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Masters Degrees in Applied Genetics

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.

Courses range from taught one-year MSc degrees to longer, research oriented MRes and MPhil programmes.

Why study a Masters in Applied Genetics?

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The Genetics of Human Disease MSc aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of molecular genetics, quantitative and statistical genetics and human disease and how this can be applied to improve healthcare through the development and application of diagnostic tests and therapeutic agents. Read more
The Genetics of Human Disease MSc aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of molecular genetics, quantitative and statistical genetics and human disease and how this can be applied to improve healthcare through the development and application of diagnostic tests and therapeutic agents.

Degree Information

The programme provides a thorough grounding in modern approaches to the understanding of the genetics of disease alongside the cutting-edge research methods and techniques used to advance our understanding of development of disease. Core modules provide a broad coverage of the genetics of disease, research skills and social aspects, whilst specialised streams in Inherited Diseases, Pharmacogenetics and Computational Genomics, in which students can qualify, and the research project allow more in-depth analysis in areas of genetics.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits) and two specialist modules (30 credits) and a research project culminating in a dissertation (90 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma consisting of six modules (four core modules in term one and two modules within the selected stream in term two) is offered, full-time nine months.

A Postgraduate Certificate consisting of four core modules in term one (60 credits) is offered, full-time three months.

Core Modules
- Advanced Human Genetics: Research Principles
- Human Genetics in Context
- Core Skills
- Basic Statistics for Medical Sciences

Specialist modules
In term two you will take specialist modules depending on the specialist stream you select: Inherited Disease (A); Pharmacogenetics (B); Computational Genomics (C).
- Applications in Human Genetics (A)
- Either Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease or Genetics of Neurological Disease (A)
- Clinical Applications of Pharmacogenetic Tests (B)
- Anti-Cancer Personalised Medicine or Pharmacogenomics, Adverse Drug Reactions and Biomarkers (B)
- Applications in Human Genetics (C)
- Statistics for Interpreting Genetic Data (C)

Dissertation/report
Students undertake an original research project investigating topical questions in genetics and genetics of human disease which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 to 14,000 words and an oral presentation.

Teaching and learning
Students develop their knowledge and understanding of genetics of human diseases through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations and journal clubs. Taught modules are assessed by unseen written examination and/or, written reports, oral presentations and coursework. The research project is assessed by the dissertation and oral presentation.

Careers

Advanced training in genetic techniques including bioinformatic and statistical approaches positions graduates well for PhD studentships in laboratories using genetic techniques to examine diseases such as heart disease, cancer and neurological disorders. Another large group will seek research jobs in the pharmaceutical industry, or jobs related to genetics in healthcare organisations.

Employability
The MSc in Genetics of Human Disease facilitates acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant to a career in research in many different biomedical disciplines. About half of our graduates enter a research career by undertaking and completing PhDs and working as research associates/scientists in academia. Some of our graduates go on to jobs in the pharmaceutical industry, while others enter careers with clinical genetic diagnosis services, particularly in molecular genetics, in healthcare organisations and hospitals around the world. Those graduates with a prior medical training often utilise their new skills as clinical geneticists.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is in a unique position to offer both the basic science and application of modern genetics to improve human health. The programme is a cross-faculty initiative with teaching from across the School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS) at UCL.

Students will be based at the UCL Genetics Institute (UGI), a world-leading centre which develops and applies biostatistical and bioinformatic approaches to human and population genetics. Opportunities to conduct laboratory or computational-based research projects are available in the laboratories of world-leading geneticists affiliated to the UGI.

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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. Read more
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.

Career Pathways:
The MSc in Human Molecular Genetics programme is designed to prepare you for a genetics research career, either in human gene function and genetic disease, or molecular approaches to diagnosis and 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. Approximately 40% of our students go on to do a PhD, 40% become research assistants/associates, while others go on to jobs in industry or further studies (bioinformatics/computing medicine). One or two students every year enter the NHS in clinical genetics training posts.

Programme Structure:
You will study the fundamentals of human and molecular genetics, models of inheritance for rare and common/ complex polygenic diseases, cytogenetics, analytical methods in human genetics and genomics, animal models and transgenesis, gene therapy, epigenetics, cancer genetics and an introduction to clinical genetics and genetic counselling services.

