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Genetics and Multiomics in Medicine MSc

Omics describes a range of analytical techniques (including genomics, metabolomics, proteomics etc.) that are essential contributors to the understanding of human disease and to the development of personalised therapeutic strategies. You will learn detailed knowledge and practical skills required to understand, process and integrate multiomics data, preparing you for a broad range of careers in healthcare and/or industry, or further research (e.g. a PhD).

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

Visa nationals
Open: 9 January 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 9 January 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Notification
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

UK:
£14,300 (FT)
£7,150 (PT)
Overseas:
£28,500 (FT)
£14,250 (PT)


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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a recognised Master’s degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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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About this degree

The complexity of multiomics data requires multidisciplinary knowledge and capacity to integrate information in order to answer medical or scientific questions.

This MSc will provide both the knowledge and the practical training required to analyse genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and phenomics data, in addition to the skills to prepare, carry out and present the results of research to a variety of audiences.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

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

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) comprising all taught modules is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate comprising four core modules (60 credits) is offered.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • Genomics techniques and applications
  • Transcriptomics technologies, bioinformatics analysis and applications
  • Proteomics techniques and applications
  • Phenomics: research and clinical practice
  • Advanced computational methods
  • The Genetic and Epigenetics of Disease
  • Multiomics and Ethics
  • Bioinformatics in Applied Medical Sciences

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words (60 credits).

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, computer simulations, laboratory work, site visits and practicals. Assessment is through examination, essays, multiple choice tests, small projects, presentations and the dissertation.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

The Division of Medicine is offering 3 bursaries of £5000 each to students on this programme.

Find out more: Division of Medicine Postgraduate Taught Degrees

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Division of Medicine Postgraduate Taught Bursaries

Note:
Deadline: 31 July 2021
Value:
£5,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, Overseas
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

The skills developed during this programme will form a solid platform for further development and specialisation for a career in academic and industrial research, clinical medical genetics, and bioinformatics. There has been an increased demand for skilled professionals who understand omic technologies within the healthcare industry. Possible career paths include working in large pharmaceuticals, innovative healthcare start-ups or at the newly developed NHS Genomic Medicine Services; or pursuing further research via a PhD.

Employability

This programme belongs to the Division of Medicine, which brings together clinical and basic scientists undertaking world-leading interdisciplinary research and teaching. Our close links with UCL Genomics Centre (the core facility for genomic technologies for the entire UCL), major hospitals and industry, will allow students to carry out significant research projects. This hands-on experience provided will make them attractive applicants for PhD studentships, research / data analysis positions or any of the career pathways described above.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL offers a world-class research and healthcare environment in Genetics and Omics science, being a major contributor to Genomics England, which is the organisation set up to deliver the 100,000 Genomes Project: the whole genome sequencing of ~85,000 NHS patients affected by rare disorders or cancer.

This MSc will run within the UCL Centre for Genetics and Genomics based at UCL Royal Free Hospital (Department of Renal Medicine), which is an integrated research facility with state-of-the-art infrastructure for multiomic project design and data analysis.

Thanks to the close links to with the UCL Partner hospitals (including The Royal Free London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital), this MSc offers an unparalleled multidisciplinary environment in an ecosystem comprised of world-class academics, clinicians and researchers, which provide an ideal training environment leading to opportunities for further research and/or healthcare and industry career aspirations.

 

Find out more details about this degree at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/medical-sciences/study/postgraduate-taught-programmes/genetics-and-multiomics-medicine-msc

Department: Division of Medicine

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This programme is aimed at students from a wide range of scientific backgrounds, from scientists and statisticians to computer professionals and clinicians. The complex nature of the problems that are tacked by this area of medical sciences would be highly appealing to students looking for a challenge and the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary environment.

Application deadlines

Visa nationals
31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
30 July 2021

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