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About Human Genetics
Masters degrees in Human Genetics provide advanced training in the study of the human species, including origin, inheritance, and genetic variation. Specialisations include Clinical Genetics, Cancer Genetics, Neurological Science, and Healthcare Biotechnology.
Related topics include branches of Medicine, Healthcare and Biotechnology as well as fields such as Gerontology, Developmental Biology and Pathology. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in one of the Biological Sciences.
You will gain a multitude of transferrable skills through a combination of academic enquiry and practical research. Practical skills are predominantly developed through laboratory work, including experiment design, bioimaging, chemical examination, and gene recombination. Training in computer science such as bioinformatics is also a vital part of these courses. You will be expected to interpret genetic data through practises such as quantitative genetics, to identify genetic variants and traits of inheritance.
Topics covered on each course vary, but will typically include human evolution and population genetics, responses to disease and vaccinations, and medical practices such as organ transplantation.
Traditional career routes include clinical medicine, genetic counselling, and laboratory roles within industrial contexts. More exotic careers may include routes in forensics, archaeology, or paleobiology.
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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 MRC Human Genetics Unit discovers how changes in our DNA impact our lives. We combine the latest computational and experimental technologies to investigate how our genomes work to control the function of molecules, cells and tissues in people and populations. Read more
The revolution in genetic mapping technology and the advent of whole genome sequences has turned quantitative genetics into one of the fastest growing areas of biology. Read more
The Institute of Genetic Medicine brings together a strong team with an interest in clinical and developmental genetics. Our research focuses on the causes of genetic disease at the molecular and cellular level and its treatment. Read more
Students in the Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomic Data Analytics (MSGDA) will benefit from foundational coursework in human genetics, cutting edge courses in the applied life sciences, and an innovative human genomics curriculum that combine to prepare them for the exciting field of genomic data analytics. Read more
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. Read more
KGI’s two-year Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling (MSGC) program is dedicated to benefiting society through the education, training, and development of innovative, collaborative, culturally-competent, articulate, and caring genetic counselors who will serve the needs of individual patients, the healthcare system, and the bioscience industry. Read more
The MPhil in Human Evolutionary Studies is a full-time interdisciplinary course, taken over a period of ten months, and involving teaching in evolutionary anthropology, human and hominin morphology, primate behaviour and evolution, archaeology and genetics. Read more