There are four weeks of intensive laboratory practical sessions, as well as computer science practicals applied to problems in genetics, genomics and bioinformatics, regular research seminars on site, student seminar and journal presentations, study group activities and a six-month full-time research project in the summer.

The programme is based on an average 20 hours contact time per week. This will vary between 15 hours in most weeks and approximately 40 hours during intensive practicals and projects. Private study time is included within the schedule: you are expected to contribute an additional 10-15 hours private study per week to the course. We do not recommend you try to support yourself by taking a part-time employment whilst studying as your work may suffer.

Assessment:
There are 3 x 3-hour written papers in late February, coursework assessments (poster presentation, analytical methods in genetics, oral presentation), a project report and a viva examination in September.

Programme Location:
The programme is primarily based at Hammersmith Campus in West London although some teaching modules are held at St Mary's Campus and the Northwick Park Campus.

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Genetics and genomics have become an integral part of the healthcare service. Our modern programme, which we’re constantly adapting to reflect professional and technological changes, will advance your skills, knowledge and insight in the challenging sector of genetic healthcare. Read more
Genetics and genomics have become an integral part of the healthcare service. Our modern programme, which we’re constantly adapting to reflect professional and technological changes, will advance your skills, knowledge and insight in the challenging sector of genetic healthcare. Study part-time over three years and choose the modules you want to study. You’ll leave fully equipped to provide more effective, efficient and better quality practice for the patients who rely on you.

Key features

-Steer your career in the direction you want. We offer a wide range of modules, so you can choose to group modules together to create the combination that suits your previous education and experience and your career aspirations. Focused themes include practical genetics, genetic science and counselling skills.
-Engage with a course specifically designed to address the needs of professionals wishing to develop their careers in genetic counselling or genetic nursing.
-Learn from research-active staff at the forefront of knowledge, conducting research into Applied Health Genetics.
-Study four core modules shared by all our pathway awards: Health and Social Care Futures, Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1 and 2, and the dissertation.
-Benefit from the flexibility our programme offers. You can take much of the course by distance learning. Modules taught face-to-face (such as counselling skills) are delivered in short, intensive blocks to enable you to complete them with minimum travel and time away from your work.
-Balance work and further education with our programme by studying part-time over three years.
-Our Genetic Science modules and the Counselling Skills modules are designed to satisfy the requirements of the Genetic Counsellor Registration Board for UK genetic counsellor registration.
-Achieve the European Core Competences for genetic nurses and genetic counsellors.
-Choose to study the Counselling Skills module and update and enhance your counselling skills.
-Develop practical skills and increase knowledge on all genetics modules by combining theory with an applied approach.
-Use your registration portfolio as a registered genetic counsellor to obtain credits towards the award via the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning system.

Course details

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits. You’ll be able to study either two genetics modules at 30 credits each, or all three at 20 credits each – counselling skills for genetic healthcare, genetic science for health professionals and practical genetics for health professionals.

Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you’ll need to earn 120 credits. 60 of these will be made up from the two or three core modules undertaken in Year 1, with 40 credits coming from the core modules in Year 2, advancing research knowledge in practice 1 and advancing research knowledge in practice 2. Depending on the modules taken during Year 1, you will either undertake the remaining genetics module worth 20 credits or another optional 20 credit module.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in an area of study related to genetic healthcare.

Please note: availability of modules may vary according to demand; module dates are therefore subject to change.

Year 1
The Health Genetics pathway has three core specialist modules, which are all worth either 20 or 30 credits. Optional modules – you must complete two 30 credit options or all three 20 credit options.
Optional modules
-IMS550 Practical Genetics for Health Professionals (Advanced)
-IMS552 Counselling Skills for Genetic Healthcare (Advanced)
-IMS551 Counselling Skills for Genetic Healthcare
-IMS553 Genetic Science for Health Professionals (advanced)
-IMS536 Genetic Science for Health Professionals
-IMS549 Practical Genetics for Health Professionals

Year 2
Please note: you must choose the remaining 20 credit genetics module if two 30 credit modules were taken in Year 1.
Optional modules
-MCH501 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1
-MCH502 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2

Final year
-MCH504 Dissertation

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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The MSc in Nutrition and Genetics aims to educate students in molecular biology principles that explain the interactions between human DNA and nutrition. Read more
The MSc in Nutrition and Genetics aims to educate students in molecular biology principles that explain the interactions between human DNA and nutrition.

