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Precision Medicine MSc

This MSc will equip you with state-of-the-art 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 life sciences graduates who wish to pursue a career in industry or academia and MBBS students doing an intercalated degree.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Notification
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£13,850 (FT)
£7,050 (PT)
Overseas:
£26,380 (FT)
£13,290 (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.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

Select your country:

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.

Compulsory modules

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

Optional modules

Select three optional modules.

  • Translational Biomedical Imaging of Disease & Therapy I
  • Machine Learning in Health Care (Blended Learning)
  • Advanced Computational Biology
  • Mathematical Modelling in Biomedicine
  • Novel Therapies: From concept to clinical translation
  • Personalised Medicine
  • Nanomedicines
  • Practical Laboratory Research Skills
Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which can take the form of a wet lab/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.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

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. 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 2020
Value:
£5,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, 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 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 delivered will also be useful for those who intend to pursue academic research or medical studies.

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

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
11 August 2020

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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