Taught course

Human and Molecular Genetics

University of Sheffield · Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in molecular biology or a related subject (e.g. biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, microbiology).

We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

We may also consider your application if you do not meet the standard academic requirements but you have relevant professional experience. An interview will be required in this case.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore human genetics and develop an understanding of how human genetic diseases are diagnosed clinically at the chromosome and DNA levels.

Course description

Designed in collaboration with the NHS: Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Service, this course is for students who are fascinated by medical genetics. Through theoretical and hands-on practical skills training you’ll explore human genetics and develop an understanding of how human genetic diseases are diagnosed clinically at the chromosome and DNA levels. You’ll also have opportunities to explore the wider implications of genetics in fields such as human fertility, stem cell biology, organism development and the cellular role of RNA.

As part of your course, we’ll train you in a wide range of exciting, modern laboratory techniques, including CRISPR genome editing, molecular cloning, organism handling, DNA sequence analysis, PCR, SDS-PAGE and western blotting.

The biggest part of your course is the medical genetics laboratory project. Here you’ll spend six months undertaking extensive training in advanced laboratory techniques such as human cell culture, microscopy and cytogenetics before applying this knowledge to the study and diagnosis of human genetic diseases.

Example research projects include:

  • Clinical Functional Genomics of human peroxisomal disorders
  • Diagnostic FISH for Clinical Genetics: Avoiding unnecessary invasive tests
  • The role of human ribonucleoproteins (hnRNPs) in the 3D-organisation of the genome
  • Culture adaptation in human lymphoblastoid cell lines: The impact of media supplementation


You’ll have the opportunity to do a remote NHS clinical work placement in our new Julia Garnham Centre in the School of Biosciences. The centre provides students with essential experience and training in genetic analysis, upskilling the next generation of genomic scientists and technologists.

After initial training you’d be working under the supervision of NHS Geneticists from the Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust to prepare cases for NHS Healthcare Scientists to analyse. We’re currently focussing on the karyotyping of bone marrow samples from haemato-oncology referrals.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School website.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 114 222 2341