University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

Medical Genetics and Genomics

The increasing impact of genetics in healthcare and the development of newer sophisticated technologies requires contributions from research scientists, clinical laboratory scientists and clinicians to investigate the causes of, and therefore permit optimal management for, diseases for which alterations in the genome, either at the DNA sequence level or epigenetic level, play a significant role. Collaboration between staff from the University of Glasgow and the NHS West of Scotland Genetics Service enables the MSc in Medical Genetics and Genomics to provide a state-of-the-art view of the application of modern genetic and genomic technologies in medical genetics research and diagnostics, and in delivery of a high quality genetics service to patients, as well as in design of targeted therapies. **Academic contact: med-sch-medgen-msc@glasgow.ac.uk Admissions enquiries: www.gla.ac.uk/enquirenow September start MSc (Med Sci): 12 months full-time : (24 months part-time by special arrangement)** **WHY THIS PROGRAMME** This is a fully up-to-date Medical Genetics degree delivered by dedicated, multi-award-winning teaching and clinical staff of the University, with considerable input from hospital-based Regional Genetics Service clinicians and clinical scientists. The full spectrum of genetic services is represented, from patient and family counselling to diagnostic testing of individuals and screening of entire populations for genetic conditions: eg the NHS prenatal and newborn screening programmes. The MSc Medical Genetics Course is based on the south side of the River Clyde in the brand new (2015) purpose built Teaching & Learning Centre, at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospitals (we are located 4 miles from the main University Campus). The Centre also houses state of the art educational resources, including a purpose built teaching laboratory, computing facilities and a well equipped library. The West of Scotland Genetic Services are also based here at the Queen Elizabeth Campus allowing students to learn directly from NHS staff about the latest developments to this service. The close collaboration between university and hospital staff ensures that the Medical Genetics MSc provides a completely up-to-date representation of the practice of medical genetics and you will have the opportunity to observe during clinics and visit the diagnostic laboratories at the new Southern General Hospital laboratory medicine building. The Medical Genetics degree explores the effects of mutations and variants as well as the current techniques used in NHS genetics laboratory diagnostics and recent developments in diagnostics (including microarray analysis and the use of massively parallel ["next-generation"] sequencing). New developments in medical genetics are incorporated into the lectures and interactive teaching sessions very soon after they are presented at international meetings or published, and you will gain hands-on experience and guidance in using software and online resources for genetic diagnosis and for the evaluation of pathogenesis of DNA sequence variants. You will develop your skills in problem solving, experimental design, evaluation and interpretation of experimental data, literature searches, scientific writing, oral presentations, poster presentations and team working. This MSc programme will lay the academic foundations on which some students may build in pursuing research at PhD level in genetics or related areas of biomedical science or by moving into related careers in diagnostic services. The widely used textbook "Essential Medical Genetics" is co-authored by a member of the core teaching team, Professor Edward Tobias. **Programme alteration or discontinuation** The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. For more information, please see: Student contract. www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/senateoffice/studentcontract/

Entry requirements

MSc (MedSci): You should have a degree with Honours or equivalent in a relevant biological science. Applicants with a degree in medicine / dentistry or equivalent and a clear interest in genetics will also be considered. You are required to provide two references and a full degree transcript with your application. English language requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training) overall score 6.5 no sub-test less than 6.0 or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification: Common equivalent English language qualifications All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme: ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20 Listening: 19 Speaking: 19 Writing: 23 CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59 Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme. Pre-sessional courses The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses: School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study BALEAP guide to accredited courses

Course modules

Genetic Disease: from the Laboratory to the Clinic Case Investigations in Medical Genetics and Genomics Clinical Genomics Omic technologies for the Biomedical Sciences: from Genomics to Metabolomics Frontiers in Cancer Science Disease Screening in Populations SNP Assay Design and Validation Medical Genetics and Genomics Dissertation Teaching and Learning Methods Electronic Resources

Assessment methods

Dissertation

Sponsorship information

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc (MedSci) Full-time September 2019 21,000 per Year 1 (International) 12 Months
MSc (MedSci) Full-time September 2019 7,650 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 Months
MSc (MedSci) Full-time September 2019 7,650 per Year 1 (England) 12 Months
MSc (MedSci) Full-time September 2019 7,650 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 Months
MSc (MedSci) Full-time September 2019 7,650 per Year 1 (EU) 12 Months
MSc (MedSci) Full-time September 2019 7,650 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 Months
MSc (MedSci) Part-time September 2019 - 24 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Glasgow G12 8QQ Scotland

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Contact: 
Med-sch-medgen-msc
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01413304515