MSc Human and Molecular Genetics

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science

We're working with organisations all over the world, finding new ways to look at some big questions. Our research can be applied to everything from health to manufacturing and the environment.

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

About the course

September 2018 start

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 to be taught by the SDGS Director and the Lead Scientist for Constitutional Genetics.

MSc Human and Molecular Genetics student

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

Teaching and assessment

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 the scientific literature and writing reports.

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

Course duration

1 year full-time


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 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

For information about funding opportunities for postgraduate study, please contact us.

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

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Mrs Linda Harris
PGT Admissions
T: +44 (0)114 222 2750
E: linda.harris@sheffield.ac.uk

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