Human and Molecular Genetics, University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield the United Kingdom

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 11500 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 26200 per year

All study options

About Human and Molecular Genetics at University of Sheffield

Designed in collaboration with the NHS: Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Service, this course is for students who are fascinated by medical genetics. Through theoretical and hands-on practical skills training you'll explore human genetics and develop an understanding of how human genetic diseases are diagnosed clinically at the chromosome and DNA levels. You'll also have opportunities to explore the wider implications of genetics in fields such as human fertility, stem cell biology, organism development and the cellular role of RNA.

As part of your course, we'll train you in a wide range of exciting, modern laboratory techniques, including CRISPR genome editing, molecular cloning, organism handling, DNA sequence analysis, PCR, SDS-PAGE and western blotting.

The biggest part of your course is the medical genetics laboratory project. Here you'll spend six months undertaking extensive training in advanced laboratory techniques such as human cell culture, microscopy and cytogenetics before applying this knowledge to the study and diagnosis of human genetic diseases.

Example research projects include:

  • Clinical Functional Genomics of human peroxisomal disorders
  • Diagnostic FISH for Clinical Genetics: Avoiding unnecessary invasive tests
  • The role of human ribonucleoproteins (hnRNPs) in the 3D-organisation of the genome
  • Culture adaptation in human lymphoblastoid cell lines: The impact of media supplementation

Students also have the opportunity for remote NHS clinical work placements in our new Julia Garnham Centre, working under the supervision of NHS Geneticists from the Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust.

Intercalation

We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 11500 per yearInternational course feesGBP 26200 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Fees for 2023 entry are not yet available. Please use these 2022 fees as a guide

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in molecular biology or a related subject (e.g. biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, microbiology).

We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

We may also consider your application if you do not meet the standard academic requirements but you have relevant professional experience. An interview will be required in this case.

We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

Entry requirements for international students

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for a pre-masters programme in Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

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