Postgraduate Courses

MSc, M Phil and PhD in Genomics in Society

Developments in science and technology are playing an increasingly important role in our daily lives, and genomics is one of the most important of these new technologies. The Genomics in Society MSc will provide a unique opportunity to gain a critical understanding of the significant social implications of today’s genomic technologies, ranging from genetic tests to GM crops to cloning. The programme provides a focus on the fundamental philosophical, sociological and cultural issues raised by genomics alongside a close engagement with the science itself. You will be able to pursue questions such as: • How does knowledge of our genetic make-up influence our ideas about our identity and social status? • How do patients interpret the results of genetic tests? • What is the future of stem cell research? • Should companies be allowed to own genes? • How should genomic knowledge be regulated? • Can agricultural genomics help those in the developing world? Students will have the option of taking courses in the biological foundations of genomics. All students will be trained in social science methodology and will develop advanced research skills which will be valuable for future work or study.

Institution: Exeter University
Department: ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (EGENIS)
Entry: Normally at least a 2.i honours degree in a social science, biological science or related discipline.
Funding: UK/EU studentsŁ3675(full-time) pro-rata credit-based (part-time)International studentsŁ9150 (full-time) pro-rata credit-based (part-time)
Starting: October
Address: ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (Egenis) Amory Building University of Exeter EX4 4RJ
Telephone: 01392 262053
Contact: Prof Steve Hughes
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