Based on the indicative curriculum of Health Education England, NHS England and Genomics England LTD, the MSc in Genomic Medicine will equip research scientists and Health Care Professionals with; knowledge and skills to understand and interpret genomic data, an understanding of genetic and genomic techniques in a clinical setting, bioinformatic approaches required for analysis of genomic data, advanced knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to develop and deliver personalised health care.
MSc in Genomic Medicine students will be introduced to:
Subsequent study will build on these foundations. Specific modules on the MSc in Genomic Medicine focus on:
The Genomic Medicine course is primarily informed by the design developed to equip graduates, and a diverse range of healthcare professionals, with an appreciation and education in genomics and genomic technology. As an emerging field of expertise this knowledge and understanding of genomics will prepare Genomic Medicine graduates to translate their newfound knowledge of genomics into the clinical setting to inform patient care.
The MSc in Genomic Medicine has been developed in line with Health Education England, NHS England and Genomics England Ltd.
Genomic Medicine students will be introduced to the fundamentals of human genetics and genomics along with techniques required for DNA and RNA sequencing to study genomic variation observed in the clinical setting. A third module entitled Data Analysis for Health and Medical Sciences, will introduce the bioinformatic approaches required for the analysis of genomic data.
Students will learn and be taught through a variety of methods including: lectures, workshops, tutorials, practical sessions, work-based learning and guest lectures by professionals, practitioners and respected academics.
Employability is key to the Genomic Medicine programme. Our students will be able to enhance their employability skills through their education and training in genomic medicine, transforming both the specialist and general workforce within the NHS. Furthermore, for non-NHS funded students, the MSc in Genomic Medicine will prepare graduates for careers in the clinical setting for which a knowledge of genomics will improve service delivery to patients.
The masters’ element of this programme will require students to complete a Research Project or in depth literature review. Genomic Medicine students will be encouraged to undertake their research project within the NHS, either within the students hosting NHS department or where they may expect to work following graduation.
Please note: fees of accepted, eligible NHS-based applicants will be paid by the Workforce Education and Development Services (WEDS).
Workforce Education and Development Services (WEDS) funding: WEDS is offering to pay the tuition fees for eligible staff working for the NHS in Wales, to study for the MSc, PG Dip or PG Cert in Genomic Medicine (part-time only).
Our Genomics Medicine programme follows a curriculum designed by Health Education England and is aligned with the 100,000 genomes project, led by Genomics England and NHS England, which intends to transform the use of genomic medicine in the NHS. This course is jointly taught by both King’s and St George’s, University of London, allowing you to benefit from the breadth of expertise provided by both institutions including their membership of the South London NHS Genome Medicine Centre. The programme is suitable for healthcare professionals and other students with an interest in Genomic Medicine.
Our Genomic Medicine programme, taught jointly with St George’s, is an opportunity to explore how recent technological advances have transformed the way that genetic data is generated, analysed and presented, and its relevance to a range of clinical scenarios.
The Genomics Medicine programme is designed for healthcare professionals and other students who wish to train in genomic technologies and the interpretation of genomic data within a medical context.
The study programme is made up of optional and required modules. The MSc pathway requires modules totalling 180 credits to complete the programme, including either 60 or 30 credits from a research project and dissertation or literature review. The Postgraduate Diploma pathway requires modules totalling 120 credits, while the Postgraduate Certificate requires you to study modules totalling 60 credits to complete the course. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your programme will take two years to complete.
The Genomics Medicine programme is designed for healthcare professionals and other students who wish to acquire training in genomic technologies and the interpretation of their findings within a medical context.
Modules taught in one week blocks including face to face and on line teaching. Learning material delivered as lectures, tutorials and workshops. Each taught module assessed by two pieces of assessment that varies between modules and include multiple choice questions, extended essays, case studies or role play.
An MSc in Genomic Medicine will provide career opportunities for a range of professions from laboratory based researchers to diagnostic and healthcare professionals.
Our MSc in Genomic Medicine is accredited by Health Education England and designed to fulfil the aspirations of the 100,000 Genome Project to create a world-class NHS workforce that understands and applies genomics for patient care.
This course is ideal whether you are a member of NHS staff or a science graduate. NHS professionals will learn how genomics impact on their area of clinical practice, while science graduates will receive training to help them gain employment in the healthcare sector (eg as a biomedical scientist or in genomic counselling) or pursue a PhD in the field.
