MSc Precision Medicine / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2024

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

You must include a personal statement that uses the format outlined in the Advice to applicants section.

Advice to applicants

We require the following documents before we can consider your application.

A personal statement (maximum 500 words). The personal statement is a very important aspect of the application process for the MSc Precision Medicine. It is particularly important that applicants convey prior research experience, which may be a final year project or work experience. The personal statement must be written using the following structure and include the following details:

  • Why you are interested in this course (approx. 100 words).
  • How this course aligns with your future career goals (approx. 100 words).
  • Outline your relevant skills and research experience, giving examples of your ability to work both independently and in groups (approx. 200 words).
  • Give an example where you solved a scientific problem during your undergraduate research project (approx. 100 words).
  • In one sentence outline what future work you would propose for the project you have discussed above.

In addition to the above, we also require:

  • Transcript of your studies to date.
  • Degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
  • Curriculum vitae (CV).
  • An academic reference. You will be required to provide the name and contact details of two referees during completion of the application form.

Your referees will be contacted directly and asked to provide a letter of reference. When providing referee details, you must ensure the email addresses are accurate and official, typically ending with an institutional domain. We do not accept references provided from a personal email address, eg Hotmail or Gmail.

If any of the supporting documents are not in English, you must also provide us with official or certified English translations.

If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

How your application is considered

When we receive all required supporting documentation, your application will be reviewed by the relevant Course Director. Applicants are considered on an academic and relevant professional experience basis, based on all information provided.

Interview requirements

All applicants are interviewed prior to being offered a place on the course. This involves a short presentation followed by questions.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 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.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. This means that if you intend to begin a course on 16th September 2024, we will not issue you with a CAS number before 16th June 2024.

Your CAS number is only valid for one student visa application.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.