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.
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.
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.
"UCL has a lot of facilities that make your educational journey very interesting. The state-of-the-art laboratories, the interactive and scenario-based learning methods, the libraries and the location of the school in the heart of London made it even more amazing than I could ever hope for!"
"Learning at UCL was one unique experience. The fact that the teaching encompasses real research experiences and current practical problems in the domain of genetics has enabled me to get an insight into what I call 'real science'. The appreciation of one's ideas and the encouragement to go beyond the conventional makes the programme highly desirable."
"UCL is a leading university in this field, it was the obvious choice to further my education. In addition to this the campus is in a prime location for exploring London."
The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (with funding from the Department for International Development (DFID), and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom.The aim of the scheme is to assist students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. The scheme allows them to benefit from postgraduate study at a university in the United Kingdom which will help them to contribute toward the development of their home countries.Awards are for taught Master's programmes only, subjects must be related to the economic, social and technological development of a candidate's country. UCL expects to be able to allocate five awards this academic year.Applicants must: - Be nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently be living or studying in a developed country (please see the CSSS information booklet for a list of eligible countries); - Hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level; - Be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme; - Have not previously studied for one year or more in a developed country; - Not be employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable); - Be themselves, or through families, unable to pay for the proposed programme of study in the UK; - Be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.Value, Benefits and Duration: - The award will cover tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, economy air travel to and from the UK at the beginning and end of the scholar’s degree programme plus additional discretionary allowances. - Awards are normally tenable for one year.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Be nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently be living or studying in a developed country (please see the CSSS information booklet for a list of eligible countries); - Hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level;
You must separately apply for admission to UCL for one of the eligible programmes through the standard admissions procedure. You must apply for the scholarship on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Electronic Application System (EAS) online following the procedures described on their website.
Normally, a minimum of an upper-second class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline such as in biomedical sciences, life sciences or a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with an appropriate professional qualification and relevant work experience may also apply.
Recipient: University College London
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