Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine MSc

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

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £11,850
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,000

Application date

  • UK/EU applicants: 1 August 2014
  • Overseas applicants: 30 June 2014

More details in Application section.

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 teaching is provided by academics from the UCL Division of Biosciences and the School of Pharmacy offering tuition, research opportunities in internationally recognised laboratories and an appreciation of the multi-disciplinary nature of Biosciences research.

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.

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
  • Human Genetics in context
  • 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 laboratory or computer-based 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:

Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.

MSc Neuroscience Departmental Scholarship

These awards are based on academic merit and/or financial need.

MSc Genetics of Human Disease - UGI Masters Excellence Scholarships

This Scholarship is specifically design for those students who are experiencing financial hardship.

MSc in Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

Based on financial need

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2014 for international applicants and 1 August 2014 for UK/EU applicants.

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 and healthcare organisations, where an advanced training in laboratory genetic techniques as well as bioinformatic and statistical experience will be of value.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • University of Liverpool, Research Assistant, 2012
  • Geneix, a London-based health-tech startup company, 2012


This programme covers a broad spectrum and opens avenues for careers in Biomedical Sciences, the Biotech industry, the industry of manufacturers of analytical instruments, clinical laboratiories and clinicians interested in moving towards a scientific career. Students will obtain a thorough grasp of the role taht human genetic variation has on the drug design and the drug development pathway and methods for the discovery and testing of relevant pharmacogenetic variants. We expect graduates to move into PhDs, or and also to build careers in industry or in the context of clinical trials. Some of our graduates enter a research career by undertaking and completing PhDs and working as a research associate/scientists in academia and pharmaceutical industry, while others enter careers with clinical genetic diagnostic servises. Those of our graduates with a prior medical training often utilise their new skills in career as clinical geneticists.

Next steps


Ms Susan Walsh

T: +44 (0)20 7679 4168


Division of Biosciences

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