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Full time | Queen's Medical Centre | 1 year | FEB-21

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

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Course type


Course Summary

Research overview

Masters by Research (MRes) programmes allow students to undertake a substantial amount of independent research while gaining 20 credits of transferable skills training. The programmes are flexible in nature and allow students to take some additional accredited taught credits, in consultation with their supervisor.

Molecular genetics is the study of genes at the molecular level. It focuses on the processes that underlie the expression of the genetic information from the DNA into the functional proteins that execute the genetic programme.

Within the School of Life Sciences, research in molecular genetics is concentrated in the human genetics, fungal biology, and developmental genetics and gene control groups. In the human genetics group, research in this area includes:

  • studies of the molecular basis of myotonic dystrophy and the identification of genes involved in cardiac development
  • the molecular genetics of muscle disease
  • mouse models of muscle disorders and molecular genetic approaches to anthropology and human population genetics

In the fungal biology group, there are studies on the molecular events that determine stress responses during polarised growth, protein folding and secretion in yeasts and filamentous fungi; the molecular and cellular effects of stress on yeast cells and the genetic mechanisms that control sex in fungi.

The developmental genetics and gene control group focuses on the mechanisms of eukaryotic gene expression and the genetics of vertebrate embryonic development. Developmental studies are focused largely upon the mechanisms that control stem cell fate. Projects on the control of gene expression address the machinery used by cells to achieve appropriate levels of functional transcripts. These studies include control of transcription and the mechanisms of RNA maturation.

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

International fees will be charged as follows, depending on the nature of your project: £18,420, £23,760, £26,250 or £35,220.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.