Why study Nutrition and Genetics?

The degree provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the progress, advantages and limitations of personalised nutrition. Finally, the programme will provide students with the necessary practical skills associated with molecular nutrition techniques.

NHS England states that “the shift to personalised medicine is already underway” and the NHS National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre has developed specific learning outcomes that need to be achieved by currently practising and future dietitians.

Freelance dietitians and nutritionists already feel the need to include elements of genetics and personalised nutrition in their consultations. An extensive market analysis on consumer trends (DataMonitor) showed that one of the main food-consumer “mega” trends is that people of all ages are more proactively addressing their health in a more personalised manner. The UK is one of the leading countries in consumer rates who consider the idea of using genetics in nutritional advice.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s University, Twickenham is the first and only university in the UK that offers a degree in Nutrition and Genetics. Teaching staff at St Mary’s have great experience teaching Nutrition and they also conduct research in the field of Nutrition and Genetics. St Mary’s University has been ranked as the top London university for student experience and we are proud of the excellent tutoring support we offer. The specific programme offers the opportunity for students to carry out their Research Project at the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) as part of the Erasmus exchange programme.

Course Content

What you will study
-Principles of molecular biology
-Genetics in health and disease
-Nutrient-gene interactions
-Genetics and personalised nutrition
-Applied personalised nutrition
-Genetic tests in nutrition
-Research Project

Please note: All information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the MSc in Nutrition and Genetics will have gained an expertise in incorporating elements of genetic profiling in nutritional and dietary assessments and regimes. Also, graduates of this programme will be in a unique position to work for (or with) companies that offer genotyping services; such companies are becoming increasingly popular, creating the need for such expertise.

Finally, the specific degree is the ideal platform for a career in research considering that graduates will be in the advantageous position to combine two distinct scientific disciplines (Nutrition and Genetics).

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The MSc in Conservation Genetics addresses the essential theoretical background and develops applied skills in this new and rapidly expanding field. Read more

Description

The MSc in Conservation Genetics addresses the essential theoretical background and develops applied skills in this new and rapidly expanding field. You will be trained in the use of molecular tools for aspects of taxonomy and classification, species conservation and in the application of the principles of genetics to the conservation management of small populations.

You will develop problem-solving approaches to different evolutionary and population genetics scenarios. A range of option units are available and there is a residential fieldtrip to either Poland or Tanzania which will provide you with practical experience of the essential techniques in the field of conservation genetics.

The MSc is completed by a research-based project which can be completed in the UK or overseas, often in collaboration with an external organisation. There are also opportunities to work within MMU research projects in Tanzania, Kenya, the Philippines, Mauritius and Madeira.

Core units

- Avian Biology and Conservation
- Behavioural Biology
- Genetics of Populations
- Masters Project in Conservation and Behaviour
- Practical Techniques
- Species Conservation
- Zoos and Conservation

Study pattern

You will be trained in the use of molecular tools for aspects of taxonomy and classification, species conservation and in the application of the principles of genetics to the conservation management of small populations. A range of option units are available and there is a residential fieldtrip to either Poland or Tanzania which will provide you with practical experience of the essential techniques in the field of conservation genetics.

Course delivery is flexible and most lectures take place in the evening. Lectures, other course material and assessment information is available via our online learning platform, Moodle. Teaching for this course begin in September 2016 and January 2017. Please note that January starters sit their examinations in January the following year, making the course duration 12 months.

Career prospects

Graduate career routes will include animal management, agriculture and pest control, teaching and environmental education with organisations such as environmental consultancies, government research and advisory bodies, zoos and NGOs. Some students will go on to study at PhD level.

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Plant and animal genetics play an important role in enhancing the world's future supply of food and fibre, especially in this era of climate change. Read more
Plant and animal genetics play an important role in enhancing the world's future supply of food and fibre, especially in this era of climate change.

The Master of Agricultural Science, with a specialisation in Genetics and Breeding, is designed for students who have a broad interest in genetics and its application to either plant and animal breeding or natural resource conservation. This course will provide a solid grounding in the disciplines of genetics and molecular genetics and how these techniques are applied to the theory and practice of modern breeding and conservation of genetic resources.