We emphasise the practice of genomics and bioinformatics in the NHS and academia as a partnership between multiple stakeholders, including clinical, academic and industrial involvement.
As such, you will learn from clinical experts from the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine , The University of Manchester, Liverpool University, Public Health England, AstraZeneca and Qiagen.
Our MSc consists of taught units and a literature review or a bioinformatics-based project. You will be encouraged to use your intellectual curiosity, creativity and critical thinking in the practical application of genomics and bioinformatics.
MRes students will write a literature review and a research proposal (project 1) before going on to complete a six-month practical research project.
We take a student-focused and patient-centred approach to teaching and learning.
The course content is delivered using a combination of online and face-to-face methods including lectures, problem and evidence-based learning, workshops and collaborative learning.
The face-to-face elements are designed to help you develop the deeper contextualised specialist knowledge and critical evaluative skills necessary for a questioning and innovative approach to your learning and clinical practice.
You will learn from healthcare professionals and industry partners who are working at the forefront of practice and clinical research and can draw on their scholarship and expertise to help you build your knowledge.
If you choose to study the MRes qualification, the 25-week lab-based research project will provide excellent practical training in a number of research methods and techniques.
The MSc is divided into 15-credit core and optional units. Full-time students will normally do a 60-credit research project, and part-time students a 30-credit literature review.
We collaborate with the following organisations to deliver this MSc:
"So far, I have completed four modules on Bioinformatics, Human Genetics, Pharmacogenomics and Genetic Counselling. I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed each of these and they have opened my eyes to the potential transformation of healthcare in the NHS through genomic medicine."
Bradley Horn, Genetic Technologist
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
Several units from this MSc can be taken as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please visit the Genomic Medicine (CPD units) page for further information.
Our course is designed to support and upskill healthcare professionals working in the NHS in areas where genomic medicine is becoming part of clinical practice.
Our science graduates have gone on to apply their new skills in service labs in their home countries, gained employment in the NHS, undertaken further study for genomic counselling, or have continued their research to pursue a PhD in the field.
This course is accredited by Health Education England.
Our degrees in Genomic Medicine cover all aspects of genomic science and medicine, and will equip you with the knowledge and skills to be able to interpret and understand genomic data that increasingly impacts on service delivery to patients and the community.
The programme is aimed at students from a wide range of backgrounds, from basic scientists to all levels of healthcare professionals, and will provide a flexible, multi-disciplinary and multi-professional perspective in genomics, applied to clinical practice and medical research.
It is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to be able to interpret and understand genomic data that increasingly impacts on service delivery to patients and the community.
The training provided covers all aspects of genomic science and medicine (not merely DNA sequencing or detection of genetic variation), undertaken in one of the most cutting-edge scientific environments.
The course includes collaborations with:
The Institute of Cancer Research and Brunel University London may also co-supervise research projects.
This course is made up of three progressional levels (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc), and you can apply to any level in the first instance. Read more about how this works under 'Choosing your course' in the admissions section.
One of the core modules available within the Master's degree (MSc) includes opportunities to access the emerging data from the 100,000 Genomes Project through the Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership (GeCIP) training domains.
Hear from Genomic Medicine students and graduates on the National Heart and Lung Institute website.
A blended approach to learning is used, in both core and optional modules, combining face-to-face teaching and online distance learning. This is to provide flexibility for health professionals to combine their study with work.
Most modules will consist of one week of face-to-face teaching and up to three weeks of e-learning and independent study. The modules are offered on a cycle of 12 months, so that all modules become available once in each 12 month cycle.
The course is flexible and modular and is available as a full-time or part-time MSc delivered over one or two years respectively. There are also full-time and part-time Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) and Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) options.
Lead academics: Dr Janine Kirby and Dr Dennis Wang
This course draws on expertise from three University faculties – Medicine, Dentistry and Health, Science, and Social Sciences – and the Sheffield Genetics Diagnostic Service (Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust). It’s aimed at students as well as professionals from healthcare and science backgrounds.
The syllabus was developed in partnership with Health Education England (HEE), in order to educate the next generation of healthcare professionals. This covers the scope and application of genomics in medicine and biomedical research as well as the ethical, social and legal issues relating to this field.
