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Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine MSc

This programme brings together the academic and clinical strengths of pharmacology and genetics at UCL in this rapidly growing area of science. Students develop a body of knowledge about the genetic variation between underlying differential responses to drugs and how this can be applied to prevent adverse drug reactions and improve healthcare.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£12,570 (FT)
£24,400 (FT)

Application dates

UK/EU applicants
Open: 1 January 2016
Close: 2 September 2016
Overseas applicants
Close: 29 July 2016
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

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

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 three core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits) is offered full-time nine months.

A Postgraduate Certificate comprising five modules (75 credits) is offered full-time three months.

Core Modules

  • Clinical Applications of Pharmacogenetic Tests
  • Drug Design and Development
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Basic Statistics for Medical Sciences
  • Human Genetics in Context
  • Principles of Human Genetics (Henry Stewart online lectures)
  • Core Skills


  • Pharmacology of Inflammation
  • Anticancer Personalised Medicines
  • Pharmacogenetics, Adverse Drug Reactions and Biomakers
  • Computational and Systems Biology
  • Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Genetics of Neurological Disease
  • Statistics for Interpreting Genetic Data


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. Taught modules are assessed through an 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 available on the department web site Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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) - SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED FOR 2016/17

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

GREAT-UCL India Scholarship

£11,250 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

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 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

  • PhD student, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford
  • Founder and Director, Geneix
  • PhD student, University of Cambridge
  • Business Development Manager, Informative Genomics, London
  • Research Assistant, Shanghai University


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 laboratories and clinicians interested in moving towards a scientific career. Students will obtain a thorough grasp of the role that 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 on to PhDs, and/or 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 or scientist in academia and the pharmaceutical industry, while others enter careers with clinical genetic diagnostic services. Those of our graduates with a prior medical training often utilise their new skills 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 multidisciplinary outreach across the university. The teaching is provided by academics from the UCL Division of Biosciences, the School of Pharmacy and the UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science.

The Division of Biosciences offers tuition, research opportunities in internationally recognised laboratories and an appreciation of the multidisciplinary 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

Degree reviews

Alumni review

"I had an absolutely wonderful time at UCL during my Master's; the programme might have been tough with lots of work to do, yet it was enjoyable. I think the beauty of the programme was how multi-disciplinary it was and the fact that UCL chose experts in every field to lecture us. Another key thing was that the academic environment was very friendly and I received endless support from everyone."

Nada Omar

Pharmogenetics and Stratified Medicine (2014)
Alumni review

"I worried when I first arrived at UCL as I was an international student. But the busy timetable and being in a group of students from all over the world, made me easily adapt to my studies at UCL. During this MSc programme, thanks to all the professors' and staff's patience and encouragement, I got not only a wide knowledge of pharmacogenetics and other subjects, but I learnt a lot about British culture."

Man Yuan

Pharmogenetics andStratified Medicine MSc (2014)

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 programme will be suitable for those working in an industrial or healthcare setting, as well as those contemplating further PhD studies.

Application deadlines

UK/EU applicants
2 September 2016
Overseas applicants
29 July 2016

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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