Genetics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
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  • English (take IELTS)
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Genetics is of fundamental importance to all branches of modern biology, from evolutionary biology to medicine, and extends into many practical areas, such as biotechnology and agriculture. At The University of Manchester you will discover the principles of heredity and evolution and learn how we can map genes, and understand their function.


You will consider how the development of multi-cellular organisms can progress from a single cell through regulated courses of gene expression, and learn the detailed mechanisms by which genes can be switched on and off. You will understand how model organisms, such as the fruit fly and the mouse, are of enormous biomedical importance, and learn how our genetic make-up can predispose us to different diseases.

The human genome project has provided us with the sequence of the entire human genome and identified around 25,000 human genes. The challenge now is to understand the function of all these genes, determine how they cooperate to make us who we are, and to learn how we can best use this knowledge to improve human society.

More recently, the advent of low-cost next-generation DNA-sequencing technologies will provide a wealth of genetic information for many different organisms and many different people. Genetics will therefore play a key role in deciphering and utilising this wealth of information in the future.

In the final year of this four year course a major research project is undertaken, culminating in the award of an undergraduate masters qualification.

Career opportunities

This course was new for 2016 and we envisage that graduates of this course will continue on with research within the field of Genetics. The significant research skills and experience gained in the final year-long research project will be attractive in both industry and academia.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • From Molecules to Cells
  • Introduction to Laboratory Science
  • Introduction to Experimental Biology - Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Biodiversity
  • Genes, Evolution and Development

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements


Grades AAA-ABB.

  • Your subjects should include 2 `hard sciences' - Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths. You must pass the practical assessments in these subjects .
  • You must have a grade A in one of - Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths.
  • If your grades are AAB or higher we will accept a grade A in Geography, Psychology, Environmental Studies or PE in place of one of the hard sciences.
  • Subjects with overlapping content are not normally accepted together as separate A levels: e.g. Further Maths not accepted alongside Maths; Human Biology not accepted alongside Biology.
  • General Studies is welcomed, but is not normally included as part of the offer.

2 AS-Levels at grades BB or higher are acceptable in place of the third non-science A-level.

English language

Either GCSE grade C (or 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England) in English Language, IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.5 in any component) or an equivalent qualification.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 21000 International
  • GBP 9250 EU/EEA
  • Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 per annum. 


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