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Contact details

Mrs Sue Walsh

Email: susan.walsh@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4168

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£11,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£22,250 (FT)

International Students: The UCL Genetics Institute offers two competitive UGI Master's Prize Scholarships of £2,000 each

For further information on these scholarships please: see this link

For further information on other scholarships please visit the UCL Scholarships website (see link below).

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

More information

Prospectus Entry

Biosciences (Division of)

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine MSc

This Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine MSc brings together the academic and clinical strengths of pharmacology, biochemistry and genetics at UCL in this rapidly growing area of science.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students gain an in-depth knowledge of the pharmacology of drugs; the consequences of drug treatment; the analysis and statistical methods used to study population groups and how this knowledge can be applied to improve human health, drug efficacy and alleviate human disease, and develop the skills necessary for independent research.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL conducts internationally recognised research in the fields of pharmacology, biochemistry and human genetics and is in a unique position to offer both the basic science and application of pharmacogenetics to improve human health, including multi-disciplinary outreach across the university.

The Division of Biosciences offers tuition, research opportunities in internationally recognised laboratories and an appreciation of the multi-disciplinary nature of Biosciences research.

Students have the advantages of studying in a multi-faculty university with a long tradition of excellence, situated within the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Clinical Applications of Pharmacogenetic Tests
  • Drug Discovery I
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Basic Statistics for Medical Sciences
  • Advanced Human Genetics (II)
  • Henry Stewart online lectures on Principles of Human Genetics


  • Drug Discovery II
  • Immunopharmacology
  • Computational and Systems Biology
  • Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Genetics of Neurological Disease
  • Statistics for Interpreting Genetic Data
  • Anticancer Personalised Medicines
  • Pharmacogenetics, Adverse Drug Reactions and Biomarkers


Students undertake an original research project investigating topical questions in pharmacogenetics which culminates in a dissertation of up to 12,000 words and an oral presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations and journal clubs. Assessment is through unseen written examination, written reports, oral presentations and examinations, coursework and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences or related subject area, or medical discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with an appropriate professional qualification and relevant work experience may also apply.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 30 June for international applicants and 3 August for UK/EU applicants. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for those with undergraduate qualifications in the life sciences, individuals from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, scientists and clinicians. The knowledge and transferable skills developed in the course will be suitable for those in an industrial or healthcare setting, as well as those contemplating further PhD studies.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine at graduate level
  • why you want to study Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a this rigorous 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.


Students emerge well versed in the different tools and scientific disciplines which will allow them to make full use of the wide-ranging genetic discoveries that have happened over the past decade and will increasingly inform our understanding of human biology and disease. This positions them well for studentships in laboratories using genetic techniques to examine diseases such as heart disease, cancer and neurological disorders. Another large group will seek research jobs in the pharmaceutical industry, where an advanced training in laboratory genetic techniques as well as bioinformatic and statistical experience will be of value.

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