The course is taught by academics, scientists and clinicians. Learning methods range from lectures and tutorials to interaction with patients and online activities. You’ll get first-hand experience of hypothesis-driven research by carrying out your own project in Genomic Medicine.
Classes are kept small (15–20 students) to make sure you get the best possible experience in laboratories and in clinical settings.
We have a state-of-the-art biorepository and a £30m stem cell laboratory. The Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) opened in November 2010. We also have microarray, genetics, histology, flow cytometry and high-throughput screening technology, and the latest equipment for bone and oncology research.
At our Clinical Research Facility, you’ll be able to conduct studies with adult patients and volunteers. The Sheffield Children’s Hospital houses a complementary facility for paediatric experimental medical research.
If your course involves a significant risk of exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissue, you’ll need to complete a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before starting. We conform to national guidelines that are in place to protect patients, health care workers and students.
The MSc Genomic Medicine offers a wide range of delivery methods for providing theoretical knowledge, from lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials to computer-based analysis workshops as well as the opportunity to gain input from internationally renowned experts in their fields. The inclusion of problem-based learning is embedded within the course and features in combinations of online and in-person interpretive class formats. Tutorials, seminars and individual meetings with staff provide opportunities for discussion and feedback. Each of the departments delivering the programme fosters an environment that provides many opportunities for individual and group learning.
PG Diploma, PG Certificate and Continuing Professional and Personal Development (CPPD) options are available as entry and exit options on both a full-time (over 1 year) or part-time basis (over 2 years).
The practice of medicine, especially in the disciplines of Pathology and Genetics is increasingly reliant on Genomic technology. The aim of this programme is to increase the knowledge and capability of scientific and clinical staff using genetic data in their daily work allowing them to engage confidently with the scientific concepts of Molecular Pathology and Genomic Medicine, and to use their skills to improve patient care. The programme could also provide a foundation for those students interested in developing a clinical academic career.
The University of Edinburgh is at the forefront of Genomic Technology. To adequately realise the potential of these technologies in a diagnostic setting this programme will cover the scientific underpinning and clinical application of genomic technology to enable clinicians and scientists to provide maximum benefit to patients.
The programme will provide a structured environment for students wishing to develop cutting edge knowledge and practical skills in Clinical Genomics and Molecular Pathology. The programme structure is designed around three central themes: scientific foundation, diagnostics, and patient management and treatment.
The PG Cert is comprised of four compulsory courses, totalling 60 credits.
Students will learn via a mixture of guided online activities, in-person tutorials, and in course four, an extended project. In addition to structured learning, students are expected to conduct independent study and read around the subject area.
Students will develop their critical analysis skills through evaluation of primary research articles and reviews. Students will learn how to perform variant analysis and next generation sequencing data analysis using relevant bioinformatics tools. Students can also expect to develop the communication skills required for interacting with the major stakeholders of genomic information: clinical scientists, doctors and patients.
Teaching is performed by a variety of staff who are leaders in their field, as well as experienced educators. The core teaching team is comprised of staff from the NHS Lothian Clinical Genetics Service and Pathology departments. Additional teaching is performed by clinical and scientific staff from across Edinburgh University and the UK. In addition, the programme has a dedicated teaching teaching fellow, who will provide academic and pastoral support throughout all courses.
Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD)
Aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Postgraduate Certificate.
You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on the Postgraduate Certificate programme. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Postgraduate Certificate programme.
The programme will adopt a blended learning format, with teaching delivered via online as a eLectures and interviews, in-person tutorials, and online interactive content.
Programme materials and resources will all be available in the virtual learning environment, Learn. Learn provides an interactive forum for students to engage with other learners and the programme teaching staff. Multiple feedback opportunities will be integrated within each course and will comprise of weekly interactive online quizzes, discussion boards and office hours. In-person tutorials will also represent an important feedback opportunity for students. Assessment will vary slightly with each course, common assessment modalities include structured written assignments, presentations and data analysis reports.
The programme is aimed primarily at NHS laboratory and clinical staff. It is designed for anyone wishing to expand their understanding of molecular pathology and how it applies to clinical diagnostics. The PG Cert will be of use to a wide range of individuals as it can be used to support FRC Path, Clinical Scientist Development and Genetic Technologist Registration. It can be used as a component of STP and could potentially contribute the first 60 credits of MSc. It will also provide the scientific underpinning for Genetic Counselling.
