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Animal Breeding and Genetics

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
35900 GBP/year
18100 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Animal Breeding and Genetics programme offered by The University of Edinburgh forms part of the Quantitative Genetics suite of programmes offering three specialist routes, which also include Human Complex Trait Genetics and Evolutionary Genetics.


The revolution in genetic mapping technology and the advent of whole genome sequences have turned quantitative genetics into one of the fastest growing areas of biology.

Based in the internationally renowned Institute of Evolutionary Biology, this MSc draws from the wealth of expertise available there, as well as the teaching, research expertise and facilities of:

  • Scotland’s Rural College
  • the University’s Centre for Genomics and Experimental Medicine
  • the Medical Research Council’s Human Genetics Unit
  • the Roslin Institute (birthplace of Dolly the sheep).

Career opportunities

In the Animal Breeding and Genetics programme offered by The University of Edinburgh, you will develop the in-depth knowledge and specialised skills required to apply quantitative genetics theory to practical problems, in both the biomedical and animal science industries, and to undertake research in evolutionary genetics, population genetics and genome analysis.

Programme Structure

  • This programme consists of two semesters of taught courses followed by a research project, leading to a dissertation.
  • Courses are taught via lectures, tutorials, seminars and computer practicals. Assessment is by written examinations, in-course assignments and project work.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological or biomedical sciences, medicine, agriculture, or animal sciences, or a degree in mathematics, statistics, or physics from applicants intending to transfer into the biological sciences.
  • We will also consider your application if you have less than the minimum qualification but can show sufficient additional relevant experience such as significant work history in a related discipline.
  • Your application must show evidence of an interest in genetics alongside quantitative skills.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35900 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    18100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18100 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • Home - £18,100
  • International/EU - £35,900

MSc Part-time 

  • Home - £9,050
  • International/EU - £17,950

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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