Precision Medicine MSc

London, Bloomsbury

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£14,700
£7,350
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£29,400
£14,700
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 academic year
2 academic years
5 academic years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications closed

Notification

Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

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.

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.

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

This MSc will equip you with cutting-edge knowledge relating to mechanistic understanding of disease, and technologies that detect, diagnose and specifically treat causal factors of disease. Delivered by clinical and scientific experts from across UCL, as well as visiting industry experts, the interdisciplinary programme is ideally suited for MBBS students doing an intercalated degree who wish to learn more about this growing field of medicine, as well as life science graduates who wish to pursue a career in industry or academia.

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.

Who this course is for

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.

What this course will give you

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 Division of Medicine has significant 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. 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.

The foundation of your career

Employability

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.

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.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is also offered. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is also offered.

Modules

In this programme, students will take 5 core taught modules during Term 1 and Term 2, then select 3 from 7 optional modules in Term 2. This will allow the students to learn the essential concepts, theory and practises of precision medicine, while tailoring the course to their specific interests. During this period, transferable skills will also be learned through many different individual and group activities, such as oral and poster presentation, literature review, essay writing, attending conferences and scientific talks. The concepts and skills will prepare the students to go forward to do their research project in Term 3. The research project will allow the students to have real research experiences and practices in a UCL or Industry setting. The research project can be wet laboratory based or computer/informatics based. The research project has a minimum of 3 months period.

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 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.

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.

Online - Open day

Virtual Event for MSc Advanced Biomedical Imaging, MSc/MRes Clinical Drug Development, MSc/MRes Drug Design and MSc Precision Medicine

The UCL Division of Medicine Team hosts a virtual event where they give a short presentation about the programmes, details on different modules, and what teaching will look like in 2020.

Online - Open day

Virtual Open Event in the Division of Medicine

Watch a replay of our previous virtual open event for the following programmes in the Division of Medicine: MSc Advanced Biomedical Imaging, MSc/MRes Clinical Drug Development, MSc/MRes Drug Design, MSc Precision Medicine. Find out more about the programmes, why you should come to UCL, and the ground-breaking research in this department.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £14,700 £7,350
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400 £14,700

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

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

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

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

Division of Medicine Postgraduate Bursary

Deadline: 31 July 2022
Value: £5,000 (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas

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 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.

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

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