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
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.
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
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
- +44 114 222 2341