Key features

Strong industry connections and links with with international centres (AVRDC, ICARDA, ICRISAT and IRRI) including possibility of jointly-supervised thesis research at centres.

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The MSc degree in Genetics will take you through a wide-ranging curriculum describing some of the latest advances in genetics. It includes courses on molecular genetics, bioinformatics, simple and complex diseases, and immunogenetics. Read more
The MSc degree in Genetics will take you through a wide-ranging curriculum describing some of the latest advances in genetics. It includes courses on molecular genetics, bioinformatics, simple and complex diseases, and immunogenetics.

COURSES
Semester 1
Compulsory
Bioinformatics
Applied Statistics
Generic Skills
Basic Skills - Induction
Introduction to Molecular Biology

Optional
Introductory Immunology
Introduction to Microbiology

Semester 2
Genome - Enabled Medicine
Research Tutorials
Immunogenetics
Mendelian Genetics

Semester 3
Masters Research Project

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The MSc Molecular Genetics course aims to provide instruction in current concepts and techniques of molecular genetics as applied in modern research. Read more
The MSc Molecular Genetics course aims to provide instruction in current concepts and techniques of molecular genetics as applied in modern research. The MSc offers practical experience of experimental techniques and provides a framework to develop skills to plan research and devise strategies to achieve specific goals. The MSc acts as a springboard for graduates who want employment in molecular, biomedical or biotechnological research, or for entry to PhD programmes.

The MSc was established in 1988 and has been developed over the years to reflect the research strengths within the Faculty. Our students find the course to be demanding and challenging but also exciting, stimulating and rewarding.

The MSc consists of 180 course credits and is split into two phases:
Taught Phase 60 credits September - January
Research Project 120 credits January - August

Taught Phase
The taught phase is based around a series of taught practical experiments that introduce a variety of modern molecular techniques and research strategies. The experiments are run Tuesday-Friday of each week in the period September-December, with the Monday being reserved for a supporting lecture programme. The practical experiments are intensive and are used to help students develop analytical and reasoning skills as well as to learn how to plan and execute experimental investigations. There are some weeks set aside for students to complete written assignments and prepare for exams.

Research Project
For the research project students become part of an active research group and choose from a broad range of projects offered by departments of the Faculty of Medicine and Biological Sciences, the MRC Toxicology Unit, or collaborating research institutes or industrial partners (when available). The spread of projects covers a wide variety of disciplines involving molecular genetics and a variety of organisms.

Below are examples of project titles from a previous year:

• Molecular engineering of novel ligands with therapeutic potential

• Detection of oxidative damage to DNA in specific gene sequences

• Analyzing human disease genes in yeast

• Single molecule methods for watching the assembly of splicing complexes

• Secretory protein expression in pancreatic β-cells

• The iron responsive regulatory system of Campylobacter jejuni

• Non-recombining segments of the human genome as tools to study evolutionary history

• Analysis of telomere length dynamics in mice that lack telomerase by the amplification of single mouse telomeres.

• Molecular mechanisms underlying antisense-RNA mediated CpG island methylation in mammalian cells

• Mutations in the LMNA Gene in Emery Dreyfuss Muscular Dystrophy – consequences for in vitro differentiation of muscle cell cultures

• Alternative lengthening of telomeres in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia


Assessment of the research project is based on:
• Research performance (60 credits)
• A written report on the research (50 credits)
• A research seminar (10 credits).

Students submit the project report in August and the research seminars are held near the end of August.

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Medical Molecular Biology is the application of modern molecular biology and genetics in medical research, medical sciences and the clinic has led to huge advances in the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Read more
Medical Molecular Biology is the application of modern molecular biology and genetics in medical research, medical sciences and the clinic has led to huge advances in the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Students choosing to study the Medical Molecular Biology with Genetics program will enjoy a modular, but highly integrated course that delivers the theoretical knowledge and extensive practical laboratory experience required for progress on to PhD studies in medical molecular research and/or employment in molecular diagnostics or medical sciences industries.

Successful graduates will also have attained transferable skills required to independently adapt and optimize scientific methodologies, critically interpret and evaluate self-generated and published scientific literature and data and undertake a predominantly self-reliant approach to laboratory based work, study and research.

