Taught course


University of Aberdeen · College of Life Sciences and Medicine

Entry requirements

A second class honours degree or equivalent in molecular biology or medical biosciences such as Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology, Biomedical Sciences

Months of entry


Course content

To equip today's graduates with a thorough understanding of genetics as it relates to medicine and human disease. Advancements and breakthroughs in genetics are constantly reported in the news and media. This interest and curiosity is fuelled by the latest research that offers the potential to better diagnose, and hopefully treat, disease. These goals will continue to be delivered by the next generation of research scientists and clinicians.

The MSc programme is divided into three sections: two term sessions consisting of a series of taught courses and the research project. The taught part of the programme consists of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions. First Half-Session courses: Molecular Biology Basics, Advanced Molecular and Functional Genomics, Applied Statistics, Medical Genetics. Second Half-Session courses: Data Analysis, Clinical and Biochemical Genetics, Genetics of Common Diseases, Human Population Genetics. Research Project: A project involving original research is carried out over the last four months of the MSc programme. The work is written up in the form of a thesis.

Taught courses are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment (such as essays, practical laboratory write-ups, oral presentations) and written degree examinations. The written degree examinations are held in January (for First Half-Session courses) and April (for Second Half-Session courses), and progression to a research project is dependent on satisfactory performance in all courses. The research project is assessed by oral presentation, assessment of the project work and thesis. Candidates will also attend an oral examination with the external examiner.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment27
Dissertation40 (10000 words)

Course contact details

College of Life Sciences and Medicine Graduate School
+44 (0)1224 437096
+44 (0)1224 437097