The course is especially designed for healthcare professionals from a range of backgrounds. It follows a syllabus specified by Health Education England (HEE) for training NHS staff in Genomic Medicine, and HEE has ring-fenced funding to allow NHS staff to study for the MSc (Genomic Medicine) at accredited provider institutions, including Birmingham.
Further information about HEE funding is now available. You can choose to study for the full Masters, the intermediate qualifications of Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate, or select individual modules as CPD.
The course is also suitable for other Home/EU or international students who wish to learn about the advances in genomics and bioinformatics particularly as relevant to medical applications, and the challenges of introducing the technology into a healthcare system.
The Programme aims to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills relating to genomics that will empower you to help lead the holistic integration of genomic technology into patient care within the National Health Service, including via the ambitious Genomics England Ltd (GeL) 100,000 Genomes Project which commenced in 2015.
The course begins with a brief revision of DNA, genes and genetics and updates these concepts to the scale of contemporary, whole-genome information. It will introduce to you the technologies for generating genome-wide data, and how the resulting vast quantities of data can be approached and interrogated to generate meaningful information that can be useful for families affected by inherited conditions, or for patients with acquired diseases including cancer and infections.
You will learn how to interrogate genomic data using bioinformatic tools to identify and investigate the pathogenicity of genetic variants, and relate these to real-life case-studies. The core modules also include consideration of the ethical, legal and social issues that surround genomic medicine, which can be further explored in an optional module. Other options include counselling skills and advanced bioinformatics.
Finally, you can choose either a 60-credit research project (which could be a computer-based bioinformatics project, a lab-based or clinically-based project, either in Birmingham or at your home institution), or a 30-credit dissertation (combined with additional taught modules), to hone your research skills while exploring a genomics-related project of your choice.
As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as from your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.
The course combines face-to-face teaching in lectures, tutorials, workshops, student presentations etc. with independent or group learning, which can be done remotely, using published papers or online resources. Following a 2-day Induction, the face-to-face teaching of most modules is delivered over 5 days, either consecutive (for the two introductory modules), or spread over 5 weeks for most others.
You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.
The course is especially designed for healthcare professionals working within the National Health Service, to improve their capabilities and support career progression. It could be similarly beneficial for those working or aspiring to work in other healthcare systems.
Students who are not healthcare professionals would acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that should help them gain employment or PhD positions especially in the expanding fields of genomics, bioinformatics, or other medically-related research and development in either academia or the pharmaceutical industry.
We have gathered some profiles to give you an idea of the breadth of students we have on our programme.
Genomic technologies and information will transform practice across the clinical professions over the next decade.
This MSc is a new programme developed by Health Education England and being offered by a network of centres across England. It includes study of the genomics and informatics of rare and common diseases, cancer and infectious diseases, which can be applied to clinical practice and medical research, and enhance knowledge and skills, in this rapidly evolving field.
What does our MSc provide?
This programme, delivered by the Faculty of Medicine, will provide a comprehensive perspective in genomics applied to clinical practice and medical research, with particular emphasis on the 100,000 Genomes Project. It will equip students to bring benefit to their patients through improved diagnosis and personalised treatment, and disseminate knowledge to peers, patients and the public.
Who should study?
This programme is particularly suitable for health professionals as well as students seeking to make the most of genomics as it applies to their current or future career.
Our modular structure and blended learning formats are delivered flexibly as a one year full-time or two year part-time option, or as individual or grouped modules, to facilitate access from as wide as possible a range of healthcare professionals.
Genomic technologies and information will transform practice across the clinical professions over the next decade. Our MSc Genomic Medicine degree is designed to enhance knowledge and skills in this rapidly evolving field. The masters course has been developed by Health Education England and includes study of the genomics and informatics of rare and common diseases, cancer and infectious diseases, which can be applied to clinical practice and medical research. This degree is suitable for health professionals working in the NHS, as well as students seeking to make the most of genomics as it applies to their current or future career.
This MSc Genomic Medicine has been commissioned by NHS England / Health Education England to provide education and training in genomics for health professionals from different professional backgrounds such as medicine, nursing, public health, science and technology, for whom knowledge of genomics will impact on the way they deliver their service to patients and the public.
