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College of Health Sciences

BSc in Molecular and Medical Genetics

Type Undergraduate
Credit Hours 131 Hours
Duration 4 Years
Language English
Study mode Full Time
Intake Spring, Fall
Delivery mode Day
Campuses Abu Dhabi


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.

Program educational objectives and student outcomes

Tuition fees structure & calculation

Abu Dhabi

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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.

For more information, please click here to view the University's tuition fee structure. Fees are subject to change during the year as per government charges and testing bodies.

Career opportunities

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. 

Entry requirements

Secondary School Certificate
Type of Secondary School Certificate
Ministry of Education Schools - General Track
Passing math and sciences in grade 12 with a minimum average of 90%
Successfully passing ADU’s remedial course in physics
Achieving the minimum average of 90% on completing grade 12
Ministry of Education Schools - Advanced Track
Achieving the minimum average of 80% on completing grade 12
Abu Dhabi Education Council Track
Successfully passing 3rd level advanced math and advanced physics courses
Achieving the minimum average of 80% on completing grade 12
Indian Senior Secondary Certificates (CBSE), or State Board Examinations, or Indian School Certificates awarded by ICSE
Achieving the minimum average of 50% on completing grade 12
British System (IGCSE & GCE)
Completing a total of 7 subjects from either IGCSE level or AS/A2 levels, in at least 4 of the following fields: Mathematics, Languages, Sciences, Social Studies and Humanities, Art and Design; with a minimum required grade of C for the IGCSE level subjects, D for the AS Levels, and E for A2 subjects.

Successfully provide evidence / certificate of completing at least 11 years of schooling.
Canadian & American High School Diplomas
Achieving the minimum average of 80% on completing grade 12 or its equivalent of overall average B grade or 3.0/ 4.0
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Successfully completing 6 subjects, with at least 2 at the higher level (HL) and a minimum total of 24 points.

Course outline

General Education
27 credit hours
Degree Requirements
44 credit hours
Major Requirements
48 credit hours
Research & Placement Requirements
12 credit hours