Essential Genetics, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 28 days
  • English ()
University rank #65 (QS) ,
This Essential Genetics course at University of Glasgow aims to describe the structure, organization and replication of DNA, present the properties of genes and their inheritance, and discuss the nature of mutations, genetic variation and gene mapping.


Who are you? Do you know why you have the eye colour you do? In humans, which has evolved more quickly – the brain or sperm? Are you fascinated by genetics? From Mendel’s Peas to the sequencing of the Human Genome, explore how this field of biological science has led to the discovery of the genes that make us unique, as well as those that cause devastating diseases.

The Essential Genetics programme is offered by the University of Glasgow.  


The course will be assessed through a series of take-home exercises, closed book quizzes and a final, overall assessment of analysis skills and comprehension of the course content conducted at the end of the course.????

Why Glasgow?

You will be coming to an institution whose alumni include:

  • James Renwick, who pioneered the use of genetic markers to map disease genes on human chromosomes
  • Malcolm Ferguson-Smith, who was one of the first geneticists to provide a diagnostic and counselling service to patients with genetic conditions.

An active cohort of University research groups continue to advance our understanding of gene inheritance and function today.

The course will be a mixture of lectures, problem based learning, discussion sessions and self-directed learning. You will benefit from a high staff to student ratio and instructors who are happy to answer questions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 28 days
  • Credits
    15 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

You will also learn about the nature of the genome projects and their applications, discuss the nature of human genetic disease – especially diagnostics and treatments – and reflect on the ethical implications of advances in genetics.

We provide training in the analysis of sequence data and patterns of inheritance, and enable you to appreciate the role of genetics in the study of many fields of biology.

For more information, please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Entry requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent)

If your first language is not English, you must meet our minimum proficiency level:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training) overall score of 6.0, with no sub test less than 5.5
  • we also accept equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications such as ibTOEFL, CAE, CPE and more

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3350 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3350 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 28 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3350 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3350 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 28 days.
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Living costs for Glasgow

  • 620 - 1020 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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