The University of Manchester
Medical Genetics MPhil
The University of Manchester

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our PhD/MPhil Medical Genetics programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Medical Genetics.

The field of genomic medicine integrates basic and clinical research. At a genetic level, the aim is to identify the genetic basis of both single gene and complex disorders.

This includes studying the normal role of the genes and proteins that have been identified, as well as understanding the functional consequences of pathogenic genetic variants.

Ultimately, the aim is to translate this research knowledge into healthcare benefits, including improved diagnosis and management, as well as, ultimately, into new treatment methods for the conditions investigated.

The University of Manchester has internationally-recognised expertise in several areas of genomic medicine that include the following:

  • Biochemical genetics: Diagnosis, research and development of treatmentsof a range of metabolic and lysosomal diseases, including mucopolysaccharide diseases.

  • Developmental genetics: The main aim is to understand the cellular and molecular processes behind both normal development and genetic disease and to improve diagnosis and management of human genetic disorders and birth defects. Manchester leads the European Reference Network for this group of disorders. Major programs of work include studies on the genetic basis and molecular treatment of visual impairment; chromatin remodelling disorders, including Kabuki syndrome.

  • Health services research in genetics: Qualitative and quantitative programmes focused around the evaluation of genetics clinical services and the psychosocial impact of genetic disease.

  • Cancer genetics: Includes research into the inherited forms of breast and colorectal cancer. We also have specific interests in neurofibromatosis and schwannomatosis linked to nationally commissioned clinical services.

  • Neurogenetics: Includes conditions encountered in paediatric neurogenetic practice, with the aim of improving the diagnosis, management and, ultimately, treatment of these disorders. Particular expertise has been developed in the study of Aicardi-Goutières syndrome.

  • Inflammatory disorders: rare Mendelian forms of inflammation can provide insight into common disorders including systemic lupus erythematosis.

  • Renal genetics: studies on the lower urinary tract include characterising bladder disorders including urofacial syndrome and bladder exstrophy. Expertise is considerable in renal cystic disease and induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) modelling.

  • Cardiac Genetics: Studies on the rare inherited heart rhythm disorder catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia include variant characterisation and treatment modelling using iPSC.

  • Pharmacogenetics: study of how genetic variation can result in different responses to medication and how to avoid adverse reactions in clinical practice and the effects of medication taken in pregnancy on the developing fetus.

State-of-the-art genomic technologies including exome and genome sequencing are employed in the centre to facilitate the work.

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 6 graduates of Medical Genetics MPhil at The University of Manchester for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Genetics.

Overall student satisfaction
59 /100
6 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 MPhil at The University of Manchester

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Medical Genetics MPhil 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 £21000 £22000 £29000
25-75 percentile range £18500 - £25000 £17500 - £26500 £23000 - £35000

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 MPhil at The University of Manchester

25% Natural and social science professionals
15% Elementary occupations
15% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
15% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
10% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
10% Business and Financial Project Management Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

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
    • All other courses
    • 6.5
    • Manchester Business School East - Undergraduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Manchester Business School - Graduate Degrees
    • 7.0
    • Graduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)
    • 7.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)
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, MPhil.

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification.


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 The University of Manchester in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of The University of Manchester in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #8 
    • #8 
    Biological Sciences
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #4 
    • #30 
    Biological Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #6 
    • #47 
    Biological Sciences
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #6 
    • #76 
    Biological Sciences
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]
    • #6 
    • #72 
    Molecular Biology & Genetics
    NTU by Subject
    [Published 20 October, 2021]

See all university rankings of The University of Manchester

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About The University of Manchester

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