Molecular genetics is the field of biology that studies the structure and function of genes at a molecular level. A Clinical Molecular Geneticist is responsible for detecting, analysing, and interpreting disease-linked genetic abnormalities within patients via molecular biological and biochemical screening.
There is an increasing worldwide need, but particularly in the MENA region, for professionally accredited Clinical Geneticists and Genetic Counsellors. Within the UAE national population, 190 inherited genetic disorders have been identified, with the most common being blood disorders called haemoglobinopathies: beta-thalassemia and sickle cell disease. In Abu Dhabi alone, 2.1% of the men and women tested pre-marriage were beta-thalassemia carriers, and 1.3% were carriers of sickle cell beta-haemoglobin.
This highly practical and practice-intensive program will introduce you to laboratory testing for these disorders, methods for establishing the genetic carrier status, interpretation of results of complex genetic analysis, calculation of illness probability based on genetic tests, and genomics. As an extension of this, this degree will also provide introductory training on genetic counselling - how to explain and guide patients to fully understand the results and implications of genetic testing. Due to its vocational nature, there is a strong emphasis on professional experience through extended clinical placements.
This program, developed in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin and diagnostic laboratories and hospitals in the UAE, is one-of-a-kind in the UAE. Indeed, as this is a newly expanding area for healthcare professionals, most professional courses in the field are at the master’s level, adding a further level of uniqueness to the program.
Tuition is based upon the College and/or Department classification as opposed to the course classification or level. Tuition rates for undergraduate students vary from the tuition rates for graduate students.
The tuition fee calculations are an example only and are based on the assumption that elective courses will be taken with the College that the student is taking their major with. However, if the student selects elective courses outside of this College, the total cost payable may increase or decrease to reflect the tuition rate of the College where the elective is delivered.
Costs of books and supplies are not included in the Tuition and Fees. Students at Abu Dhabi University are also required to pay certain fees and other costs to attend the University. Abu Dhabi University reserves the right to change tuition and fee rates at any time. A tuition schedule is published prior to registration for each semester.
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This vocationally-focused program is designed to meet the qualification requirements of specialists in laboratory medicine, including Geneticists, Molecular Geneticists, or Genomics specialists in hospitals, specialist clinics, and health ministries. The degree also prepares students for Genetic Counselling roles.