The course is especially designed for healthcare professionals from a range of backgrounds. It follows a syllabus specified by Health Education England (HEE) for training NHS staff in Genomic Medicine, and HEE has ring-fenced funding to allow NHS staff to study for the MSc (Genomic Medicine) at accredited provider institutions, including Birmingham.
The course is also suitable for other Home/EU or Overseas students who wish to learn about the advances in genomics and bioinformatics particularly as relevant to medical applications, and the challenges of introducing the technology into a healthcare system.
Why study this course?
You will be taught by people who are leading experts in their field both from the University of Birmingham and the surrounding NHS Hospitals, including the adjacent Women’s Hospital and University Hospital Birmingham (UHB), which has been a major player in the pilot precursor to the 100,000 Genomes Project. As leader of the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC, a region-wide consortium of all NHS Trusts), UHB anticipates being a major contributor to the main 100,000 Genomes Project.
Many clinical staff teaching on the course are directly involved with the WMGMC, either as clinical leads or with key roles in the Molecular Pathology Diagnostic Service or the WM Regional Genetics Service, which are both at the leading edge of introducing technologies for stratified medicine (including genomics) into the NHS. You will have opportunities to visit these NHS facilities during the course. Sessions involving patient group representatives in several modules help to keep the patient at the focus of the course.
The University of Birmingham enjoys an attractive campus with excellent teaching and learning facilities, which is easy to reach either by rail (we are the only British University with its own railway station on campus, with frequent 8-minute connections to New Street Station in the city centre) or by road.
Applicants for the MSc (Genomic Medicine) without prior relevant experience working in healthcare should have a good honours degree (or equivalent), in a relevant subject (e.g. biomedical science or medicine). However we will consider applicant with alternative academic qualifications, on the basis of professional qualifications and experience within the NHS (or other relevant organisations).The University of Birmingham has general entry requirements including a minimum of GCSE grade C in Maths and English and evidence of English proficiency from all applicants whose first language is not English (e.g. IELTS Level 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band).