Taught course

Molecular Genetics

University of Leicester · Department of Genetics

Entry requirements

First or second class honours degree in a biological science or related subject awarded by a British university, or equivalent. Significant relevant experience may also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Hosted by Genetics Department, awarded highest grade 5* in RAE for international research excellence.
Provides instruction in current concepts and techniques of molecular genetics applied in modern research. Offers practical experience of experimental techniques.
Suitable for graduates who want employment in molecular, biomedical or biotechnological research, or for entry to PhD programmes.
1/3 of MSc is taught elements centered on practical experiments to develop analytical and reasoning skills and learn planning and execution of investigations.
2/3 of MSc based on research project within an active research group. Broad range of topics involving molecular genetics and a variety of organisms.

Information for international students

English language requirements apply. If taking the IELTS test a minimum score of 6.5 is required. If taking the TOEFL test a minimum score of 600 is required for paper based test, or 250 for computer test or a score of 100 for Internet based test.

Fees and funding

International students can apply for one of the University's Open Scholarships worth £3000. These are awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months


full time
4 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations11
Written coursework / continuous assessment28
Dissertation28 (15000 words)
Research performance in project work33

Course contact details

Dr Fred Tata
0116 252 3428
0116 252 3378