Genetics of Human Disease MSc

London, Bloomsbury

The Genetics of Human Disease MSc aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of human disease genetics using molecular genetics, quantitative and statistical genetics approaches, and how this can be applied to improve healthcare through application of diagnostic tests and therapeutic agents.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£19,400
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£32,100
Duration
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 29 Jul 2022

Applications open

Notification

Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

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

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.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

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.

Who this course is for

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.

What this course will give you

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 the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Faculty of Medical Sciences 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. Students will join the research groups of world-leading geneticists and molecular biologists 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 will gain during your study will open doors to jobs not only in academia but in a variety other job sectors.

The foundation of your career

The MSc Genetics of Human Disease 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 within clinical genetic diagnosis services, particularly in molecular genetics, and project management in healthcare organisations and hospitals around the world, medical communication and many other job sectors. Those graduates with a prior medical training often utilise their new skills as clinical geneticists.

Employability

Advanced training in genetic techniques including bioinformatics and statistical approaches positions graduates well for PhD studentships in research areas 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 project management, data analysis and science communication.

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.

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.

Modules

Full-time

This course covers one full calendar year. Students undertake 180 credits, 90 of which are taught modules and 90 credits for research project. The first term consists of four compulsory taught modules and initial research project selection. From January, students commence their chosen specialist stream: Inherited Diseases, Pharmacogenetics, or Computation Genomics and start working on their research project on a part-time basis. After the main exam period, students work full-time on their research project until its completion in September.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an 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.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £19,400
Tuition fees (2022/23) £32,100

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

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.

Funding your studies

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

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.

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 Application fees.

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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