M.Sc. Quantitative Genetics & Genome Analysis

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP25900 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP13000 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
The revolution in genetic mapping technology and the advent of whole genome sequences has turned quantitative genetics into one of the fastest growing areas of biology. Quantitative Genetics & Genome Analysis is a suite of programmes offering specialist routes in Animal Breeding & Genetics, Evolutionary Genetics, or Human Complex Trait Genetics.



This MSc draws from the wealth of expertise available in the internationally renowned Institute of Evolutionary Biology, where it is based, as well as the teaching, research expertise and facilities of the Scotland's Rural College, the Universityís Centre for Molecular Medicine, the Medical Research Councilís Human Genetics Unit and the Roslin Institute (birthplace of Dolly the Sheep).

Each year the syllabus is fine-tuned to suit current issues in evolutionary, plant, human and animal genetics.

Students who are uncertain about how they intend to specialise are recommended to apply to this programme, and may change their degree selection to one of the specialist degrees during the year.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • GBP25900 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP13000 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.



  • £6,500
  • £12,950
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

This programme consists of two semesters of teaching through lectures, tutorials, seminars and computer practicals, followed by a research project.

Compulsory courses

  • Population and Quantitative Genetics
  • Genetic Interpretation
  • Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Linkage and Association in Genome Analysis
  • Mini Research Project
  • Either Bioinformatics or Molecular Phylogenetics

Optional courses (selected according to degree specialisation)

  • Quantitative Genetic Models
  • Molecular Evolution
  • Genetics of Human Complex Traits
  • Animal Genetic Improvement
  • Evolution and Climate Change

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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The minimum entry requirement is normally a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in biological or biomedical sciences, medicine, agriculture or animal sciences, with evidence of quantitative skills.

Alternatively a background in mathematics, statistics or physics with evidence of an interest in genetics will be considered.

Students with less than the minimum qualification who can show sufficient additional relevant experience will also be considered.

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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