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Genomic & Experimental Medicine MScR

Course Description

Research profile

The University of Edinburgh Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine (CGEM) is part of the MRC / University of Edinburgh Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM).

CGEM’s mission is to use genetics and genomics to understand the mechanisms of disease and design novel intervention strategies. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the research outputs of CGEM investigators were returned in the Clinical and Hospital based subjects Unit of assessment and received the highest possible rating (5*).

We undertake detailed studies of populations, families and individuals to study a wide range of health related conditions.

We use state-of-the-art genetic, epigenetic, genomic, statistical, bioinformatic, biological and molecular approaches in model systems and clinical studies for systematic investigation of disease aetiology.

With this knowledge, we aim to improve disease prediction, prevention and prognosis. Our translational agenda encompasses the development of new medicines and genetically-informed use of existing medicines in clinical trials.

MSc by Research

Our MSc by Research enables students to work on a year-long research project. Applicants will need to have identified a supervisor willing to take them on before applying formally.

Training and support

CGEM offers an exceptional, well-managed and well-equipped laboratory environment for cutting edge research and research training. Within CGEM there are ~25, and within the IGMM over a hundred, PhD students, overseen by a well-established Graduate School structure.

Training sessions for PhD students are available in a wide variety of topics. These include: good research practice; experimental design; data analysis and statistics; student-supervisor working relationships; research ethics and assessment mechanisms, as well as lectures/workshops on specific wet and dry laboratory techniques.

There is a Postgraduate Studies Committee (PGSC) which is responsible for student training and assessment. Its role is to develop and implement guidelines for optimal student training, and to ensure best practice in monitoring and assessment. Assessments are carried out by carefully selected thesis committees, who remain with the student throughout their PhD. The committees consist of the Supervisors, an External Member (with expertise relevant to the student’s project) and an experienced Chair.

The students also have a thriving postgrad society which runs career talks, social events and an annual scientific retreat.


A principal aim of both CGEM and the IGMM is develop fully integrated, multi-disciplinary research programmes across the whole spectrum of basic, clinical and translational research. We have state of the art imaging, DNA sequencing and drug discovery units, a bioinformatics service and excellent lab facilities.

Visit the Genomic & Experimental Medicine MScR page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for our research programmes is an undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK). For some non-UK applicants the entry requirement is a Masters degree. Please check the entry requirements by country.

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