MSc Human Molecular Genetics
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
Professor Philippe Froguel
You are strongly encouraged to apply before 1 July 2017
This course provides a broad grounding in human genetics, with the emphasis on the molecular aspects of human genetics, particularly in relation to human disease.
It is aimed mainly at science graduates who seek research careers in areas such as fundamental human molecular genetics, genetic factors in human health and disease, or molecular and cytogenetic approaches to diagnosis.
The course is flexible, and updated regularly to reflect important advances in human genetics.
Teaching covers a wide range of topics, including fundamental human genetics, clinical genetics and statistical genetics, together with advanced human genetics, which covers areas of human disease, such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and rare monogenic disease.
In addition to four weeks of laboratory teaching, the research part of the course comprises a six-month project where students undertake novel research within an active research group environment.
Approximately 50% of our students go on to do a PhD, 25% become research assistants/associates, while others go on to jobs in industry or further studies (bioinformatics/ computing, medicine).
Typically one or two students every year enter the NHS in clinical genetics training posts.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
You will study:
- the fundamentals of human and molecular genetics
- basic cytogenetics
- approaches to the analysis of human monogenic disease
- complex polygenic diseases
- statistical genetics
- quantitative genetics
- animal models and transgenesis
- an introduction to clinical genetics and genetic counselling services
- gene therapy
- cancer genetics
There are up to four weeks of intensive laboratory practical sessions, as well as computer practicals in statistical genetics and bioinformatics, regular research seminars on site, student seminar and journal presentations, study group activities and a six-month full-time research project in the summer.
Tuition fees and funding
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.
Tuition fees (Home and EU students)
Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)
Postgraduate Master's loan
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.
There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.
Accommodation and living costs
Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.
You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.
A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).
We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.
Minimum academic requirement
2.1 Honours degree in biochemical sciences, genetics or a related subject.
The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.
We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.
If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.
English language requirement (all applicants)
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.
For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.
All applicants must apply online.
You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.
Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 July 2017. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.
If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2017 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.
You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.
Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.
For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.