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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

1 July 2022

Location

St George's, University of London and King's College London

Start dates

September 2022

Genomic medicine is a rapidly evolving discipline that is already making an impact in the field of oncology, pharmacology, infectious disease and biomedical research. The science behind improvements to patients’ clinical care and health outcomes, it is supporting the development of personalised or precision medicine, ultimately saving lives.

This Master’s degree follows a curriculum designed by Health Education England (HEE) and is taught in partnership with King’s College London, giving you access to experts with different specialisms in, for example, bioinformatics and cardiovascular genomics. Both institutions are part of the South East Genomic Laboratory Hub, one of the largest providers of genomic testing in the UK and a national centre for specialist testing for cardiology, gastro-hepatology, haematology, neurology, respiratory and skin conditions.

As well as the MSc, the programme is structured flexibly to provide options for PgCert and PgDip awards, which can be tailored to your career or interest. Since genomic medicine is becoming part of clinical practice, if you are an existing healthcare professional looking to upskill, you can also study on a modular basis towards your Continuous Personal and Professional Development (CPPD).

UPDATE: If you work for the NHS then you are eligible for funding from Health Education England for up to four taught modules for 2022-23. Visit Genomics England Education for more information.

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Course overview

Of all the life sciences, genomics is one of the most dynamic areas. The past 20 years has seen an explosion in our ability to explore the structure, function, evolution, mapping and editing of the human genome due to technological advances, including next-generation sequencing.

No longer is the focus of research and clinical work solely on the unit of the gene – a mere 2% of the genome. Instead, genomics involves the study of the changes that occur across the entire DNA sequence and their interaction with our health.

In seeking to identify how alterations to our genomes directly affect disease and health, genomics is also leading a revolution in healthcare by gaining a better understanding of how drugs affect people differently and thus allowing for focused treatment or ‘personalised medicine’, as well as avoiding toxic reactions. 

We study what is referred to as the transcriptome – the total set of RNA molecules which represents the genes active in a given organism or particular cell type at a given point in time. Changes to the transcriptome can both reflect and cause diseases such as cancer.

We also consider the ‘epigenome’, heritable chemical modifications to DNA and DNA-associated proteins in the cell, which alter gene expression as a result of natural development and tissue differentiation or in response to disease or environmental exposures. In both instances, we seek to identify how these changes directly affect disease and ill health.

You will learn how recent technological advances have transformed how genomic data is generated, analysed and presented; how bioinformatics is enabling us to handle and make sense of big data and its impact across healthcare. In doing so, you will consider its relevance to a range of clinical scenarios, such as the spread of specific infection across hospitals, and identification of biomarkers. 

This master’s degree, awarded by St George’s, is taught in partnership with King’s College London. You will benefit from the combined teaching and research expertise, comprehensive and specialist resources provided by these two institutions, as the UK’s specialist health university, and one of the UK’s top research universities.

Studying genomic medicine can help inform day-to-day medical or clinical practice, giving you a better understanding of what causes illness and the effects of disease, which is of interest to a wide range of health professionals. You can choose to study either single modules, a PgCert, a PgDip or the full MSc, which can lead to a range of careers including in the NHS, the pharmaceutical industry and bioinformatics, or provide preparation for a PhD.

Course highlights

  • Taught jointly by St George’s and King’s; institutions with world-class research, clinical and teaching expertise across the full spectrum of genomic medicine.

  • Specialist optional taught modules in cardiovascular genetics and genomics, advanced bioinformatics and counselling skills reflect institutional expertise.

  • If you work in the NHS, our modules are available with or without assessment fully funded by HEE (subject to available commissions).

  • Both institutions are NHS preferred providers and co-located with leading teaching hospitals.

  • Both are part of the South East Genomic Laboratory Hub and participated in the Genomics England 100,000 Genomes Project to sequence 100,000 whole genomes from around 85,000 NHS patients with rare diseases or cancer, now using expertise to understand critical illness in Covid.

  • Established in 1752, St George’s, University of London is the UK’s specialist health university, and we are the only UK university to share our campus with a major teaching hospital, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is both on the clinical frontline for a diverse local community and a centre of excellence for specialist conditions.

  • You will be surrounded by like-minded individuals which helps to build your multidisciplinary understanding and context.

Want to know more?

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To be considered for this course, you will need to:

  • meet the entry criteria

  • write a personal statement

  • provide 2 suitable references.

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Undergraduate degree or equivalent

You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2) in a relevant bioscience degree with sufficient genetics content. For healthcare graduates, a pass is required. All degrees must be awarded before 1st August on the year of entry.

