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Human and Molecular Genetics

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science

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Course description

Designed for students who are fascinated by medical genetics. Through hands-on practical skills training and lecture modules you’ll explore human genetics and develop an understanding of how human genetic diseases are diagnosed clinically at the chromosome and DNA levels. 

Students have the opportunity for clinical work placements in the Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Service, which is based in the Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The biggest part of your course is the Medical Genetics Laboratory Project. Here you’ll spend six months undertaking extensive training before applying this knowledge to the diagnosis of human genetic diseases.

After your degree

Genetic diagnostic technologies are transforming clinical pathology in private and public healthcare systems. Through practical diagnostic laboratory training, clinical research and opportunities for NHS work placements, graduates will be well equipped to pursue careers in healthcare diagnostics, research and industry. Previous students have gone on to join the NHS Scientist Training Programme in Genomics, Cancer Genomics, and Genetic Counselling. 

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

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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 Reproduction and Fertility
  • Genomic Science
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • The RNA World
  • Genetic Pathways from Zygote to Organism


Our masters courses give you a solid grounding in experimental science, with personal supervision and tutorials by experienced scientists, based in modern, well-equipped labs, leading to a 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 is based on a combination of coursework, project work, formal examinations and a dissertation.


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 score of 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


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

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