University of Glasgow: Molecular Genetics

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Life Sciences
Telephone 0141 330 4515
Study type Taught


This Masters programme in Biomedical Sciences offers research training for those intending to proceed to PhD. It is largely based on individual research projects rather than coursework, and allows you to specialise is a particular area of study.

**Academic contact:
Admissions enquiries:
September start
MRes: 12 months full-time**


Ranked amongst the world top 100 for biological sciences.

This MRes Biomedical Science provides training in a wide range of modern molecular biology techniques required to pursue a research career.

You will gain valuable practical research experience by using the skills and techniques acquired during the programme to complete two extensive research projects.

This programme is distinctive in that students complete two different extensive research projects of their choice, allowing them to acquire a wide range of knowledge and skills directly relevant to the study of human disease.

If you are aiming to study for a higher biomedical science degree, this programme is designed for you.

If you want to enter the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, this programme provides excellent training and is an ideal introduction for overseas students who may wish to proceed to PhD biomedical science studies in the UK.

You can choose to specialise within a particular discipline or area, which can be important for career development, see programme structure below for more information.


The overall aims of the programme are to provide you with
- the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to pursue a career in laboratory research.

- a theoretical and practical understanding of advanced techniques used in modern biomedical sciences research.

- the opportunity to practice research skills in the laboratory by completing two extensive research projects.

**Core courses include:**
- Molecular genetics of Disease

- Higher Skills in Biomedical Sciences

- Two individual 12 week research projects (By undertaking these two research projects in a cognate research area, MRes students can choose to specialise in a particular discipline or area.)

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

This program will prepare you for careers within life sciences, particularly those in which research plays a key role. You will be equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to allow you to progress as a researcher or as a basis to pursue a PhD within the life sciences or medical sciences.
Previous students have gained employment within:
PhD positions
Contract Research Organisations
Clinical Sciences
Research Development Management
Medical Writing
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnical Industries

Masters in Research (MRes)

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