We may invite you to interview if are unable to make a decision directly from your application.

Alternative professional qualifications, or previous related experience, may be considered and we encourage you to apply.

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries and use to UKNARIC to assess. Please see our International Student Support pages for more information.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at study@sgul.ac.uk

English language

For details on English Language requirements, please see here.

This is a Group 1 course.

Personal statement and references

You will be asked to outline your reasons for applying for the course in a brief personal statement on the application form. You will also need to provide two satisfactory references.

Go to the ‘Apply’ tab for more information.

The MSc is designed to provide a solid introduction to the key areas of genomics, human genetics and genetic variation, including an understanding of disease genetics and how genomic medicine can illuminate disease mechanisms and biology. You will examine the range of ‘omic’ technologies: their interpretation and application in key areas of healthcare such as cancer, rare inherited diseases and infectious diseases, as well as research.

With the development of bioinformatics now playing such a crucial work in the discipline, you will gain sufficient knowledge and understanding required to critically interpret existing genomic research and develop the skills to collect, analyse and interpret NHS data using a basic range of statistical and bioinformatics techniques.

As part of your MSc, you will conduct an in-depth supervised research project, which may provide an opportunity to work with clinical staff on our hospital sites. Many of our part-time students choose a project which can be incorporated within their work, such as genetic analysis of particular patient samples. Others have studied diverse topics such as neurological genetic disease or patients with tuberculosis. One recent student focused on how genomic education could be incorporated into and benefit midwife training.

MSc Genomic Medicine has been structured to provide options to study for PgCert and PgDip awards, as well as the MSc. At PgDip level, we offer two study routes (Option 1 and 2), which enable you to focus on cancer, pharmacogenomics, infectious or inherited disease. At PgCert level, we offer four different pathways:

  • Genomic Medicine (Standard): The majority of PgCert students follow the Standard pathway as it includes the core elements of the MSc programme.

  • Genomic Medicine (Medical): If you already have significant knowledge of genomics, this pathway allows you to opt out of the Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Genomics module.

  • Genomic Medicine (Bioinformatics): This pathway is ideal for those with an interest in big data and data handling.

  • Genomic Healthcare: This pathway of core modules has been designed based on feedback from our clinical students, including nurses, and is based on content most helpful to their daily work.

Our wide range of specialist modules can also be studied individually as part of Continuous Personal and Professional Development (CPPD). If you work in the NHS our modules are available with or without assessment, fully funded by HEE as part of your ‘workforce development’ (subject to available commissions). In recent years, a broad range of health professionals have chosen to study with us, including GPs, surgeons, consultants, research nurses, genetic technologists and biomedical scientists.

Modules

Modules throughout the course may include the following:

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MSc (180 credits, 8–10 modules plus research project)

  • Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Genomics (14-20 September, 2022)
  • Omics Techniques and Technologies; Their Application to Genomic Medicine (3 November - 9 November, 2022)
  • Bioinformatics, Interpretation and Data Quality Assurance in Genome Analysis (23-29 November, 2022)
  • Research Project (60 credit or 30 credit) presentations will take place on 3 August 2023

Plus at least 3 from:

  • Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment (22 - 28 February 2023)
  • Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare (18-24 January 2023)
  • Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases (28 September - 4 October, 2022)
  • Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease (5 - 9 December, 2022)

Plus between 1 and 4 from:

  • Cardiovascular Genetics and Genomics (2-7 February 2023)
  • Introduction to Counselling Skills in Genomics (23- 29 March 2023)
  • Ethical, legal and social issues in applied genomics (15-21 February 2023)
  • Advanced Bioinformatics (9-15 March 2023).

PgDip (120 credit, 8 modules)

This award can be tailored to suit your career goals and interest.

If you would like to discuss the module options available, please contact the Course Directors  ccieza-b@sgul.ac.uk and awalley@sgul.ac.uk for more information. 

Mandatory modules:

  • Bioinformatics, Interpretation and Data Quality Assurance in Genome Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Genomics
  • Omics Techniques and Technologies; Their Application to Genomic Medicine.

Plus at least 3 from:

  • Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease
  • Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Disease
  • Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment
  • Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare.

Plus 1 or 2 from:

  • Advanced Bioinformatics
  • An Introduction to Counselling Skills in Genomics
  • Cardiovascular Genetics and Genomics
  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Applied Genomics.

PgCert (60 credits, four modules)

There are 4 options which allow you to tailor study to your particular interests and experience.

