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Molecular Genetics and Diagnostics MSc

Molecular Genetics and Diagnostics MSc

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

Study the theory, practical aspects and existing and emerging technologies that underpin molecular genetics and the diagnosis and understanding of disease.


This course is suitable for graduates in life sciences, biomedical sciences and allied subjects, as well as those already employed in science, laboratory or medical fields. We welcome UK, EU and international applicants.

Our courseis unique. You’ll explore the molecular genetic basis to disease from both a human and infectious disease perspective.

Key topics that you’ll cover include:

  • the molecular basis to human genetic diseases
  • the molecular basis to infectious diseases
  • molecular diagnostic technologies in healthcare
  • bioinformatics and statistics
  • research skills

On this course, you will:

  • experience advanced study in the theoretical and practical aspects of the genetic basis and diagnosis of disease from both human and pathogen perspectives
  • be involved with an active research laboratory where you will develop the skills essential for a career in research
  • train to carry out critical evaluation of published scientific papers and develop the ability to report and interpret results
  • study the latest diagnostic technologies in healthcare


Upon graduation, our students are internationally competitive and go on to establish a range of successful careers. These include studying for a PhD in internationally-recognised research laboratories worldwide, or alternatively working in industry or the healthcare sector. Previous graduates have also obtained positions as trainee diagnostic geneticists.

Students from our full suite of MSc courses have gone on to a variety of positions - here are a few examples:

  • PhD – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Infection Control Nurses
  • NHS Clinical Scientists
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist – AMGEM Biotech
  • PhD – School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • Clinical Trial Data Managers
  • Application Specialist Biological Sciences – Japan
  • Biomedical Scientists (BMS1)
  • Research Technician – University of Nottingham
  • Research Scientist – GlaxoSmithKline


This module will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the application of molecular diagnostic techniques in the health service including genetic counselling, molecular clinical genetics, cytogenetics, population screening, and cellular pathology. You?ll explore the factors to be considered for setting up a molecular diagnostic laboratory as well as appreciating the ethical considerations to genetic counselling and genetic screening.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

2.2 hons degree or international equivalent. Applicants should hold a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in life sciences, biomedical sciences or allied subjects, awarded from an approved University.