Research course

Population Genetics

University of Nottingham · Institute of Genetics

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Entry requirements

2:2 degree (or international equivalent) in a related subject.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

Masters by Research (MRes) programmes allow students to undertake a substantial amount of independent research while gaining 20 credits of transferable skills training. The programmes are flexible in nature and allow students to take some additional accredited taught credits, in consultation with their supervisor.

Population genetics studies the genetic variation that exists in wild populations, and the forces, such as selection, mutation and genetic drift, that shape this variation. Particular interests in the School involve the molecular genetic variation of humans and their viruses, and variation in wild populations of molluscs, foraminiferans and Drosophila. Projects may include:

  • studies on molecular evolution and phylogenetics using computer analysis of DNA and protein sequences
  • the genetic changes that are associated with speciation
  • evolution of transposable elements
  • the population genetics of genome structure

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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