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University of Birmingham: Functional Genome Biology

Institution University of Birmingham View institution profile
Department School of Biomedical Science
Study type Taught


Genome biology is the biological science of the 21st century and has the potential to transform medicine. It is powerfully informative about how DNA and genomes are organised and controlled. An understanding of its core principles and how it responds to stresses and interventions is a requirement for future research leaders.

This programme places you at the centre of world-leading expertise to provide a unique training experience, offering cutting-edge taught and research training in all aspects of genome biology.

As a research Masters degree, it prepares you for the next stage in a research career. Its delivery focuses on substantial hands-on, real world training to give you the employability skills you will need for PhD and industry positions.

Molecular mechanisms are at the basis of physiology, development, diseases and infections, and are key to the development of novel treatments for diseases. The programme will allow you to develop an understanding of the fundamental aspects of genome regulation, repair and replication. You will gain bioinformatics/computer-based skills that use the latest omic technologies to analyse large and complex datasets, along with lab-based interventional approaches using new technologies. You will also develop a deep knowledge and understanding of genome biology analysis and experimentation, and how this links to addressing biomedical questions. This will be complemented by a wide range of practical laboratory skills and hands-on experience of cutting-edge techniques, as well as transferable skills of time and project management, teamwork and scientific communication.

Why study this course? - Only programme of its kind in the UK

  • Research-driven Masters, informed by our world-leading research in genome biology

  • Teaching and assessments are centred around giving you a real world experience of being a researcher in a laboratory

  • We will offer laboratory projects to every student, government guidance permitting

  • Opportunity to participate in the Birmingham Symposium on Genome Structure and Function.

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Our high-quality teaching and supervision will help you take your skills and career to the next level.

Here, you’ll feel engaged, motivated and challenged, as part of our inclusive community that has a strong research culture.  At Birmingham, we’ll support your health, wellbeing and personal development. While our professional and academic careers services will help you take the next step. This is your time. This is your place.

With more than 600 taught programmes and a range of research opportunities to choose from, Birmingham is one of the most popular UK universities for postgraduate study.

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