Modules:

Research Skills
Medical Biotechnology
Human Molecular Genetics
Human Immunology & Disease
Laboratory Molecular Research
Stem Cells, Disease & Therapy
Applied Anatomy & Histopathology
Research projects are run in the Robert Edwards laboratory and the laboratories of the North West Cancer Research Institute.

Semester 3 consists of a 60-credit laboratory based research project and dissertation.

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Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (BSc or equivalent) in Forensic Science or a related subject including Biosciences (Molecular Biology, Genetics, Human Genetics), Physical Anthropology, Archaeology and Criminalistics. Read more
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (BSc or equivalent) in Forensic Science or a related subject including Biosciences (Molecular Biology, Genetics, Human Genetics), Physical Anthropology, Archaeology and Criminalistics.

Selection of Candidates

Applications are reviewed by an admissions committee of departmental staff. Candidates are selected based on their academic qualifications and referee evaluations.

International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

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Translational Cancer Medicine enables you to gain detailed knowledge and understanding of research methods applied to rational drug design, clinical study design, molecular and cell biology, tumour immunology, genetics and cancer imaging. Read more
Translational Cancer Medicine enables you to gain detailed knowledge and understanding of research methods applied to rational drug design, clinical study design, molecular and cell biology, tumour immunology, genetics and cancer imaging. Practical experience gained through two six-month laboratory rotations.

Key benefits

- The range of topics including advanced imaging methods is unique for this translational cancer programme

- The sponsoring laboratories and departments all have international standing and have agreed to closely supervise the trainees

- Recently released data from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) shows that King’s College London is equal top in England (with Queen Mary, University of London) for its PhD completion rates. This programme will potentially select candidates for the PhD programme within the Division of Cancer Studies

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/translational-cancer-medicine-mres.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Overview of subjects covered:

• Biomarkers, biostatistics and modelling
• Breast cancer
• Cancer bioinformatics
• Cancer imaging (optical)
• Cancer imaging (PET)
• Clinical trials and translational research
• Gene discovery through to therapeutic applications
• Haemato-oncology and associated genetics/genomics
• Immunology of cancers
• Molecular pathology
• Signal transduction in cancers

- Course purpose -

The programme will provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of research methods applied to rational drug design, clinical study design, molecular and cell biology, tumour immunology, genetics and cancer imaging, all of which are relevant to Translational Cancer Research. In addition, practical experience will be gained through two laboratory rotations of six months duration.

- Course format and assessment -

Work with 2 supervisors and their teams, 6 months in each lab

Assignments:

• 30 credit taught module:

2-3 weekly lectures during first 3 months

Throughout the year, students also attend literature reviews and journal clubs that their labs/departments organise and any other internal or external seminars deemed relevant to their projects/assignments.

The assessment for this module is an essay on the fundamentals and the overall concept of Translational Cancer Medicine

• 75 credit laboratory based research project 1:

Assessed by a written dissertation, a seminar presentation and an oral examination

• 75 credit laboratory based research project 2:

Assessed by a draft of a paper of the standard and format required by a scientific journal.

Career prospects

Future PhD studies. Clinical and non-clinical academic careers in cancer medicine.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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Lead academic 2016. Dr Jonathan Wood. Translational Neuroscience looks at how laboratory research relating to brain structure and function informs the development of new therapies for diseases of the nervous system. Read more

About the course

Lead academic 2016: Dr Jonathan Wood

Translational Neuroscience looks at how laboratory research relating to brain structure and function informs the development of new therapies for diseases of the nervous system.

Combining the research strengths from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health and the Faculty of Science, leading international basic and clinical scientists will provide an innovative and progressive programme. You’ll study basic neurobiology and molecular biology through to neuroimaging and applied clinical practice.

The MSc will provide you with up-to-date knowledge of advances in the field, research experience with internationally renowned research groups and transferable skills to provide a springboard for your future career.

Our study environment

You’ll be based in teaching hospitals that serve a population of over half a million people and refer a further two million. We also have close links with the University’s other health-related departments.

Our research funding comes from many sources including the NIHR, MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, the Department of Health, EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, ARC, YCR, Cancer Research UK and BHF. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

You’ll also benefit from our collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

How we teach

Classes are kept small (15–20 students) to make sure you get the best possible experience in laboratories and in clinical settings.

Our resources

We have a state-of-the-art biorepository and a £30m stem cell laboratory. The Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) opened in November 2010. We also have microarray, genetics, histology, flow cytometry and high-throughput screening technology, and the latest equipment for bone and oncology research.

