Recent advances in omic technologies and the growing availability of health data obtained via molecular profiling, medical imaging, and diagnostic testing, have provided new opportunities to design and test treatments. The MSc in Precision Medicine is an interdisciplinary course ideally suited for life sciences graduates who wish to pursue a career in industry or academia related to this growing field of medicine, as well as medical students doing an intercalated degree.
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Tuition fees (2021/22)
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An upper second-class Bachelor of Science honours degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or an appropriate professional qualification or relevant work experience.
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: Standard
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.
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About this degree
You will develop advanced knowledge in all aspects of precision medicine including genomics, bioinformatics, structural biology, genetics and epigenetics of disease and their precision diagnosis and treatment, biomedical imaging techniques, nanomedicines; generation and analysis of big data. You will gain awareness of the context in which precision medicine is being applied in healthcare, research and industry. You will also develop a range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills essential for a career in this field.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is also offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is also offered.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Precision Medicine. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Precision Medicine. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Precision Medicine.
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.
The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
- Bioinformatics and Structural Biology
- The Genetics and Epigenetics of disease
- Advanced Biomedical Imaging Techniques I
- Precision Diagnosis for Precision Medicine
- Multiomics and Ethics
Select three optional modules.
- Translational Biomedical Imaging of Disease & Therapy I
- Machine Learning in Health Care (Blended Learning)
- Advanced Computational Biology
- Novel Therapies: From concept to clinical translation
- Personalised Medicine
- Practical Laboratory Research Skills
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which can take the form of a either a wet lab, data analysis or computer modelling based project.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, self study, practical sessions and discussion groups. The research project forms one third of the programme. Each of the taught modules is assessed by unseen written examination and coursework. The research project is assessed by the dissertation and viva.
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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.
- Deadline: 31 July 2021
- £5,000 (1 year)
- UK, Overseas
- 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.
The MSc will provide an excellent background for those looking to establish a career in biotech, pharma, national research laboratories and NHS agencies. The knowledge and transferable skills acquired will also be useful for those who intend to pursue academic research or medical studies related to this growing field of medicine.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL, in partnership with UCL Hospitals, is an internationally renowned and productive centre with established strengths in translating pioneering scientific research into tangible treatments. The results of REF2014 show that UCL enjoys the greatest amount of “world leading” (4*) research in Medicine and Biological sciences. This was a tremendous achievement for the Division of Medicine, which led the return in Clinical Medicine for UCL. In Clinical Medicine, UCL was ranked first in the UK (according to Research Fortnight's Power Rankings), a testament to our research strength in the Division of Medicine.
The UCL Division of Medicine has significiant expertise in the field of precision medicine. The division has pioneered multidisciplinary research and successfully translated innovative research into useful clinical benefit. Students on the MSc will have the opportunity to interact and conduct research with leading groups in the field.
The UCL Division of Medicine research expertise includes: inflammation, internal medicine, metabolism, nephrology, respiratory, liver and digestive health, medicinal chemistry, computational drug design, neuronal development and signalling, cell cycle control, intensive care medicine, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, nanomedicine, stem cells, mitochondrial biology and cancer.
Department: Division of Medicine
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?
This MSc is primarily suitable for life science or medical science graduates. Students with an interest in precision medicine who have a background in biological sciences, chemical sciences, physics, mathematics or pharmacy may also be eligible to apply.
- All applicants
- 31 May 2021
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Precision Medicine at graduate level
- why you want to study Precision 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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