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FRIGE- Newcastle Education collaboration


FRIGE's Institute of Human Genetics and Newcastle University's Faculty of Medical Sciences have formed an education collaboration. As a part of it, each year, one student will be selected for the course of Masters of Research (MRes) in Medical Genetics at Newcastle University, UK. The selected student will be offered FRIGE-Newcastle University scholarship of £1,500. Furthermore, on successfully completing MRes course, the student will be offered one year research assistant post at the Institute of Human Genetics, Ahmedabad, India. Student would have to meet Newcastle University's postgraduate student requirements and selected students would have to appear for an interview at Institute of Human Genetics. Student selection will be carried out on a competitive basis. The MRes Medical Genetics is a research-based course with 6 months taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. The taught component of the course includes subject-specific content in the area of medical genetics and you have the flexibility to develop an “individualized course” by selecting additional complementary modules. You will involve in 6 months research project, which comprises the majority element of the course, and will be carried out in an area of medical genetics under the supervision of an expert academic researcher in the field. The course allows you to experience an internationally competitive research area, predominantly in academia but also potentially in industry.



Course structure

This is a full time 12 months course that comprises of 4 compulsory modules and a choice of 34 optional modules.
Click the link to see full list of available modules.

Some combinations of modules may not be available due to timetabling constraints and in exceptional circumstances the running of some modules may be determined by student demand. Modules might change for your year of entry.

As an MRes student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the course profile and you will be supported by the university’s Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School.

Fees and Funding

As an international student, you will be subjected to the full time international fee rate of £16,265. Click the link to find more information on postgraduate international fee rate, paying fees and discounts.

As part of the education collaboration, each year, the successful applicant will be offered the FRIGE-Newcastle University Scholarship of £1,500. The applicant may be eligible for scholarships and bursaries offered by the university and external funding agencies. Click the link to view all funding sources.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 65% aggregate BSc or BTech degree score, in a science discipline or an MBBS degree with high grades. Students in final semester of their undergraduate degree would require a minimum of 65% aggregate score in their previous semester. Practical laboratory work experience is desirable, although not essential.

You would require a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each sub-section), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62, or equivalent.

Applicants require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this course.


How to apply

Applicants would have to submit necessary documents (Hyperlink to “Documents required” section in the same tab) via e-mail to Dr. Jayesh Sheth ( and Dr. Frenny Sheth ( for preliminary selection.

Results from the preliminary stage will be notified and the selected applicants will be invited for an interview at the Institute of Human Genetics, Ahmedabad, India.

Successful applicant selected at the interview stage will have to submit a full application to Newcastle University using their online portal to:

After submitting the full application, the applicant will receive a conditional acceptance offer letter. After submitting the documents mentioned in the conditional acceptance letter, the university will review the documents and will provide an un-conditional offer letter.

Acceptance of the un-conditional offer letter by the applicant would automatically bestow them with the FRIGE-Newcastle University scholarship of £1,500.

The applicant would then have to obtain ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) (Hyperlink ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme to: clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this course.

Documents Required
Applicants should send the following documents via e-mail to Dr. Jayesh Sheth ( and Dr. Frenny Sheth ( for preliminary stage:

  1. Qualification: Please tell us what your highest qualification will be when you start the MRes course. If you are currently studying, this should be what your highest qualification will be if you are successful in your current study. Copies of certificates and transcripts to confirm your degree or highest qualifications should be provided. If any of the documents are in another language, you will need to supply certified English language translations.
  2. Curriculum Vitae: Provide your up to date CV containing details on academic qualifications, work experience, awards, any peer reviewed publications (including conference abstracts) and correspondence details of your two referees. Please keep the CV to a maximum of 3 pages.
  3.  English Language: Provide copies of the English language test certificate (IELTS, TOEFL, or equivalent) to confirm your English language ability.
  4. Personal Statement: It is your opportunity to convey your motivation and enthusiasm for the course and show your suitability for postgraduate study. Your statement should include examples that draw on relevant work, voluntary or study experiences and illustrate the transferable skills you will use when you become a postgraduate student (time management, project management, communication skills, working in a team and problem solving). Your statement should cover areas such as:
    • why you have chosen the course and why you have chosen Newcastle University
    • how you will apply your current skills, knowledge and experience to the course
    • successes and achievements that are relevant to the course and show your aptitude for postgraduate study
    • how the programme fits into your career plans and ambitions
  5. Reference Letters: You will need to provide reference letters from two referees, at least one of whom should be an academic referee.

It is the applicants’ responsibility to provide all the necessary documents in their email. Failing to do so would lead to rejection.

This is an annual course. Applications for the preliminary stage should be submitted no later than 31st March 2015, 5 pm (IST). Applications submitted after this date will be rejected.

Successful applicants selected from the preliminary stage will be notified by 15th April 2015. Interview of the applicants will be carried out at the Institute of Human Genetics, Ahmedabad, India on 1st May 2015.

Results from the interview stage will be notified to the applicants by 15th May 2015.


Contact Us

Please write your queries regarding the preliminary and interview stage to:
Mr. Harsh J. Sheth
Institute of Human Genetics
International Centre for Life
Newcastle University

Please write your queries regarding the application to Newcastle University, course details and funding to:
Professor Steve Yeaman
Director of International Postgraduate Studies
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7433

You can learn more about FRIGE’s Institute of Human Genetics and Newcastle University by clicking on the links below:
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