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  Molecular Genetics and Diagnostics MSc

University of Nottingham    School of Life Sciences

Full time September MSc 1 year full-time
Biological Sciences (4)

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The Molecular Genetics and Diagnostics MSc is an exciting programme that delves into the fascinating world of genetic diseases from both a human and infectious disease perspective. This unique course covers a range of topics, including the molecular basis of human genetic diseases, infectious diseases, molecular diagnostic technologies, bioinformatics, and statistics. With a 2:2 honours degree in life sciences, biomedical sciences, or related subjects, you can embark on this journey of advanced study. You'll have the opportunity to work in an active research laboratory, develop critical evaluation skills, and explore the latest diagnostic technologies in healthcare. Join us and become a part of cutting-edge research in this rapidly evolving field.

About the course

Our course is unique. You’ll explore the molecular genetic basis to disease from both a human and infectious disease perspective.

Key topics that you’ll cover include:

  • the molecular basis to human genetic diseases
  • the molecular basis to infectious diseases
  • molecular diagnostic technologies in healthcare
  • bioinformatics and statistics
  • research skills

On this course, you will:

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Entry Requirements

2:2 honours degree in life sciences, biomedical sciences or allied subjects

 Course Content

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Nottingham

Student Profiles

Natalie Pickwell


After completing my Degree in Genetics in 2008 I left education to work for the NHS. After a 4 year break I decided it was time to return to education and gain my master’s degree and chose Nottingham University as the place I wished to study. I can honestly say I have no regrets.

The course

This course has been a fantastic experience, the lecturers are approachable and many of the sessions are interactive, working in small groups problem solving and then comparing notes. We regularly had guests come and lecture about their specialisms and how their fields are evolving with the advent of new molecular techniques. Being able to undertake a laboratory research project as part of the course has provided me with invaluable skills and enabled to me to venture to a different part of campus, meet new people and have some wonderful experiences as well as helping me to decide on the next step in my career. The support from the staff and department as a whole is brilliant.


For the sociable individual, there are a whole range of extra-curricular activities on campus to enjoy, I particularly love the Judo club, not to mention the city itself. The combination of a brilliantly run course and the extra activities has made my time at Nottingham extremely enjoyable and unforgettable experience.

Lorenzo Pavanello


After completing my undergraduate Biotechnology studies in Milan, I decided to undertake a Masters degree in the UK. This was as I wanted to learn English for scientific research and improve my knowledge in Genetics. Therefore, I planned a one-week journey around the country to visit 4 universities.

Why Nottingham?

After my trip, it was clear that The University of Nottingham was where I wanted to study. It provided the best facilities and labs, while the people were always willing to help.

The course

I started studying hard from the very beginning! In the second semester, which included the most interesting courses, a 4-month research project was scheduled for students to practice all the techniques learnt during the lectures.

I am currently doing this research project and have to say it is one of the best experiences of my life. I feel independent when performing my experiments but, at the same time, I can always share ideas or doubts with my supervisor or other PhD students around the lab.


When studying for exams, the libraries saved my life! I now consider it normal to have silent rooms where you can concentrate, free wi-fi, free iPads and laptops, screens for group projects and presentations and easy accessible printers - but this is absolutely outstanding!

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