Our thriving research community of 70 students and 80 staff is based in the Institute of Genetic Medicine (IGM).

The Institute is located in Newcastle’s Life Science Centre, which houses a number of research, clinical and educational organisations including the Northern Genetics Service.

We bring together a strong team of basic and clinical scientists with an interest in clinical and developmental genetics. The focus of our research is to understand the causes of genetic disease at the molecular and cellular level and to move towards treatment.


On site we have facilities for:
• multicolour FAC Sorting
• ‘next generation’ high-throughput sequencing and genotyping
• transgenics/gene targeting
• confocal microscopy
• optical projection tomography
• gene expression imaging
• microarray technology
• bioinformatics
• fluorescent activated cell sorting
• a suite equipped for ‘Good Manufacturing Practice’ for human stem cells.

Research Degrees

Research degree supervision is normally available in our main research areas:

• genetic medicine
• developmental genetics, including stem cell biology
• neuromuscular and neurological genetics, mitochondrial genetics
• cardiovascular genetics

We also have expertise in cancer genetics, statistical genetics, and bioinformatics.

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

The MRes programmes have a strong research focus and once you have completed the taught modules, you progress onto a seven-month research project.

Professional Development

• The Medical Sciences Graduate School provides a structured programme of research training and professional development, which you are encouraged to attend.
• We also offer support to research students who are developing research that has commercial potential and have established a number of successful spin-off companies.
• Funded MRes/PhD and PhD projects are sometimes available and we also supervise self-funded research students whose interests come within our areas of research expertise.

Postgraduate degrees in this subject area: