Research course

Human Genetics Research Group

University of Nottingham · School of Biology

Entry requirements

2:1 degree (or international equivalent) in a related subject; professional experience may also be considered

Months of entry


Course content

Within Human Genetics, research covers a number of areas relevant to human disease. The Armour group studies the evolution of copy number variation (CNV) and the role of CNVs in complex traits including Crohn’s disease and psoriasis. There is a focus on neuromuscular disorders including myotonic dystrophy and congenital heart disease (Brook), the dystroglycanopathies and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (Hewitt). Group members also study chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Kalsheker), and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) (Morgan), where international collaboration with the Mayo Clinic (USA), GERAD (European), and IGAP (Worldwide) Consortia has led to the discovery of over 20 new genes involved in AD. Time magazine rated this work as one of the major scientific breakthroughs of 2009. Helen Knight, who recently joined the group after an MRC career development fellowship in Oxford, is focused on bioinformatic analysis of rare genetic variants and cognitive disease in AD phenotypes.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Life Sciences web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559