At our Clinical Research Facility, you’ll be able to conduct studies with adult patients and volunteers. The Sheffield Children’s Hospital houses a complementary facility for paediatric experimental medical research.

Hepatitis B policy

If your course involves a significant risk of exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissue, you’ll need to complete a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before starting. We conform to national guidelines that are in place to protect patients, health care workers and students.

Core modules

Molecular Neuroscience; CNS Structure and Function; Genetics and Modelling of Neurodegenerative Disease; Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Disease; Applied Neuroimaging; Neurophysiology and Psychiatry. A 20 week Research Project will be undertaken in the Summer Term.

Examples of optional modules

Option one: Literature Review and Critical Analysis of Science; Ethics and Public Awareness of Science.

Option two: Computational Neuroscience: Neurons and Neuronal Codes; Mathematical Modelling and Research Skills.

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory demonstrations, computer practicals and student-led group work. Assessment is primarily by written assignments and coursework, although there are some written examinations and oral presentations. The research project is assessed by a thesis 
and presentation.

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Lead academics 2016. Dr Janine Kirby and Professor Winston Hide. This course draws on expertise from three University faculties – Medicine, Dentistry and Health, Science and Social Sciences – and the Sheffield Genetics Diagnostic Service (Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust). Read more

About the course

Lead academics 2016: Dr Janine Kirby and Professor Winston Hide

This course draws on expertise from three University faculties – Medicine, Dentistry and Health, Science and Social Sciences – and the Sheffield Genetics Diagnostic Service (Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust). It’s aimed at professionals and students from health care and science backgrounds. The syllabus, as outlined by Health Education England (HEE), covers the scope and application of genomics in medicine and biomedical research as well as the ethical, social and legal issues relating to this field.

The course is taught by academics, scientists and clinicians. Techniques range from lectures and tutorials to laboratory workshops and online learning packages. You’ll get first-hand experience of hypothesis-driven research by carrying our your own project in Genomic Medicine.

Our study environment

You’ll be based in teaching hospitals that serve a population of over half a million people and refer a further two million. We also have close links with the University’s other health-related departments.

Our research funding comes from many sources including the NIHR, MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, the Department of Health, EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, ARC, YCR, Cancer Research UK and BHF. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

You’ll also benefit from our collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

How we teach

Classes are kept small (15–20 students) to make sure you get the best possible experience in laboratories and in clinical settings.

Our resources

We have a state-of-the-art biorepository and a £30m stem cell laboratory. The Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) opened in November 2010. We also have microarray, genetics, histology, flow cytometry and high-throughput screening technology, and the latest equipment for bone and oncology research.

At our Clinical Research Facility, you’ll be able to conduct studies with adult patients and volunteers. The Sheffield Children’s Hospital houses a complementary facility for paediatric experimental medical research.

Hepatitis B policy

If your course involves a significant risk of exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissue, you’ll need to complete a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before starting. We conform to national guidelines that are in place to protect patients, health care workers and students.

Core modules

An Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics; Omics Techniques and Application to Genomic Medicine; Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases; Molecular Pathology of Cancer; Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Health Care; Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease; Bioinformatics and Interpretation in Genomics; Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Applied Genomics.

Examples of optional modules

Option one: Research Project.

Option two: Literature Review; Workplace-Based Genomic Medicine; Professional and Research Skills.

Teaching and assessment

The MSc Genomic Medicine offers a wide range of delivery methods for providing theoretical knowledge, from lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials to computer-based analysis workshops as well as the opportunity to gain input from internationally renowned experts in their fields. The inclusion of problem-based learning is embedded within the course and features in combinations of online and in person interpretive class formats. Tutorials, seminars and individual meetings with staff provide opportunities for discussion and feedback. Each of the departments delivering the programme fosters an environment that provides many opportunities for individual and group learning. However, the primary responsibility for learning lies with the student, who must be organised and self-motivated to make the most of the programme.

PG Diploma and PG Certificate options available as entry options both full time and part time

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This comprehensive programme is intended for professionals specialising in paediatrics and child health and is based at the Institute of Child Health, which sits in a unique position in UK paediatrics because of its strong links to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and UCL. Read more
This comprehensive programme is intended for professionals specialising in paediatrics and child health and is based at the Institute of Child Health, which sits in a unique position in UK paediatrics because of its strong links to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and UCL.

