Newcastle University
Medical Genetics MRes
Newcastle University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our Medical Genetics MRes is a research-based course with a taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research.

Applications for this course are now open You can now apply for September 2021 entry using our postgraduate application portal.

The course is designed for graduates with a BSc in the life sciences or other science disciplines, and for intercalating and fully qualified MBBS or BDS students. It can be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or as an entry route onto a PhD or MD.

The taught component of the course includes subject-specific content in the area of medical genetics. You have the flexibility to develop your own bespoke course by selecting additional, complementary modules. You will also participate in training in general research principles, and other professional and key skills.

Your research project comprises the major element of the course. This project will involve 24 weeks of research in an area of medical genetics under the supervision of an expert academic researcher in the field.

The course allows you to experience an internationally competitive research area, predominantly in academia but also potentially in industry.

Medical Genetics MRes is closely linked to a suite of MRes courses that you may also be interested in: •Ageing and Health MRes •Animal Behaviour MRes •Biotechnology and Business Enterprise MRes •Cancer MRes •Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease MRes •Cell Signalling in Health and Disease MRes •Diabetes MRes •Epidemiology MRes •Evolution and Human Behaviour MRes •Immunobiology MRes •Medical Molecular Biosciences MRes •Mitochondrial Biology and Medicine MRes •Molecular Microbiology MRes •Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) MRes •Neuromuscular Diseases MRes •Neuroscience MRes •Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine MRes •Systems Biology MRes •Toxicology MRes •Translational Medicine and Therapeutics MRes •Transplantation MRes.

Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School:

Our Medical Sciences Graduate School is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. We can help and advise you on a variety of queries relating to your studies, funding or welfare.

Our Research Student Development Programme supports and complements your research whilst developing your professional skills and confidence.

You will make an on-going assessment of your own development and training needs through personal development planning (PDP) in the ePortfolio system. Our organised external events and development programme have been mapped against the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to help you identify how best to meet your training and development needs.

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 152 graduates of Medical Genetics MRes at Newcastle University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Genetics.

Overall student satisfaction
71 /100
152 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Medical Genetics MRes at Newcastle University

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Medical Genetics MRes at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20000 £21000 £26000
25-75 percentile range £17000 - £24000 £16000 - £26500 £20000 - £32500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Genetics

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22000 £22000 £27500
25-75 percentile range £19500 - £26000 £17000 - £28000 £22000 - £34500

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Medical Genetics MRes at Newcastle University

12% Sales occupations
12% Elementary occupations
10% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
8% Business and public service associate professionals
7% Administrative occupations
6% Secretarial and related occupations
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Animal care and control services
4% Natural and social science professionals
4% Teaching Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Others
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Medical Genetics, MRes.

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in: • a life science or related discipline • or an MBBS/BDS degree This programme accepts both medical and dental students wishing to take a master's degree as an intercalation. You will need to have successfully completed your third or fourth year of study. Practical laboratory work experience is desirable, although not essential. The modules you can study may depend on your academic background. International Students: To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills). Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course. Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests. You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter. The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of Newcastle University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Newcastle University in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #35 
    • #46 
    Biological Sciences
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #9 
    • #101 
    Biological Sciences
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]
    • #8 
    • #117 
    Biological Sciences
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #19 
    • #150 
    Biological Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #9 
    • #136 
    Molecular Biology & Genetics
    NTU by Subject
    [Published 20 October, 2021]

See all university rankings of Newcastle University

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About Newcastle University

Founded in 1834, Newcastle University is located in the small city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Less than an hour’s bus ride from the coast, this institution of higher education offers Undergraduates modern lecture theatres, state-of-the-art laboratories, and spaces for socialising and for being creative such as their Fine Arts Hub. Postgraduate students have their own library, complete with a laptop loan system and assistance from knowledgeable librarians to ensure that students have every means of succeeding.

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Where is this programme taught

Newcastle Campus
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