Postgraduate Study in Genetics

The Department, one of the leading Genetics and Genome Biology Department in the country, aims to provide every opportunity for postgraduate students to develop into mature and independent research scientists.  Enthusiastic, hard-working students who wish to work in a multidisciplinary environment on an exciting project are encouraged to apply.


Academic enquiries:   Please contact our Postgraduate Tutors:

Admissions:           Dr Celia May 

Pastoral:                Dr Edward Hollox

                              Prof Yuri Dubrova


For administration enquiries please contact: 

For student information and how to apply please see The Doctoral College

Postgraduates have full access to research equipment and facilities within the Department and contribute to a significant part of the research output.

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Research Degrees PhD, involves a 3 to 4 year research period with a specific Supervisor (plus co-supervisors for some interdisciplinary projects).

We offer a one year MSc Molecular Genetics course which has an initial formal taught element in our teaching laboratory as well as a 6 month research project in a research laboratory.

The Department also runs the MSc in Bioinformatics, in collaboration with the Department of Biochemistry. This course, which takes up to 15 students each year, aims to develop the skills needed for a career in this multi-disciplinary field, covering both the necessary molecular biology and information technology.

Our Postgraduate training, at both MSc and PhD levels, is fully integrated and forms an important component of the Departmental research programme.

The department provides a stimulating and supportive environment for postgraduate education. Our Postgraduate Training Programme aims to develop postgraduate students into mature and independent research scientists possessing highly marketable scientific skills.

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Contact Details

Department of Genetics
University of Leicester

Adrian Building
University Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3374
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Head of Department
Professor Alison Goodall

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