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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£12,205 (FT)
£23,690 (FT)

Application deadlines

UK/EU applicants:
31 July 2015
Overseas applicants:
30 June 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

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.

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

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.

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).

A Postgraduate Diploma comprising of three core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits) is available.

A Postgraduate Certificate comprising of five modules (75 credits) is available.

Core Modules

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


  • Drug Discovery II
  • Pharmacology of Inflammation
  • 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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine MSc


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

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)- NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY

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

GREAT-UCL India Scholarship

£10,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

MSc Genetics of Human Disease - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

£2,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on financial need

MSc in Genetics of Human Disease - Masters Excellence Scholarship

UK/EU Fees plus stipend (1)
UK, EU students

MSc in Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

£2,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on financial need

MSc Neuroscience Departmental Scholarship

£2,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


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 degree

  • Research Assistant, University of Liverpool (2012)
  • Health Technology Start-Up, Geneix (2012)
  • Full-time DPhil student, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford (2012)
  • Leung Business Development Manager, Informative Genomics, London (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.

Why 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.

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

Department: Division of Biosciences

Application and next steps


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.

Application deadlines

UK/EU applicants
31 July 2015
Overseas applicants
30 June 2015

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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