2019 start
MSc

Human and Molecular Genetics

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science

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Course description

This MSc gives students excellent postgraduate training, and leads to exciting careers in research, industry, the NHS and other clinical institutions. Many of our graduates have also gone on to study bioscience at PhD level.

You'll develop an in-depth knowledge of medical and molecular genetics, and receive clinical genetics training to prepare you for a research project in a modern research facility. You'll have the chance to collaborate with top genetics research laboratories and clinical partners.

This MSc was developed in partnership with the Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Service (SDGS), which is a world-renowned clinical genetics facility. This relationship is unique to this course and gives you the opportunity not only to be taught by the SDGS Director and the Lead Scientist for Constitutional Genetics but also to complete a clinical work placement with the service.

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Modules

Core modules

  • Advanced Research Topics
  • Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Bioscience
  • Literature Review
  • Research Project

Optional modules

Choose three from:

  • Genome Stability and Genetic Change
  • The Genetics of Human Disease
  • Human Fertility and Reproduction
  • Genomic Science
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • The RNA World

 

Teaching

Our masters courses give you a solid grounding in experimental science, with personal supervision and tutorials by experienced scientists, based in modern and well-equipped labs, leading on to a research project in which you design and conduct your own research. You will learn cutting edge science from research leaders, and gain practice in reading scientific literature and writing reports.

Assessment

Assessment is based on a combination of coursework, project work, formal examinations and a dissertation.

Duration

1 year full-time

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I believe the analytical skills and techniques I have learned so far have helped me to stand out in my application for the NHS Scientist Training Programme and were critical in landing me a job in this competitive career!

Bethaney Green
MSc Human and Molecular Genetics

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree or equivalent university qualification in molecular biology or a related subject (eg biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, and microbiology). We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

Candidates with professional experience may also be considered following interview.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with minimum of 6 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Contact

mbb-pgt-apply@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 2750

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.