Masters degrees in Medical Genetics administer training in techniques for investigating, identifying, and treating genetic abnormalities. Specialisations include Genetic Epidemiology, Developmental Genetics, and Stem Cell Therapy.
Postgraduate specialisms and related topics include Genetics of Human Disease, Prenatal Genetics and Genome Analysis as well as branches of Genomics and broader Molecular Biology.
You will gain specialist knowledge of the role of genetics in human disease, developing academic and practical experience in areas such as diagnostics, population screening, immunology, and genomics.
Practical training is offered primarily through lab work, including experiment design, manipulating and examining tissue culture and gaining experience in molecular techniques. Vocational training in bioinformatics and data collection is also a large component. Consideration is also given to issues such as ethics and policy within medical practise.
Traditional careers include clinical genetics and genetic counselling, working with individuals, families or whole communities. Roles in pharmaceuticals and veterinary medicine are also possible. Your expertise may also be suited to policy-making for government agencies, NGOs, and charities. If you would prefer a career in academia, your Masters would provide excellent groundwork for further research at PHD level.