Taught course

Genetic Medicine

The University of Manchester · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

The course is open to medical or science graduates and intercalating medical students.A BSc (normally a 1st or 2:1), MBChB, or equivalent is expected from a British university in an appropriate biological or medical subject. International candidates must have obtained the equivalent of a 2:1 in a related degree from a reputed University.Candidates on the undergraduate medical programme must have satisfactorily completed years 1-3 of the MBChB with no failure at any examination.

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters of Research (MRes) in Genetic Medicine is a pioneering new course providing extensive practical training in genetics as applied to disease and healthcare. Offered on a one-year full-time basis this Masters programme differs from other UK genetics postgraduate courses by allowing students to develop and conduct their own research projects over an extended period. The University of Manchester holds worldwide repute within medical genetics and students will have the opportunity to conduct projects under the supervision of international experts in areas such as biochemical genetics, developmental genetics, ocular genetics, health services research in genetics, common disease genetics (cancer and pharmacogenetics), and clinical neurogenetics.

Medical genetics is increasingly important in directing clinical care, allowing clinicians and patients to gain insights into the genetic basis of heritable disease and the associated molecular pathological mechanisms. In order to exploit the potential of modern medical genetics, practitioners are now challenged with mastering many areas of genetics (e.g. clinical and molecular). This Masters by Research programme is designed to equip students with the latest knowledge and skills in genetic medicine that can then be applied within genetic healthcare and basic research. The course is therefore ideally suited to individuals seeking to bridge the gap between an undergraduate degree and the skills required to be competitive in obtaining a higher research degree, or those seeking a clinical or industrial career in genetics.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 6.5, or TOEFL 575 paper-based or 230 computer-based.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Medicine
+44(0)161 275 1783