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Molecular Genetics and Diagnostics (MSc)

Course Description

The MSc Molecular Genetics and Diagnostics is suitable for graduates in life sciences, biomedical sciences and allied subjects, as well as people already employed in related fields who wish to improve and update their knowledge and gain valuable experience.

The course is designed to explain the technology, theory and practical approaches of molecular genetic methods to the diagnosis and understanding of human disease.

The course has a start date in September,

The course aims to:

• Provide an advanced course of study in the theoretical and practical aspects of the genetic basis and diagnosis of human disease
• Allow students adequate time to integrate into an active research laboratory where they are able to develop the skills which are essential when considering a career in research
• Train students to carry out critical evaluation of published scientific papers so that they develop the ability to report and interpret results

The academic staff involved with the course are recognised at an international level for their work on the genetic basis of complex diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Alzheimer's disease and infectious disease caused by clinically relevant microbial pathogens such as Pseudomonas spp., Yersinia spp. and Staphylococcus spp. Colleagues working in Molecular Diagnostics and Clinical Genetics within the NHS also contribute to the teaching on the course.

Key Facts

• The MSc Molecular Genetics and Diagnostics was previously known as the MSc Molecular Diagnostics, and has been running since 2004
• One of the many strengths of the course is the five-month research project that is conducted in the laboratory with a member research staff within the School
• The latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed The University of Nottingham's position as a world class research-led institution. Over 60% of the University's RAE scores identified research as being of a level of international excellence.
• This achievement has helped put Nottingham in the world’s top 1% of Universities internationally according to the latest (2014) QS World University Ranking.
• The peer-reviewed research carried out within the Human Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Bacteriology groups is recognized as being of either international or world-class standard.
• The MSc Molecular Genetics and Diagnostics is coordinated by academic staff within the Molecular and Cellular Bacteriology Research Group, part of the School of Life Sciences. Staff are based either within the Centre for Biomedical Science, a new state of the art research and teaching centre, the adjacent medical school which itself is located in the Queen’s Medical Centre or the Nottingham City Hospital.
• Extensive IT facilities are available across all campuses, including several computer rooms within the medical school.
• The University library service provides access to more than a million books and journals. The Greenfield Medical Library houses a broadly-based collection of biomedical, nursing and healthcare-related books and periodicals and holds current subscriptions to 780 journals, reports and series titles. In addition to the print versions housed in the library, the majority of journals can be accessed electronically.

Visit the Molecular Genetics and Diagnostics (MSc) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

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.

(Student Profile)

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!


School of Life Sciences Post Graduate Taught course Scholarship 2016-17 - 12 Awards

The School of Life Sciences is offering 12 x £1,000 Scholarships towards tuition fees for the students who register to undertake one of the MSc courses offered by the School of Life Sciences to commence study in September 2016. The Scholarships are open to Home, European Union and International fee paying students; scholarships are awarded based on academic performance and individual merit. In order to apply for the scholarship applicants must have a copy of an acceptance letter confirming that you have a place of study for September 2016.The closing date for International student scholarship applications is 12:00 midday (UK time) on 24th June 2016.The closing date for Home and EU student scholarship applications is 12:00 midday (UK time) on 12th August 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)



These scholarships are available to International, Home and European Union students. This is a competitive scheme and students will be awarded a scholarship on academic and individual merit.

Application Procedure

In order to apply for the scholarship you must have a Conditional Offer of a place of study.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2.2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Course Fees

Please see the University website for details

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