MSc Genetic Epidemiology

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  • Objectives
    To provide an understanding of the population and medical patterns of genetic effects in humans. To provide the tools to design the collection of population and familial data and for the analysis to elucidate those patterns.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Good class of degree in: a) mathematics or statistics or a degree with a substantial component of these subjects, or: b) genetics/biology/medicine and A Level Maths or Statistics (or equivalent), or practitioners in genetics/epidemiology.
  • Academic title
    MSc Genetic Epidemiology
  • Course description
    Course Content
    The course begins with four introductory modules on genetics, human genetics, statistics, computer programming and two modules on statistical approaches to epidemiology. These are followed by six specialist genetic epidemiology units covering population genetics, parametric and non-parametric linkage analysis, genetic association studies, segregation analysis, a themed seminar essay and a student selected research project.

    There are 12 modules in total. Eleven modules are lecture-based courses, providing both formal lecturing and practical experience of the material, through illustrated examples, use of relevant software, and completion of appropriate assignments. The seminar essay module consists of supervised/self-directed work leading to a written report on a topic presented and discussed at a recent scientific meeting.

    A substantial piece of research leading to a dissertation will be carried out after the lecture courses have finished. This will be on a topic of current importance in genetic epidemiology, and will be supervised by a member of staff in Mathematical Modelling and Genetic Epidemiology, possibly in collaboration with an external researcher.

    The 12 taught modules will be assessed through completion of an assignment, given out at the end of the module to be completed within two weeks. The major project will be assessed through written dissertation, with the additional requirement to make an oral presentation.

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