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Genetics of Human Disease MSc

The Genetics of Human Disease MSc aims to provide scientists and clinicians with an in-depth knowledge of the role of genetics in human disease and how this can be applied to improve healthcare through the development and application of diagnostic tests and therapeutic agents.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Tuition fees (2017/18)

UK/EU:
£13,770 (FT)
Overseas:
£25,890 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

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

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree information

The programme provides a thorough grounding in modern approaches to the understanding of the genetics of disease. Core modules provide a broad coverage of the genetics of disease, research skills and social aspects, whilst specialised modules and the research project allow more in-depth analysis in areas of genetics.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma consisting of, five core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) is offered, full-time nine months.

A Postgraduate Certificate consisting of four core modules (60 credits) is offered, full-time three months.

Core modules

  • Advanced Human Genetics: Research Principles
  • Human Genetics in Context
  • Understanding Bioinformatic Resources and their Applications
  • Core Skills
  • Basic Statistics for Medical Sciences

Optional modules

  • Genetics of Cardiovascular Related Complex Diseases
  • Genetics of Neurological Diseases
  • Statistics for Interpreting Genetic Data

Dissertation/report

Students undertake an original research project investigating topical questions in genetics which culminates in a dissertation of 16,000 - 18,000 words and an oral presentation.

Teaching and learning

Students develop their knowledge and understanding of genetics of human diseases through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations and journal clubs. Taught modules are assessed by unseen written examination and/or, written reports, oral presentations and coursework. The research project is assessed by the dissertation and oral presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the UCL Genetics Institute website.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Genetics of Human Disease MSc

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Advanced training in laboratory genetic techniques as well as bioinformatic and statistical experience positions graduates well for PhD 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, or jobs related to genetics in healthcare organisations.

Employability

The MSc in Genetics of Human Disease facilitates acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant to a career in research in many different biomedical disciplines. About half of our graduates enter a research career by undertaking and completing PhDs and working as research associates/scientists in academia. Some of our graduates go on to jobs in the pharmaceutical industry, while others enter careers with clinical genetic diagnosis services, particularly in molecular genetics, in healthcare organisations ands hospitals around the world. Those graduates with a prior medical training often utilise their new skills as clinical geneticists.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is in a unique position to offer both the basic science and application of modern genetics to improve human health. The programme is a cross-faculty initiative with teaching from across the School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS) at UCL.

Students will be based at the UCL Genetics Institute (UGI) which is a world-leading centre which develops and applies biostatistical and bioinformatic approaches to human and population genetics. Opportunities to conduct laboratory or computational based research projects are available in the laboratories of world-leading geneticists affiliated to the UGI.

Department: Division of Biosciences

Student / staff numbers › 178 staff › 121 taught students › 289 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Biosciences
82% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Student view

"UCL is a leading university in this field, it was the obvious choice to further my education. In addition to this the campus is in a prime location for exploring London."

William Baird

Genetics of Human Disease MSc

Application and next steps

Applications

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 suitable for students who wish to progress to a PhD in Genetics of Human Disease or related subjects, those who wish to employ bioinformatics for interpreting genetics data in academia or healthcare organisations and those who wish to enter employment at an advanced level in industry or the public sector in the field of human genetics.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 July 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

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