Human Molecular Genetics - MSc
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Course code: A3BD
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October
Entry requirements: A good honours degree in biochemical sciences, genetics or a related subject (more information)
Organised by: School of Public Health
Course Director: Professor Philippe Froguel
Organising Department: Genomics of Common Diseases
Course Coordinator/enquiries: Dr Toby Andrew
Course Administrator/enquiries: Deborah Jones
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How to apply
This course is designed to prepare you for a genetics research career, either in human gene function and genetic disease, or molecular approaches to diagnosis, or health care biotechnology. It provides a broad grounding in Human Genetics, with emphasis on molecular aspects, to give a solid basis for subsequent academic or industrial research, or for entry to NHS Genetics training.
The science of human genetics has been transformed in the past decade. Following the sequencing of the entire human genome, a wealth of resources is now available to researchers aiming to identify the genetic variants that influence human health. These findings will shed light on the underlying molecular pathology of many diseases that are poorly understood at present, eventually paving the way for novel treatment and prevention strategies. The speed at which these discoveries are being made is accelerating, and it is likely that molecular genetics will soon underpin much of modern medicine.
Approximately 50% of our students go on to do a PhD, 25% become research assistants/associates, while others go on to jobs in industry or further studies (bioinformatics/ computing medicine). Typically one or two students every year enter the NHS in clinical genetics training posts.
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