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Course content

The advent of affordable rapid genome sequencing will produce enormous amounts of genetic data on both individuals and populations, and the challenge for scientists is to unlock the potential of this ‘big data’. Doing so requires a new generation of scientists who can combine genetics and bioinformatics to understand how genomic changes cause diseases such as cancer, thus enabling the development of novel treatments, through drugs and gene therapy, and prevention strategies. With the huge expansion in number of individual genomes being sequenced, this is one of the fastest growing areas of biomedical science as we embrace the era of personalised medicine.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/Courses/Postgraduate/Medical-Genetics-and-Genomics/

Why choose this course?

- This is a 12 month full-time course, with part-time places available.

- Aimed at graduates (UK/ EU, International) wishing to develop skills and knowledge in human genetics and genome analysis for employment in the medical biotechnology/pharma and genomics sector, and those wishing to go on to do research degrees.

- This course will prepare you for entry into a career in medical genetics and genomics.

- Our lecturers conduct first-class research, with over 95% of Biological Science research internationally recognised in the 2014 REF.

- You will be taught by Oxford Brookes staff, with specialist lectures provided by staff of other partners in the Oxford Academic Health Sciences Centre, and will have a range of project opportunities using human genome data.

- The Faculty will invest over £8M in Bioscience facilities from 2015, with funding from HEFCE.

- Projects may be linked to specific needs and interests in the work-place, at Brookes or within other genomic laboratories under Brookes supervision. We also have strong links with local industry.

- We develop your transferable skills, particularly communication, organisation and research planning, which will assist you when carrying out your research project and can provide a basis for application for a research degree or career in genomics research.

Teaching and learning

The taught programme will be available with options for full-time and part-time MSc (180 credits), as well as individual CPD modules. Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma qualifications are also possible, requiring 60 and 120 credits, respectively.

Approach to assessment

Assessment methods used within the course are varied and are designed to be stimulating as well as academically rigorous. They are based on your learning needs, individual aims and the academic standards expected for the course.

You will receive unparalleled support from tutors and have access to state-of-the-art learning technologies via our Moodle platform. Our tutors have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.

Embedded throughout the curriculum are skills that are essential to achieve quality outcomes for genomic medicine in practice. This will develop skills culminating in the research project, which will enable students to undertake research and evaluate new findings to implement in patient diagnosis, treatment and care, problem-based learning, work-based learning and inter-professional learning to develop skills for working in specialist and interdisciplinary teams. The development of skills in bioinformatics and use of genomic data will be a key outcome so the programme has a large proportion of hands on experience.

How this course helps you develop

You will develop the in-depth knowledge and specialised skills required to apply genetics and genomics theory to practical problems in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries, and to undertake research in genetics and genome analysis.

Students will acquire knowledge and skills for employment or PhD positions in the expanding fields of genomics, bioinformatics, or other medically-related research, and academia.

During the course of this programme you will develop a network of colleagues and experts from this field.


- Research Degree/ PhD
- Pharmaceutical Industry
- Biomedical Industry
- NHS Scientist
- Medical Research
- Academia

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

- Top post '92 University Biological Sciences submission

- 95% of research internationally recognised

- Double the percentage 4* and treble the percentage 3* research compared to 2008, with 58% of research being world leading or internationally excellent

- 80% of impact rated 3* or 4*

Visit the Medical Genetics and Genomics (MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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