The Genetics of Human Disease MSc aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of molecular genetics, quantitative and statistical genetics and human disease and how this can be applied to improve healthcare through application of diagnostic tests and therapeutic agents.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Professional experience in the fields of health and development is desirable. An applicant whose qualifications vary from UCL standards may be admitted if evidence of an adequate academic background and extensive and relevant work experience in an appropriate field can be shown.
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
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Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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About this degree
The programme provides a thorough grounding in modern approaches to the understanding of the genetics of human disease alongside the cutting-edge research methods and techniques used for establishing the involvement of genetic factors in disease. Compulsory modules provide a broad coverage of the genetics of disease, research skills and social aspects, whilst specialised streams in Inherited Diseases, Pharmacogenetics and Computational Genomics, in which students can qualify, and the research project allow more in-depth analysis in specific areas of genetics.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four compulsory modules (60 credits) and two specialist modules (30 credits) and a research project culminating in a dissertation (90 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma consisting of six modules (four compulsory modules in term one and two modules within the selected stream in term two) is offered, full-time nine months.
A Postgraduate Certificate consisting of four compulsory modules in term one (60 credits) is offered, full-time three months.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Genetics of Human Disease. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Genetics of Human Disease. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Genetics of Human Disease.
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.
- Advanced Human Genetics: Research Principles
- Understanding Bioinformatics Resources and their Applications
- Human Genetics: Core Skills
- Basic Statistics for Medical Sciences
In term two you will select modules depending on the specialist stream you select: Inherited Disease (A); Pharmacogenetics (B); Computational Genomics (C).
- Applications in Human Genetics (A)
- Either Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease or Genetics of Neurological Disease (A)
- Genomics and Drug Development (B)
- Anti-Cancer Personalised Medicine or Pharmacogenomics, Adverse Drug Reactions and Biomarkers (B)
- Applications in Human Genetics (C)
- Advanced Computational Biology (C)
Students undertake an original research project (90 credits) investigating topical questions in genetics and genetics of human disease which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 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 written reports, oral presentations and coursework and/or unseen written examination. The research project is assessed by the dissertation and oral presentation.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Advanced training in genetic techniques including bioinformatic and statistical approaches positions graduates well for PhD studentships in research related to genetics. Another large group will seek jobs related to genetics in healthcare organisations and the pharmaceutical industry.The programme enhances student analytical and core skills enabling them to pursue jobs in science and medical communication.
The Genetics of Human Disease MSc 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 and 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), a world-leading centre which develops and applies biostatistical and bioinformatic approaches to human and population genetics. Opportunities are available to join the research groups of world-leading geneticists affiliated to UGI and other UCL research Institutes and conduct computational and laboratory-based research projects.
There is no better time than now to study human genetics. The completion of the human genome project together with the technological progress are allowing scientists to gain a better understanding the genetic basis of health and disease. The skills you gain during your study will open for you doors to jobs not only in academia but in a variety other job sectors.
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.
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?
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.
- All applicants
- 31 May 2021
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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 of Human Disease at graduate level
- why you want to study Genetics of Human Disease 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 the 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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