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The Masters of Research (MRes) in Genetic Medicine is a pioneering new course providing extensive practical training in genetics as applied to disease and healthcare. Offered on a one-year full-time basis this Masters programme differs from other UK genetics postgraduate courses by allowing students to develop and conduct their own research projects over an extended period. The University of Manchester holds worldwide repute 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, health services research in genetics, common disease genetics (cancer and pharmacogenetics) and clinical neurogenetics. Medical genetics is increasingly important in directing clinical care, allowing clinicians and patients to gain insights into the genetic basis of heritable disease and the associated molecular pathological mechanisms. 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 genetic medicine that can then be applied within genetic healthcare and basic research. The course 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. The taught component of this Masters programme includes laboratory techniques workshops, research methods (ethics, statistics, and scientific presentation), subject-specific tutorials, and a lecture-series presented by experts within the department on a range of genetic diseases and health service provision topics. In addition students will be expected to attend the weekly genetic medicine seminars to learn of the research being conducted within Manchester and beyond. Students will undertake two research projects the first is a literature review on a topic students choose from a list provided by potential supervisors. This 10 week project will conclude with a research proposal that forms the basis of the second, laboratory based, project that runs over 27 weeks. Contributors to this Masters programme include eminent clinicians and scientists within the Genetic Medicine Research Group. Students will be based in the Department of Genetic Medicine in the newly built St. Mary?s Hospital and have ample opportunity to network with PhD researchers, post-doctoral staff and clinicians in order to shape their career options. This Master of Research programme is unique in the UK by providing the opportunity to undertake an extended independent research project taken from within a wide variety of genetic specialisms. The training is ideally suited to undergraduates looking to progress onto a PhD within genetics, seeking a career in industrial R&D, or pursuing clinical training within the NHS. Places are also available to intercalating medical students wishing to obtain a Masters degree during their MBChB training. Applications for entry in September 2011 are now being invited. Individuals should hold (or expect to obtain) an MBChB or minimum upper-second degree (or equivalent) in one of the biologicalmedical sciences. For further information, including course fees and details on applying, please refer to the MRes website: http:www.medicine.manchester.ac.ukpostgraduatemresgeneticmedicine Alternatively contact the Course Director, Dr Forbes Manson: forbes.manson@manchester.ac.uk

The Masters of Research (MRes) in Genetic Medicine is a pioneering new course providing extensive practical training in genetics as applied to disease and healthcare. Offered on a one-year full-time basis this Masters programme differs from other UK genetics postgraduate courses by allowing students to develop and conduct their own research projects over an extended period. The University of...

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