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Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine MSc

This MSc aims to provide medical and science-based students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the field of prenatal genetics and fetal medicine, specifically human genetics, human embryonic development and fetal medicine. There is a strong focus on development of key skills and careers advice in the programme.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£10,765 (FT)
Overseas:
£24,410 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, or a medical qualification (MBBS) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirement: Standard

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.

International equivalencies

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

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Degree Information

On completion of the programme, students will have a developed knowledge and understanding of the field of prenatal genetics and fetal medicine, specifically in the areas of basic genetics and technology, genetic mechanisms, medical genetics, organogenesis and fetal development, gametogenesis and IVF, prenatal diagnosis and screening, fetal medicine, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis and developing technology. They gain transferable skills including information technology, analysis of scientific papers, essay writing, seminar and poster presentation, research techniques, peer review and laboratory skills.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma consisting of eight core modules (120 credits, full time nine months, flexible study two-five years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Medical Genetics
  • Fetal Medicine
  • Organogenesis and Fetal Development
  • Prenatal Diagnosis and Screening
  • Gametogenesis and IVF
  • Genetic Mechanisms
  • Basic Genetics and Technology
  • Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Developing Technology

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake a clinical, laboratory, audit or library-based research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical demonstrations in laboratories, observation days in fetal medicine and IVF units, and student presentations. There are a number of peer-led learning activities. Assessment is through essays, patient case reports, critical reviews of papers, problem booklets, examinations and the dissertation.

Funding

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

On completion of the programme, all students will have gained knowledge of both the clinical and laboratory aspects of prenatal genetics and fetal medicine. This will enable the science-orientated students to go on to take PhDs, careers in embryology or prenatal diagnosis, or go on to other careers in the field or in general science, and the medically orientated students will be able to develop their careers in the field of fetal medicine.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Private IUI Clinic, Barcelona, Biologist, 2011,
  • University of Oxford, PhD Student, 2011,
  • Resesarch Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna, PhD Student, 2011,
  • London Fertility Clinic, Trainee Embryologist, 2011,
  • Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC), Ticino, Switzerland, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinical Trainee, 2012,
  • Nova IVI Fertility, India, Junior Embryologist, 2013,

Employability

Throughout the MSc programme students learn key skills such as peer-led activities evaluating patient cases and media coverage of scientific papers which they have to present orally. Basic laboratory techniques are taught, such as PCR and FISH, as well as essay writing, critical evaluation of papers, debates and ethical discussions. We also offer a comprehensive careers programme covering how to apply for a job, mock job applications, writing your CV, general careers in science and specific career advice such as careers in embryology, clinical genetics, and PhDs.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL EGA Institute for Women’s Health provides an academic environment in which students can pursue graduate studies taught by academics and clinicians at the leading-edge internationally in a recognised centre of excellence.

The Institute brings together individuals with expertise across the whole spectrum of women's health - from laboratory science to clinical skills - with the objective of making a major contribution to the health of women, both in the UK and internationally, by pioneering research, education programmes and clinical initiatives.

Student / staff ratios › 66 staff › 36 taught students › 30 research students

Department: Institute for Women's Health

Degree reviews

Staff review

"UCL is highly central and a focus for other academics. Close collaboration across the three main universities with medical schools is excellent and London is a destination for many international visitors, which increases the sense of academic community in my discipline."

Professor Neil Marlow

Subject: I provide support for graduate medicine, doctoral studies and teach on several MSc programmes in Women's Health.
Student review

"The system of learning/researching in UCL is very different then universities in my country, as in UCL in depth knowledge is provided from the very basics to the current research going on in my field. In UCL many books, papers and up-to date journals are available online for in depth researching and learning which is not available in universities in my country. The professors at UCL have a systematic way of teaching which makes learning things easy, many of my friends face this problems here. The cutting edge research carried out at UCL is way more sophisticated, well designed and up to date. Most of the research work carried out here is novel, one that has been never tried as a result I get better platform to learn and perform new things with more sophisticated techniques that are still not available in universities in my country. I am very proud to be a part of UCL to learn and carry out novel research project at UCL."

Shardul Trivedi

Subject: Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine MSc
Student review

"I was impressed with the choice of lecturers, as we were thought by well-known researchers in this field. It was also great to know that my future career is important for academic staff."

Zofia Litwinska

Subject: Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine 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 medical and science based students who wish to gain a theoretical grounding in prenatal genetics and fetal medicine and the gain skills required by today's science and clinical staff, working in academic and clinical environments.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01

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 Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine at graduate level
  • why you want to study Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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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