Medical Genetics, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2023/2024

  • Autumn 2023, 100%, Campus

    Start date: 28 August 2023

    End date: 26 September 2023

    Application deadline: 17 April 2023

    Application code: UU-42002 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits in science, medicine and pharmacy (maximum 240 credits)

    Registration: Please contact the department.

Entry requirements: 180 credits from educational programmes in biochemistry/chemistry, biology, biomedicine/medicine, biotechnology, cell/molecular biology, genetics, life science, medical sciences or a similar field of study. Also required is:

courses in biochemistry, cell biology, chemistry, genetics, and molecular biology/-genetics totalling at least 30 credits; 

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 18,125

Tuition fee, total: SEK 18,125

About the course

The course conveys an understanding of the structure of the human genome and the importance of genetic factors as causes of human disease. The course also provides knowledge about the different mechanisms by which genetic factors can affect the development of disease. It will also provide insight into current techniques and their application to disease gene identification, clinical diagnosis and the development of new means for intervention.

Theoretical sections and web-based exercises will show how to determine the molecular cause of a disease. Methods for genetic mapping of diseases, genotyping using microsatellites and SNP markers and analysis of genetic variation in populations will be described as well as multiple current techniques used for the analysis of the gene structure and function. The application of DNA analysis in forensics will be illustrated. Ethical aspects will also be discussed.

More information


Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology

Dag Hammarskjölds väg 20 751 85 Uppsala

Rudbecklaboratoriet, 751 85 UPPSALA

Nils-Erik Heldin


Telephone: +46 18 471 46 79