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Genetic Medicine (MRes)

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Degree awarded
Master of Research
12 months full-time
Entry requirements

A BSc (normally a 1st or 2:1), MBChB, or equivalent is expected from a British university in an appropriate biological or medical subject. International candidates must have obtained the equivalent of a 2:1 in a related degree from a reputed University.

The course is open to medical or science graduates and intercalating medical students. Candidates on the undergraduate medical programme must have satisfactorily completed years 1-3 of the MBChB and be able to demonstrate a motivation for laboratory-based research in genetic medicine.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Ten places are available.
How to apply

To apply for a course you will need to complete and submit our online application form.

Apply online

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The MRes in Genetic Medicine programme combines high quality teaching on core concepts in genomic medicine with an emphasis on developing practical skills in genetics as applied to disease and healthcare.

Offered on a one-year full-time basis this Masters programme differs from other UK postgraduate genetics courses by allowing students to develop and conduct their own research projects over an extended period. The University of Manchester has an outstanding worldwide reputation within medical genetics and students will have the opportunity to conduct projects under the supervision of international experts in areas such as biochemical genetics, developmental genetics, ocular genetics, genetic health services research, common disease genetics (cancer and pharmacogenetics), and clinical neurogenetics.

Insights into the genetic basis of heritable disease and the associated molecular mechanisms has transformed our knowledge of the pathology of Mendelian disorders and also contributed to our understanding of common disease. Importantly, increased knowledge of underlying molecular pathways enables opportunities for the development of new therapeutic strategies. In order to exploit the potential of modern medical genetics, practitioners are now challenged with mastering many areas of genetics (e.g. clinical and molecular). This Masters by Research programme is designed to equip students with the latest knowledge and skills in genomic medicine that can then be applied within genetic healthcare and basic research.

The programme is therefore ideally suited to individuals seeking to bridge the gap between an undergraduate degree and the skills required to be competitive in obtaining a higher research degree, or those seeking a clinical or industrial career in genetics.

Programme committee

  • Dr Forbes Manson (programme director), senior lecturer in ophthalmology
  • Prof Bill Newman (deputy programme director), Professor of Translational Genomic Medicine and consultant in genetic medicine
  • Dr Liz Jones, consultant clinical geneticist
  • Dr Tao Wang, senior lecturer in cardiovascular disease
  • Dr Brian Bigger, reader in stem cells and neurotherapies


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
    International students (per annum): £20,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Additional expenses

Students will have to cover the cost of printing and binding their project report and dissertation.


Dorothy Trump Scholarship in Genetic Medicine

Dorothy Trump Scholarship in Genetic Medicine £1,000 to the most outstanding applicant to the MRes Genetic Medicine. 

Intercalating Students

£2,500 bursaries are available toward tuition fee costs for 2015 entry for all home intercalating students. Awarded based on application and performance at interview.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Medicine
Contact name
Dylan Mangan
+44(0)161 306 5439
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