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Medical Genetics MSc


Course Description

Introduction

Medical Genetics at Chester is designed to enable you to develop an up-to-date, advanced understanding of human genetic disease. This course aims to inform and equip the practitioner with the necessary skills to function in a modern biomedical/clinical environment specialising in caring for the patient with a genetic disorder.

Why study with us?

Our MSc in Medical Genetics at Chester is designed to enable you to develop an up-to-date, advanced understanding of human genetic disease. This course aims to inform and equip the practitioner with the necessary skills to function in a modern clinical environment specialising in caring for the patient with a genetic disorder and will be relevant to day-to-day NHS hospital practice and general practice.

The course will be developed to allow you to access most of the course material online – including online text, videos of lectures, and comments and assessments. You will explore skill-oriented areas such as case discussions and ethical discussions in teaching days.

You will join a team of clinical and medical researchers where you will gain the opportunity to gain theoretical, clinical and laboratory-based skills. The research topic will be jointly run by the research team at the Institute of Medicine and the medical staff at one of our partner hospitals.

The learning experience

During our course, you will study how to apply molecular approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of a range of conditions that have a genetic component. Using specific examples, we will discuss novel approaches to prevention and treatment, as well as the increasing potential of genomics. Throughout the discussions we will consider ethical implications of interventions, and role and nature of genetic counselling. You will also carry out a research project in one of these areas within a research group at the forefront of the field.

The programme is modular and has six taught modules, each worth 20 credits, plus a 60-credit Research Dissertation.

Evidence Based Medicine
Analysis and Interpretation of Clinical Data
Clinical Medicine
Human Genetic Disease
Molecular Medicine
Case Investigations in Molecular Medicine
Research Dissertation

Modules are run in three-day blocks and are therefore suitable for working doctors and healthcare professionals.
Assessment is entirely through coursework. This culminates in the dissertation, which is assessed through your production of two publishable scientific articles. Our aim will be to develop these to publication with you if suitable.

If biomedical or clinical research is your interest, successful completion of the MSc will allow direct registration onto MD/PhD study, joining our team of researchers at the Institute of Medicine

Visit the Medical Genetics MSc page on the University of Chester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold an appropriate first degree with a minimum of 2:2 honours (e.g. in Medicine, Biomedical Science, Dietetics, Human Biology) or hold appropriate professional qualifications and be able to demonstrate suitable background knowledge and skills.Applications are invited from:• junior doctors• NHS staff• international students with appropriate qualifications• international doctors or healthcare professionals• those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Biomedical Science, Dietetics) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.

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