This programme can be tailored to meet your career aspirations and enables you to choose your module options, plan your programme route, and choose from October or March to begin your studies.
You can study part-time or undertake smaller numbers of, or even individual, modules to fit your study around your other commitments.
Southampton’s MSc Genomic Medicine comprises eight core modules delivered through intensive face-to-face study and independent learning.
Our core modules include an introduction to the genetics and genomics of rare and common diseases, cancer and infectious disease, informatics analysis, and a laboratory research project or dissertation.
Optional modules within the programme include the Ethics, Counselling Skills and Teaching the Teachers to Teach.
Teaching and learning
Using a mix of learning formats, our modules include two groups of two days' intensive face-to-face teaching interspersed with independent study.
The first core module will include an additional day of student contact to incorporate an induction to the University’s facilities and introduction to basic research skills such as literature searching and critical appraisal of scientific literature).
A variety of learning and teaching methods will be adopted to promote a wide range of skills and meet differing learning styles, including seminars, group work, practical demonstrations and exercises surrounding interpretation of data and clinical scenarios.
Experts from a range of academic and health care professional backgrounds are chosen to ensure a breadth and depth of perspective, giving a good balance between theories and principles, and practical management advice.
Independent study is delivered through a virtual learning environment, delivering a library of study materials including uploaded lectures, virtual patients and independent learning tasks, reference materials, links to online tutorials, student fora, and guest lecturer web chats.
A significant component of your research will comprise either an original project or a literature-based dissertation.
What you will gain
Students who complete the programme will be equipped to harness the unprecedented transformation of the 100,000 Genomes Project, bring benefit to their patients through improved diagnosis and personalised treatment, and disseminate knowledge to peers, patients and the public.
Medical practice and practice in the clinical professions will be transformed by genomic technologies and information within the next decade.
This MSc programme has been developed by Health Education England and is aligned with their vision to prepare for the legacy of the 100,000 Genomes Project.
This will be achieved through transformational education and training that is focused on developing the capability and capacity of the NHS to apply genomic medicine for patient benefit.
The programme is offered by a network of seven centres across England and includes study of the genomics and informatics of rare and common diseases, cancer and infectious diseases, which can be applied to clinical practice and medical research, it enhances knowledge and skills, in this rapidly evolving field. Each module runs over a 4-5 week period with a mixture of face-to-face and online material. You will be required to attend teaching sessions in Exeter for 3-4 days per module and for some modules teaching will also occur simultaneously in Bristol.
You will learn from, with and about your peers, developing a mutual understanding and respect for the positive contributions that each will bring to Genomic Medicine. Students are likely to be clinical practitioners, diagnostic service providers, scientists, researchers and those aspiring to specialise within an academic career pathway.
In addition to the full masters, students can opt to study for a 60 credit PG Certificate or 120 credit PG Diploma, by selecting a combination of any of the modules on offer. Individual modules will be of appeal to those who wish to enhance their CPD portfolio but do not need a formal academic award. Information on the modules offered is given on the ‘Structure’ tab.
Funding is available to NHS professionals and applications are made directly through this University from 1st April 2018. HEE funded places are limited and will be offered on a first come first serve basis.
You will complete a simple application form detailing your study programme choice, your current job role and employer. A link to this funding application form will be available on this page on 1st April 2018.
Approval will be granted following an interview and receipt of employer reference. Once your funding has been approved, you will be instructed to apply for your study programme via the University of Exeter Central Admissions process.
The full MSc course comprises eight core modules: seven taught modules of 15 credits each and one research module of either 60 or 30 credits. A range of optional modules is available for you to design your own learning experience to complement your career needs, and to complete the full programme of 180 credits.
The programme structure allows you to start the MSc programme and complete either a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma, or the full MSc.
This programme can be tailored to meet your career aspirations and enables you to choose your module options and plan your programme route.
MSc Genomic Medicine comprises eight core modules delivered through intensive face-to-face study and independent learning.
Our core modules include;
Optional modules within the programme include
These modules are based on Health Education England’s curriculum for genomic medicine but could be subject to change in future years. For the current list please see the website at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/medicine/genomicmsc/#Programme-structure