University of Edinburgh: Animal Breeding and Genetics (MSc/Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip)

InstitutionUniversity of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Biological Sciences
Telephone 0131 650 7482
Study type Taught


This programme provides training in genetics and quantitative skills which are increasingly required by industry and research to exploit the explosion of information in genomics; students gain the knowledge and skills required to apply quantitative genetics theory to practical problems in the animal science industry, and to undertake research in quantitative genetics, genome analysis and animal improvement.

3 course options

Qualification MSc
Level SCQF Level 11
Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological or biomedical sciences, medicine, agriculture or animal sciences, with evidence of quantitative skills.

We will also consider your application if you have a background in mathematics, statistics or physics and can show evidence of an interest in genetics, or if you have less than the minimum qualification but can show sufficient additional relevant experience (e.g. several years working in the animal breeding sector).
All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.


This programme consists of two semesters of taught courses followed by a research project, leading to a dissertation.


Compulsory courses: population and quantitative genetics; genetic interpretation; linkage and association in genome analysis; animal genetic improvement; research proposal; dissertation. Option courses: statistics and data analysis; molecular phylogenetics; bioinformatics; molecular evolution; genetics of human complex traits; quantitative; genetic models; functional genomic technologies; evolutionary quantitative genetics.

Location Central area campus
George Square

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