This postgraduate degree will provide you with instruction in current concepts and techniques of molecular genetics as applied in modern research, together with practical experience of experimental techniques. Although the course is demanding and challenging, our students tell us that they find it exciting, stimulating and rewarding.
During this intensive experimental course you will form strong working relationships with the other students and meet people from many different countries; our students make friendships that last many years.
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2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a biological science.
Significant relevant work experience may be considered.
English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
The taught part of the degree is based on eight, week-long experiments that you undertake in a fully equipped laboratory dedicated to the Molecular Genetics MSc. These are not like experiments you may have done before in your degree studies; here you will perform sophisticated molecular analyses yourself from start to finish. You will receive expert guidance from academic staff throughout the experiments and they will also make you think about what you are doing and why you are doing it.
This part of the course is organised in two large modules which also include lectures and tutorials:
Introduction to Techniques in Molecular Genetics and Data Analysis
Experimental Design and Application of Molecular Techniques to Research
You will choose your laboratory research placement from projects covering a broad range of disciplines involving molecular genetics and a variety of organisms. You will become part of an active research group employing modern approaches and technologies to solving significant research questions.
Projects undertaken by Molecular Genetics students have included:
Characterising actively transducing L1 retrotransposons in humans
DNA methylation and photoperiodism in the wasp N. vitripennis
Recombination hotspots in the human genome
Mitochondrial stress and autophagy in a Parkinson’s model
Genetic variation during persistent Meningococcal carriage
Third generation sequencing for complex genomes
Effects of folic acid deficiency on genome stability in mice
Characterisation of the PapsFIL gene in the opium poppy
Effect of bottleneck on phase variable genes of Campylobacter jejuni
Functional genomics of Bak1 polymorphisms and human platelets
An advanced model of Huntington´s Disease in Drosophila
The research training you receive and the research project you conduct will provide a training that PhD supervisors and employers value highly when recruiting from around the world.
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