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Statistics for Human Genetics

This programme is an NFQ level 9, UCD level 4 Professional Certificate, comprising 15 European Credit Transfer and accumulation System (ECTS) credits. The duration of the programme is 1 year, during which the student must take both component modules, which are offered completely online.

The explosion of molecular biological research over the past few decades has driven developments in molecular genetic techniques: from manual PCR, to large-scale automated genotyping, and most recently next-generation sequencing (NGS) at a whole exome or genome level. Collection of large scale data sets must be mirrored by an increase in data analytic skills among researchers: this research is increasingly "dry bench" and less "wet bench"-based. It is crucial that the principles of sound epidemiological study design and statistical analysis are understood and applied.

The aim of the programme is to give an introduction to the theory and practice of genetic epidemiology – the study of the genetic determinants of diseases and traits. It will also have a heavy practical element, equipping students with the skills to analyse genetic data. Graduates will be able to design and conduct studies to determine the genetic factors contributing to health and disease with all the methodological rigour expected in the field, and to appropriately evaluate the literature.


1 year part-time.

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Contact Name: Christine Ridge
Contact Number: 01 716 34 29

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Statistics for Human Genetics

Intro to Genetic Epidemiology


Who should apply?

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Application date

How To Apply

The following entry routes are available:
Prof Cert Statistics for Human Genetics (Jan) PT (X793)

Deadline: Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

You can apply using the UCD online application system. To apply, simply click on and follow the instructions. A non-refundable application fee applies. The application fee is paid online.

Course fee

Fees include tuition and examination fees.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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