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This course follows a curriculum designed by Health Education England and is suitable for healthcare professionals and other students with an interest in Genomic Medicine. As a jointly taught programme delivered by St George’s and King's, students will benefit from the breadth of expertise provided by both institutions.

You will learn how recent technological advances have transformed how genomic data is generated, analysed and presented and its relevance to a range of clinical scenarios as well as how to handle such big data. Development of knowledge and skills in these areas will further enable healthcare professionals to deliver services aligned with the values of the NHS constitution. This is a flexible programme, structured to provide options for PgCert and PgDip awards as well as the MSc or if you prefer, modular study towards your Continuous Personal and Professional Development (CPPD). 

Description

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 60 credits from a research project. 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.

Required Modules

MSc 

You are required to take:

  • Fundamentals of human genetics and genomics (15 credits)
  • Omics techniques and technologies; their application to genomic medicine (15 credits)
  • Bioinformatics, interpretation and data quality assurance in geome analysis (15 credits)
  • Research project ( 60 credits) or 30 Credit library-based dissertation (30 credits)

You are also required to take 3 modules from the following;

  • Molecular pathology of cancer and application in cancer diagnosis, screening and treatment (15 credits)
  • Genomics of common and rare inherited diseases (15 credits)
  • Pharmacogenomics and stratified healthcare (15 credits)
  • Application of genomics in infectious disease (15 credits)

PG Dip

 There are two routes available for this award to suit your career goals.

Route 1:

You are required to take:

  • Fundamentals of human genetics and genomics (15 credits)
  • Omics techniques and technologies; their application to genomic medicine (15 credits)
  • Bioinformatics, interpretation and data quality assurance in geome analysis (15 credits)
  • Molecular pathology of cancer and application in cancer diagnosis, screening and treatment (15 credits)
  • Pharmacogenomics and stratified healthcare (15 credits)

You are also required to take 3 modules from the following;

  • Genomics of common and rare inherited diseases (15 credits)
  • Application of genomics in infectious disease (15 credits)
  • Ethical, legal and social issues in applied genomics (15 credits)
  • Cardiovascular genetics and genomics (15 credits)
  • Teaching, learning and assessment in healthcare and science (15 credits)

Route 2

You are required to take:

  • Fundamentals of human genetics and genomics (15 credits)
  • Omics techniques and technologies; their application to genomic medicine (15 credits)
  • Bioinformatics, interpretation and data quality assurance in geome analysis (15 credits)
  • Genomics of common and rare inherited diseases (15 credits)
  • Application of genomics in infectious disease (15 credits)

You are also required to take 3 modules from the following;

  • Ethical, legal and social issues in applied genomics (15 credits)
  • Pharmacogenomics and stratified healthcare (15 credits)
  • Molecular pathology of cancer and application in cancer diagnosis, screening and treatment (15 credits)
  • Cardiovascular genetics and genomics (15 credits)

PG Cert

There are two routes available for this award to suit your career goals.

Option 1:

You are required to take

  • Fundamentals of human genetics and genomics (15 credits)
  • Omics techniques and technologies; their application to genomic medicine (15 credits)

one of the following modules;

  • Bioinformatics, interpretation and data quality assurance in geome analysis (15 credits)
  • Molecular pathology of cancer and application in cancer diagnosis, screening and treatment (15 credits)
  • Pharmacogenomics and stratified healthcare (15 credits)

and one of the following modules;

  • Genomics of common and rare inherited disease (15 credits)
  • Application of genomics in infectious disease (15 credits)
  • Cardiovascular genetics and genomics (15 credits)
  • Teaching, learning and assessment in healthcare and science (15 credits)
  • Ethical, legal and social issues in applied genomics (15 credits)

Option 2:

You are required to take

  • Fundamentals of human genetics and genomics (15 credits)
  • Omics techniques and technologies; their application to genomic medicine (15 credits)
  • Genomics of common and rare inherited disease (15 credits) or Application of genomics in infectious disease (15 credits)

1 module from the following

  • Cardiovascular genetics and genomics (15 credits)
  • Teaching, learning and assessment in healthcare and science (15 credits)
  • Ethical, legal and social issues in applied genomics (15 credits)

Optional Modules

MSc students choose from a list of optional modules to take your total credits to 180 

  • Ethical, legal and social issues in applied genomics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to counselling skills in genomics (15 credits)
  • Cardiovascular genetics and genomics (15 credits)
  • Teaching, learning and assessment in healthcare and science (15 credits)
  • Advanced bioinformatics (15 credits)

Career prospects

An MSc in Genomic Medicine will provide career opportunities for a range of professions from laboratory based researchers to diagnostic and healthcare professionals.

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