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Personalised Medicine and Novel Therapies MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert

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Personalised medicine is the next generation of medicine and healthcare. It aims to improve the management of patients’ health and to target therapies to achieve the best outcomes in the management of a patient’s condition, their predisposition to disease and their prognosis. Personalised healthcare takes a multi-omics approach (one which incorporates data from a range of different sources, including genomic and epigenomic) directed at the development of novel therapies.

About this degree

The content includes a focused set of core modules specialising in all aspects of personalised medicine, including genomics, bioinformatics, statistics and the regulatory aspects of novel therapies such as clinical trial design. Optional modules allow you to explore the applications and scope of personalised medicine. You are given opportunities to develop analytic skills during the programme before undertaking your independent research project. 

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five compulsory modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

PG Diploma consists of five compulsory modules (75 credits) and three optional modules ( 45 credits)

PG Certificate consists of four compulsory modules (60 credits) excluding Applied Statistics for Health Research 1

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Personalised Medicine and Novel Therapies. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Personalised Medicine and Novel Therapies. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Personalised Medicine and Novel Therapies.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The next generation of scientists and healthcare workers must be trained to deliver this change in medicine and research landscapes. Our programme offers you access to cutting-edge research taught by leading academics and clinicians in personalised medicine from UCL and Great Ormond Street Hospital, as well as a range of project choices from computational biology to clinical trials design. The programme prepares you to become a scientist or researcher in academia or industry, as well as for progression to a higher research degree.

UCL's crossdisciplinary research into personalised medicine harnesses the breadth and depth of expertise across the institution and benefits from close links with our partner hospitals to support the delivery of innovative patient-targeted medicines and therapies. This is reflected by the many groups conducting high-quality research and clinical trials in the field including researchers within UCL's Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, Division of Infection & Immunity, Institute of Ophthalmology, Institute for Women's Health, Institute of Genetics and the Cancer Institute, as well as University College London Hospital (UCLH).

Teaching and learning

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, problem classes and tutorials. Assessment varies depending on the module, but includes written coursework, multiple-choice questions, written examinations, a practical analysis examination and the research dissertation.

Careers

This programme aims to equip students for careers in research, education, medicine and business in academic, clinical and industrial settings. Examples of potential careers could include:

  • conducting clinical trials as part of a team of clinicians, scientists and allied health professionals
  • monitoring and analysing the results of clinical trials as part of a clinical trials unit
  • developing new therapies or intellectual property in the pharmaceutical industry or other business venture
  • academic research and/or lecturing in a university or other higher education setting

Employability:

You will be given opportunities to develop specific scientific and analytic skills including skills in decision making, information curation, data gathering, writing scientifically, critical appraisal, scientific presentation skills, debating, maintaining scientific dialogue, experimental design, setting up clinical trials and an awareness of topical and important issues (ethics and the law). Furthermore, you will be encouraged to keep a portfolio of transferable skills learnt through teaching practices and assessments which will prepare you for progression to higher research degrees and/or the workplace. 


Visit the Personalised Medicine and Novel Therapies MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert page on the University College London website for more details!

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