University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen


The programme will take you through a wide-ranging curriculum describing some of the latest advances in genetics. It includes courses on molecular genetics, bioinformatics, simple and complex diseases, and immunogenetics. All these subjects are taught from the perspective of understanding how genetics is applied to increase our understanding of the causes and treatment of human disease. This includes the identification of genetic risk factors and their subsequent characterisation by functional genetics in laboratory model systems.

Entry requirements

A 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant molecular biology or medical biosciences discipline (for example biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, physiology, biomedical sciences). Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 6.0 in reading and writing) or equivalent.

Course modules

Semester 1: Human genetics (simple diseases); bioinformatics; statistics; introduction to molecular biology; introduction to immunology. semester 2: Human genetics (complex diseases); immunogenetics; genome-enabled medicine; research tutorials in genetics. Also research project and dissertation.

Assessment methods

Taught courses are assessed by a combination of written assignments and reports and by examination. A dissertation on the research project is written in the form of a research paper. Candidates are usually required to attend an oral examination with the external examiner


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

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