The M.Sc. degree programme in Human Disease Genetics aims to fill an important need in the country. We live in an age when genetics and molecular biology based approaches are being used for the diagnosis and care of medical conditions. The terms "preventive" and "personalized medicine" are commonly used in conjunction with these approaches. It is thus necessary to provide opportunities for learning in both the science and the ethics behind these advances, through exposure to both fundamental biological concepts and clinical medicine. The degree programme thus addresses an interdisciplinary area at the interface of modern biology and medicine. This unique course is composed of a comprehensive set of lectures, laboratory work, discussions and seminar sessions. Faculty at the Centre, the distinguished visiting faculty associated with the Centre and eminent scientists and medical practitioners from within and outside India will comprise the teachers.

The curriculum includes a range of subjects from fundamental biology, genetics and population biology to clinical genetics and genomics. Taken together they provide for a comprehensive education that will assist a student in contemporary bio-medical research and applications. Students will be kept up to date with modern techniques, with training in advanced DNA methods currently used to uncover genetic correlates of a range of human disorders. The course will also include first-hand experience in genetic counselling, including spells in clinical settings and formal courses on the ethical and legal issues related to human genome research. Students in their final semester will be expected to carry out a short research project. CHG faculty conduct active research into the biology of human genetic disorders, cancer genetics, evolutionary biology and other aspects of fundamental biology. Their valuable research experience is expected to especially help students interested in pursuing a career in research in bio-medical and clinically relevant areas of biology..