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Medical practise and practise in the clinical professions will be transformed by genomic technologies and information within the next decade.

This MSc is a new programme developed by Health Education England and 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 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.

Please see the Health Education England website for further details (https://www.genomicseducation.hee.nhs.uk/genomicsmsc).

Full funding is available to NHS employees from Health Education England, for full details and to apply for funding please see the Health Education England website (https://www.genomicseducation.hee.nhs.uk/genomicsmsc/programmes-and-events).

The ethos of the programme is anchored within its educational aims, delivery format and learning outcomes and supported by the expertise, values and behaviours of the faculty.

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 and researchers and those aspiring to specialise within an academic career pathway. Specific modules will be of appeal to those who wish to enhance their CPD portfolio but do not need a formal academic award.

Programme structure

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.

Tailored content

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 an introduction to human genetics and genomics, techniques and their application, the genetics and genomics of common and rare inherited diseases, molecular pathology of cancer and application in diagnosis, screening and treatment, bioinformatics interpretation and a laboratory research project or dissertation.

Optional modules within the programme include the ethics, counselling skills and advanced bioinformatics of genomics, epigenetics and professional and research skills.

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

Visit the MSc Genomic Medicine page on the University of Exeter website for more details!






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