005)|
|Research Project and Dissertation (IFWHG099)|
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in genetics, biological or biomedical sciences, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, or a medical qualification (MBBS) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English Language is adequate. This is essential as all summative assessments require excellent writing skills. TOEFL and IELTS certificates can only be accepted if obtained within two years of the start date of the programme. Details of all acceptable English tests and UCL's English language proficiency requirements can be found in the online UCL Graduate Prospectus
How to apply
Complete the online application form.
The deadline for applications is 29 July 2016 but the course is usually provisionally full by April. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for medical and science based students from a relevant discipline who wish to specialise in this field and develop the transferable skills required in scientific and clinical careers, such as oral and poster presentations, writing scientific documents, IT skills, and laboratory techniques such as PCR, FISH and arrays.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine at graduate level
- why you want to study Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
International students should particularly visit the International Student Support webpages.
Studying on an MSc programme at UCL IfWH is an academically intense and challenging experience that requires time and commitment. Our students benefit from the truly international blend of scientists, clinicians, and nurse specialists studying alongside them on the programmes. The programmes provide an excellent forum for interaction, knowledge and skill transfer and the opportunity to develop lifelong global networks.
What our students say….
These two videos give a sense of students’ views on their experience of our MSc progammes.
If you would like to contact a current student, please email the Graduate Administrator who will put you in touch with a student on the programme you are interested in.
For more information about the career destinations of our students after award of their MSc degree, go to our Employability pages
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