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Course content

Course overview

  • Learn to apply genetics, genomics and bioinformatics to patient care.
  • Learn from clinical and academic experts from The University of Manchester, Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine, and the University of Liverpool. 
  • Study at a university ranked 9th in the UK and among the top 50 in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings 2018). 
  • MRes pathway is available and provides excellent experience for progressing onto a PhD in genomics.
  • Units from this MSc as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please visit the Genomic Medicine CPD units page.

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our  upcoming open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £13,500 
  • International students (per annum): £26,000
  • MSc (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £6,750 
  • International students (per annum): £13,000
  • PGDip (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £10,800 
  • International students (per annum): £20,800
  • PGDip (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £5,400 
  • International students (per annum): £10,400
  • PGCert (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £5,400 
  • International students (per annum): £10,400
  • PGCert (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £2,700 
  • International students (per annum): £5,200
  • Modular (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £1,200 per 15 credit module 
  • International students (per annum): £2,700 per 15 credit module

Scholarships/sponsorships

Full funding is available to NHS staff for the MSC, PGDip, PGCert and CPD pathways through Health Education England .

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall (6.0 in writing)
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 20 in writing)

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

Advice to applicants

Your application form must include the following documents.

  • Two academic references on letter headed paper or sent from work emails, signed and dated within six months of your application. We do not contact referees directly.
  • Copies of official degree certificates if you have already graduated.
  • Academic transcripts.
  • Full CV including voluntary experience.
  • Personal statement which clearly demonstrates background knowledge of human genetics.

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or sent directly to . After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

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.

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.

Coursework and assessment

We use a large variety of assessment methods including written assignments, workshops, tutorials, oral presentations, written exams and MCQ.

Course unit details

Master's students must complete all the core units, three of four elective core units, and optional units to attain 180 credits (two for full-time students, four for part-time students). In addition, master's students will undertake a project as either a 60 credit bioinformatics-based project for full-time students, or a 30 credit literature review for part-time students.

PGDip and PGCert students must complete two core units (Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Bioinformatics, Interpretation, Statistics and Data Quality Assurance) and choose any other 15 credit unit to achieve the required number of credits (120 credits for PGDip and 60 credits for PGCert).

MRes students must complete 4 taught 15 credit units (including Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Bioinformatics, Interpretation, Statistics and Data Quality Assurance) before the end of January. They will also undertake a literature review and a research proposal (project 1) before going on to start their six-month practical research project in February.

Core units: Bioinformatics, Interpretation, Statistics and Data Quality Assurance; Fundamentals of Human Genetics; Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine; Project (30 or 60 credit).

Elective core units: Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease; Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases; Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening, and Treatment; Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare.

Optional units: Counselling Skills for Genomics; Disease Modelling and Genome Engineering; Economics of Genomics and Precision Medicine; Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Applied Genomics; Health Informatics; Negotiated Work-Based Learning.

CPD opportunities

We offer all of the taught units from this MSc as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please visit the Genomic Medicine (CPD units) page for further information.

Career opportunities

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 knowledge and skills in genetic service labs in the NHS or their home country's health systems, gained employment in commercial companies that develop and supply genetic testing kits, undertaken further study in the NHS Scientist Training Programmes for Genomic Counselling and Genomics, or have continued their research to pursue a PhD in the field.

Accrediting organisations

This course is accredited by Health Education England.


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

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