Masters degrees in Applied Genetics offer advanced training in developing and understanding mechanisms for genetic processes such as inheritance, mutation, and variation, applying this knowledge for use in industrial contexts. Some courses will examine genetic modification, though it is not a mandatory component.
Popular specialisms include applied branches of Human Genetics as well as fields such as Healthcare, Medicine and Bioengineering.
You will learn to develop models for understanding genetic patterns, including practices such as bioinformatics and qualitative genetics. You will explore issues such as gene therapy and cytogenetics, honing transferrable skills through practical activities including DNA sampling, experiment design, lab testing, bioimaging, fieldwork, and case studies.
The experience you will gain may be utilised in various industries, including agriculture, medicine and pharmaceuticals. Your expertise would make you suitable for consultancy for NGOs and private SMEs, or in public policy and roles within governing bodies. You could even work towards a career in research, developing new techniques for understanding genetic biological processes. For the latter route, your Masters would provide excellent groundwork for further research at PhD level.
Genetics at University of Aberdeen is taught at the heart of a very large teaching hospital at Foresterhill. This gives you access to experts within a wide variety of areas including bioinformatics, mendelian genetics, applied statistics and immunogenetics. The MSc degree in Genetics will take you through a wide-ranging curriculum describing some of the latest advances in genetics. You understand how diversity influences clinical outcomes, transplants, infections, autoimmune disease, cancer, immunodeficiency and human reproduction. We have the best support services in the UK to ensure you have guidance from the start.
Graduates from this programme can go on to work in hospital and research laboratories, projects at national and international level to understand health issues, training, scientific publishing, civil service, regulatory areas, government agencies and as consultants to regulators.
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The MSc Forensic Genetics and Human Identification is a comprehensive course on Human Identification and Mass Fatality Incident Analysis incorporating the full methodological repertoire of Forensic Genetics and DNA analysis, Physical Anthropology, Crime Scene Investigation and Human Identification based on biometric assessment of a variety of physical characteristics.
Intensive Course Program
We deliver our masters programmes in two semesters of taught subject materials, followed by a full-time intensive research project over the summer.
Throughout the taught section of the program, current and advanced topics in Human Identification are taught by forensic scientists and practitioners in comprehensive lecture series. Lecture topics are discussed in seminars and reinforced in practical teaching sessions.
During our methods units, students learn advanced research techniques and topic related professional skills.
Subsequently, students carry out their independent research project (in one of the featured subjects) in collaboration with a member of the Forensic Science department, based upon a comprehensive literature review and project design.
The ten week full-time research project is accompanied by training in scientific writing, project design and oral presentation skills.
Student Services and Guidance
A two week orientation prior to the programme provides assistance and advice for managing the day to day life and familiarisation with the university facilities. The School of Applied Sciences also provides an optional one week transition program for international students.
If you commenced undergraduate study at any University in 2012 you may be eligible for a £10,000 bursary
Forensic Genetics, Forensic Anthropology, Human Identification from Physical Characteristics, Professional Skills in Forensic Science, Laboratory techniques, Molecular Genetics and Genomics, Research Methods and Research Project
The Masters in Forensic Genetics and Human Identification is a comprehensive course on Human Identification and Mass Fatality Incident Analysis incorporating the full methodological repertoire of Forensic Genetics and DNA Analysis, Physical Anthropology and Human Identification based on biometric assessment of physical characteristics incorporated with advanced research techniques and associated professional skills.
With reference to its structure and combination of key topics, this course is quite unique in the national as well as international market, while being designed to generate a postgraduate level of competence in an important as well as exciting area of Forensic Science.