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Animal Breeding and Genetics PGDip

Animal Breeding and Genetics PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Animal Breeding Genetics

Course type


Course Summary

The revolution in genetic mapping technology and the advent of whole genome sequences have turned quantitative genetics into one of the fastest growing areas of biology. Each year the syllabus is fine-tuned to suit current issues in evolutionary, plant, human and animal genetics. This programme forms part of the quantitative genetics and genome analysis suite of programmes offering three specialist routes, which also include Human Complex Trait Genetics and Evolutionary Genetics.

You will develop the in-depth knowledge and specialised skills required to apply quantitative genetics theory to practical problems, in both the biomedical and animal science industries, and to undertake research in evolutionary genetics, population genetics and genome analysis.

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Study mode

Full time


9 months

Start date



This course will introduce students to the subject of their main MSc project. It will be assessed by a presentation and a written report that will be modelled on the scientific component of a grant proposal. The student will be expected to have meetings with their supervisor during the semester, who will arrange for them to have access to the data they will be analysing in their project work, and to introduce them to the methodology they will be using. The student will be expected to perform and a feasibility assessment, together with power calculations, if appropriate.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological or biomedical sciences, medicine, agriculture, or animal sciences, or a degree in mathematics, statistics, or physics from applicants intending to transfer into the biological sciences. We will also consider your application if you have less than the minimum qualification but can show sufficient additional relevant experience such as significant work history in a related discipline.