Quantitative Genetics

Aims and Outcomes

The main aims and outcomes of completing a quantitative genetics MSc programme.

Our suite of MSc Programmes provides students with a thorough grounding in the theory and applications of quantitative genetics skills necessary for a career in research. Many of these skills (for example critical and quantitative thinking, programming, and scientific communication) are transferable to a wide range of other professions.


Our educational goals are to:

  • improve your knowledge and understanding of quantitative genetics and its applications;
  • develop your research skills in the application of quantitative genetics;
  • raise an awareness of current prospects/potential and unanswered questions in quantitative genetics; and
  • improve your career prospects by developing a range of transferable skills such as numeracy, programming, and science communication.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of our programme will gain:

  • a clear overview of the theoretical and intellectual basis of quantitative genetics;
  • experience with computational approaches to address quantitative genetic problems;
  • an understanding of potential applications of quantitative genetics to industry and research situations;
  • an appreciation of the roles of computational and experimental research in biology;
  • the ability to appraise information from disparate sources in relation to scientific hypotheses and communicate your knowledge to the wider public; and
  • the experience of presenting scholarly work that demonstrates an understanding of the aims, methods and considerations required as well as an ability to form your own conclusions.