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MSc Genetics

Course Description

The MSc degree in Genetics will take you through a wide-ranging curriculum describing some of the latest advances in genetics. It includes courses on molecular genetics, bioinformatics, simple and complex diseases, and immunogenetics.

All these subjects are taught from the perspective of understanding how genetics is applied to increase our understanding of the causes and treatment of human disease. This includes the identification of genetic risk factors and their subsequent characterisation by functional genetics in laboratory model systems.

During the MSc programme, you will study a large range of topics including

• Human Genetics – Simple Diseases
• Bioinformatics
• Statistics
• Introduction to Molecular Biology
• Introduction to Immunology
• Human Genetics – Complex Diseases
• Immunogenetics
• Genome-enabled medicine
• Research tutorials in Genetics

There will also be an opportunity for you to conduct; an extended research project based in one of the labs in the Institute of Medical Sciences. Working in a world-class research facility alongside experienced researchers, you will carry out novel research on molecular genetics or medical genetics, before writing your work up in the form of a dissertation.

Many of the graduates from this programme have gone on to undertake PhD research within the genetics field or to work in academic research groups. Graduates from this programme can also progress to work in hospital genetics laboratory services, in science education and training, in scientific publishing, in the scientific civil service, and in scientific regulatory and advisory government agencies.

Visit the MSc Genetics page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A second class degree (at least 60% or GPA 2.4/4), in Genetics or other relevant life sciences discipline. Applicants whose first language is not english should note that english language proficiency is also required, more information can be found at View Website

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