Genomics has been touted as the future of medical treatment and it will allow health specialists to create individual treatment plans for patients based on their unique needs.

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calendar-icon 19 February 2018

Now a new course for postgraduate students has been launched by nine leading universities.

The Genomic Medicine Masters’ programme has been designed by Health Education England and is especially suitable for doctors, healthcare professionals and students with an interest in genetics and genomics.

Dr Kate Everett, Senior Lecturer in Human Genetics, at St George’s, University of London, said: “We are extremely proud and excited to be teaching the Genomic Medicine programme.

“We have successfully educated more than 80 NHS staff members in the first three years of the programme and hope to reach many more in the next three to five years.

“In particular, we are keen to encourage staff to consider bespoke sets of modules to suit their areas of interest which will contribute to postgraduate qualifications.”

The St George's course will be jointly run in South London with King’s College London so students will benefit from the breadth of expertise provided by both institutions which are linked to major teaching hospitals.

Dr Francesca Capon, Senior Lecturer at the School of Basic and Medical Biosciences, King's College London, said: “We are looking forward to teaching on the renewed programme.

“As the advances of the 100,000 Genome projects are poised to transform the diagnosis of genetic disorders and cancer, we will be offering a variety of flexible learning opportunities to the NHS work force and to graduates who have an interest in this fast moving field."

There are approximately 25 places available for the September 2018 start of course which lasts either one year full time or two years part time and covers technological advances which have transformed how genomic data is generated, analysed and presented.

The course has been designed to support the transformation of the NHS as it implements the Genomic Medicine Service later this year, which takes forward the legacy of the 100,000 Genomes Project and the work of the NHS England Genomic Medicine Centres.

Both institutions are ranked among the top 200 universities in the world according to the recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

In all nine universities have been awarded contracts to deliver Health Education England’s Master’s programme in Genomic Medicine from autumn 2018 for a minimum of three years following the first successful iteration of this funded programme that began in 2015.

Other universities involved are: Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London, University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, University of Exeter and University of Manchester together with the University of Liverpool.

David Farrelly, Health Education England regional director and executive sponsor of HEE’s Genomics Education Programme (GEP), said: “Health Education England exists to support the delivery of excellent healthcare by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right knowledge, skills, values and behaviours.

“Genomics is a key part of that mandate, and this innovative multi-professional Master’s programme will help to ensure that the NHS is equipped to harness the potential of genomics for the benefit of patients.”