Program Overview

This MSc in Molecular Genetics is a one-year full-time course for biological sciences graduates to learn and develop an understanding of current concepts in modern molecular genetics, and how to apply these techniques. The course is divided into a taught phase and extended research project within the College of Life Sciences. The taught phase provides the scientific knowledge underpinning the basis of modern techniques and the research project provides a unique opportunity to put these skills into practice. 


By studying this MSc, you will be learning in a challenging but exciting, stimulating and rewarding environment. You will form strong working relationships with the other students and meet people from many different countries; our students make friendships that last many years.


LeicesterUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 21,000


IELTS: 6.5


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The taught part of the degree is based on eight, week-long experiments that you undertake in a fully equipped laboratory dedicated to the Molecular Genetics MSc. These are not like experiments you may have done before in your degree studies; here you will perform sophisticated molecular analyses yourself from start to finish. You will receive expert guidance from academic staff throughout the experiments and they will also make you think about what you are doing and why you are doing it.


This part of the course is organised in two large modules which also include lectures and tutorials:


  • Introduction to Techniques in Molecular Genetics and Data Analysis
  • Experimental Design and Application of Molecular Genetic Techniques in Research

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.


You will choose your laboratory research placement from projects covering a broad range of disciplines involving molecular genetics and a variety of organisms. You will become part of an active research group employing modern approaches and technologies to solving significant research questions.


Projects undertaken by Molecular Genetics students have included:


  • Characterising actively transducing L1 retrotransposons in humans
  • DNA methylation and photoperiodism in the wasp N. vitripennis
  • Recombination hotspots in the human genome
  • Mitochondrial stress and autophagy in a Parkinson's model
  • Genetic variation during persistent Meningococcal carriage
  • Third generation sequencing for complex genomes
  • Effects of folic acid deficiency on genome stability in mice
  • Characterisation of the PapsFIL gene in the opium poppy
  • Effect of bottleneck on phase variable genes of Campylobacter jejuni
  • Functional genomics of Bak1 polymorphisms and human platelets
  • An advanced model of Huntington's Disease in Drosophila

Assessment of the Masters Research Project is in three parts: your research performance, a dissertation you write about your research and a seminar you will present at the end of the project.

2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a biological science.


Significant relevant work experience may be considered.


English Language Requirements
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.


International Qualifications
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UK Students
This is the total course fee.


Starting in September 2022

  • £9,500

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.


International Students
This is the total course fee.


Starting in September 2022

  • £21,000


You will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.


From 2022 onwards, EU nationals will pay the International fee. If you are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, you may qualify for the UK fee (subject to criteria).

International students who study at the University of Leicester may be eligible for a Graduate Visa which grants permission to stay in the UK for at least 2 years after successful completion of their course.

The course is ideally suited for students aiming to gain further experience in experimental protocols for a career in laboratory science. As the techniques are broadly applicable to a range of organisms and samples, the course provides career opportunities in various laboratory settings and stages of research or practical application.


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