Over the last two decades human genetic material (the genome) has been studied intensively. International research initiatives such as the Human Genome Project and HapMap (a map of haplotypes) provide a wealth of information about the number and structure of human genes and genetic variation.
This creates opportunities for discovering new proteins and studying their structure and function. It also provides insights into how genetic variation can change an individual's characteristics, such as their susceptibility to complex genetic diseases or response to medicines (pharmacogenomics).
New technologies are constantly being developed to study nucleic acids and proteins. They provide the tools for further advancements in research and applications such as medical diagnosis and rational drug design.
The course provides you with advanced knowledge in key areas of molecular biology, human genetics and protein structure and function, and will equip you to study applications in bioinformatics, pharmacogenomics and disease diagnosis.
Practical experiments form an integral part of a number of the taught modules. You can take modules individually as short courses.
You can find careers in areas such as
* biomedical sciences
* medical research in universities and hospitals
* the pharmaceutical industry
* government research agencies.
You also gain a sound basis for conducting research to PhD level in bioscience.
* recombinant DNA technology
* cell biology
* protein structure and function
* analytical techniques in disease diagnosis
* human genetics: heredity and disease
* research methods
* research project
* cell pathology
* advanced bioinformatics
* molecular pharmacology
* molecular biotechnology
You can choose from a range of projects. Study at PgCert and PgDip is made up of taught components only.
Normally by written examinations and coursework including
* problem solving exercises
* case studies
* practical laboratory work.
Research project assessment includes a written report and viva voce.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.