You will need to meet the entry criteria to be considered for this course.

Human DNA

Undergraduate degree or equivalent*

To be eligible for this course you must have a minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant bioscience degree. You may be invited to interview to determine that your genetics knowledge base is sufficient to cope with the rigour of the course. As such, a 2:2 may not always be sufficient to guarantee a place on the course.

*Must be completed, awarded and certified by 1 August 2019.

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries. Please see the country-specific information section of our website or contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if your country is not listed.

English language

English language tests are valid for only two years, as English language ability changes from year to year. If you've completed a test which is now considered out of date, you may be required to complete another, though applicants are only permitted a maximum of two test attempts within one year.

Non-standard applications

Alternative professional qualifications may be considered. Non-standard candidates may be required to submit supplementary details and/or attend interviews or selection days. Students attending interviews will be asked in advance if they have specific requirements so that reasonable adjustments can be made. Given that some of the candidates may have employment commitments, interviews may also be arranged and conducted via Skype.

IELTS Overall 7.0 with 6.5 in Listening, 6.5 in Reading, 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in Speaking.
Pearson Test  Pearson (PTE Academic) Test overall 67 with 60 in Listening, 60 in Reading, 67 in Writing, 60 in Speaking.
Cambridge English Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) Cambridge English Advanced overall 185 with no less than 176 in each section.
Cambridge English: Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English)  Cambridge English: Proficiency overall 185 with no less than 176 in each section

Other essential criteria

Personal statement

You will be asked to outline your reasons for applying for the course in a brief personal statement on the application form.


You must also provide two satisfactory references to support your application, both dated within the last year (from date of application). Typically the referees would be two academic references or (if the candidate is applying for part-time study) one academic reference and one professional/employer reference.

Your referees should know you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. We do not accept references from family, friends, partners, ex-partners or yourself.

References must be submitted using the online application system. References should cover your suitability for the course and your ability to engage in academic processes according to the guidance and questions included in the form.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 09 April 2019 17:43