Degree information

Students on this pathway gain an understanding of the principles of evidence-based paediatrics, and of the impact of molecular genetics on diagnosis and management of the child and family. They will build an awareness of current and future developments in paediatric medicine and child health and gain the skills necessary to critically appraise practice and policy, and undertake independent research if the full MSc is taken.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 9 months, flexible 2-5 years) is offered. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits). A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time 1 year, flexible 1-2) is offered. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits).

Core modules
-Evidence-based Child Health
-Research Methodology and Statistics

Students must also choose at least two further core modules from the following:
-Molecular Biology of Normal Development and Birth Defects
-Molecular and Clinical Aspects of Childhood Cancers
-Clinical Genomics, Genetics and Rare Diseases

Please note: those modules not taken as core will still be available as options

Optional modules - students must take at least two modules from those available across the other pathways of the Paediatrics and Child Health MSc, with the following modules particularly recommended for students in this area:
-Stem Cells and Tissue Repair
-Molecular Aspects of Cell and Gene Therapy
-Clinical Applications of Cell and Gene Therapy
-Applied Genomics

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and research project supervision. Assessment is through a combination of multiple choice questions and short answer questions, essays, posters, presentations, reflective portfolios, critical appraisal of the literature and, for the full MSc, a dissertation and oral presentation.

Careers

The programme provides an ideal foundation for further doctoral research in this field and/or a career in research and evidence-based practice in paediatrics.

Employability
The first cohort of students on the Paediatrics and Child Health: Molecular and Genomic Paediatrics MSc will graduate in 2016, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of Child Health pursues an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to enhance understanding, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of childhood diseases. Our research and our educational portfolio covers a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to population health sciences, and our structure facilitates interdisciplinary work and follows flexibility for the development of new areas of investigation.

Our close relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children means that much of our research and teaching is combined.

Students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.

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The MSc by Research in Biosciences (industry linked) gives you an opportunity to work on an industry linked research question in the Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab at Discovery Park (https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/social-and-applied-sciences/human-and-life-sciences/industry-liaison-lab/industry-liaison-lab.aspx), working with industry partners including Venomtech, Genea Biomedx and JSR Genetics.

The taught component means you will share a broad experience of methodological and research issues, allied with subject specific supervision, allowing you to develop a unique awareness of knowledge and experiences across the sciences in addition to a focus on your own research topic.

The MSC by research offers an innovative and flexible framework in which to develop and exploit the very best postgraduate research training possible (https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/social-and-applied-sciences/human-and-life-sciences/life-sciences/msc-by-research.aspx).

Format

The MSc in your chosen subject area is completed over the course of one year (two years if part time). Beginning in early September, the course combines 40 credits of taught modules in the first (Michaelmas) term with 140 credits of research during the remainder of the year. The taught component of the course will be multi-disciplinary in nature with lectures and seminars led by experts from across the range of subjects in the Faculty.

Suitability

Applicants should have a Molecular Biology or related degree. We are looking for highly-motivated and talented people who are about to complete, or have recently completed, their degree-level studies. Candidates must show enthusiasm and aptitude for molecular and cellular biology laboratory research. The student will predominantly be based at Discovery Park, Sandwich but will also spend time at the Canterbury Campus of Canterbury Christ Church University.

Assessment

Assessment will take many forms including traditional essays, team assignments, reflective logs, oral presentations, etc. All assessments will be completed before the end of the first term. You must pass all modules (40 credits) to progress to the research stage of the course. If any module is failed you’ll have one opportunity to resubmit prior to continuing with the research component of the module.

The largest part of the assessment will be based on your research output(s). Working with your Supervisor, you will have to decide what format the research output(s) will take. It may be a dissertation of approximately 16,000-20,000 word equivalent or a couple of research reports or research papers each of approximately 8,000 words in length. It may be possible that the research output could take some different form, e.g. an invention or patent, but a written component would still be required. The research output(s) will be assessed by an external examiner and you must pass this component of the module to receive the award of MSc.

How to apply

In the first instance should submit an application letter and CV to Simon Harvey (CCCU, ) at the earliest opportunity. Applications will be considered on a continuing basis until the post is filled.
For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx
Funding

Loans

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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