PgCert Genomic Medicine (Standard)
Mandatory modules:

  • Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Genomics
  • Genomics of common and rare inherited disease

Plus 2 from:

  • Omics techniques and technologies; their application to genomic medicine
  • Advanced Bioinformatics
  • An introduction to counselling skills in genomics or Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Applied Genomics
  • Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease
  • Bioinformatics, Interpretation and Data Quality Assurance in Genome Analysis
  • Cardiovascular Genetics and Genomics
  • Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment
  • Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare.

PgCert Genomic Medicine (Medical)

Mandatory module:

  • Omics Techniques and Technologies

Plus 1 from:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Pathology of Cancer
  • Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare.

Plus 2 from:

  • An introduction to counselling skills in genomics or Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Applied Genomics
  • Application of Genomics to Infectious Disease
  • Cardiovascular Genetics and Genomics
  • Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Disease.

PgCert Genomic Medicine (Bioinformatics)

Mandatory modules:

  • Advanced Bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatics

Plus 2 from:

  • Application of Genomics to Infectious Disease
  • Cardiovascular Genetics and Genomics
  • Genomics of Common and Rare Disease.

PgCert Genomic Healthcare

Mandatory modules:

  • An introduction to counselling skills in genomics
  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Applied Genomics
  • Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Genomics
  • Genomics of Common and Rare Disease.

Teaching will be delivered at both St George’s and King’s College London. Teaching methods combine a mixture of lectures, to provide key theory and concepts, and interactive tutorials and workshops, allowing you to apply your new knowledge and skills.

Unlike traditional degree programmes in which you expect to attend teaching sessions every day of the week for the duration of each semester, teaching occurs in blocks of five consecutive working days for each module (see module dates). You are expected to attend all teaching sessions on these days and should expect the timetable to run from 9am to 5pm each day.

Three Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have been designed to support student learning outside of this face-to-face teaching time. One of these, The Genomics Era, is expected pre-course learning and usually runs in July to August. You will need to use your time between teaching blocks to embed your knowledge through recommended reading and to prepare assignments.

St George’s adopts a patient-centred approach to its education. The optional ‘An Introduction to Counselling Skills in Genomics’ module supports the development of appropriate attitudes and behaviours towards the diagnosis and management of patients whose care will be influenced by genomic investigations. As such, where possible, we will invite representatives from patient groups or someone who has actually been through a genetic process to share their own experience and what it meant to them.

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Our expertise

One of the things students tell us they like most about the course is the passion, knowledge and experience of our lecturers. You’ll be taught by clinicians actively involved in the 100,000 Genomes Project and scientific experts in drug discovery, direct-to-consumer genomic testing and the genomics of Covid-19. Previous guest speakers have included the Head of the south-west Thames Pathology Service and the Head of Genome Analysis and Genomics England.

For over two centuries, St George’s  has been at the forefront of developing new and innovative solutions to enhance the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease with a global reputation as experts in genomics, population health, infection and immunity, and molecular and clinical sciences. We enjoy a close relationship with the hospital as exemplified by the recent establishment of the Genomics Clinical Academic Group – a cross-institutional group comprised of scientists, clinicians, nurses and bioinformaticians all working together in both research and education.

In recent months, clinicians and researchers from across the University and Hospital have been leading urgent public health studies and trials into Covid-19 as part of the Oxford Vaccine trial and testing different treatments as part of the national recovery trial. St George’s is also leading on studies to develop rapid antibody tests for the disease and understand whether pregnant mothers can pass coronavirus onto their babies in the womb.

Assessment methods

Progress throughout the course will be assessed through a variety of methods, including single best answer questions, short answer questions, essays and oral presentations. As this is a modular programme, there is no final exam; instead, each module has two assessments which must be passed for academic credit (15 credits per taught module).

This course is designed for students and healthcare professionals who wish to acquire training in genomic technologies and their interpretation within a medical context. Genomics is an area of rapid change, with a particular skills shortage in the area of bioinformatics, an area you can specialise in through this programme.

An MSc in Genomic Medicine will provide career opportunities for a range of professions, from laboratory-based researchers to diagnostic and healthcare professionals. Our graduates have gone on to work in clinical diagnostics, clinical trials, scientist training programme, bioinformatics, laboratory research assistant, and have continued on to study postgraduate medicine and PhDs.

Careers

  • Bioinformatics

  • Clinical diagnostics

  • Clinical trials

  • Genomic counselling

  • Graduate entry medicine

  • NHS research

  • NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP)

  • Pharmaceutical company

  • PhD study

  • Research

  • Teaching/training

Facilities

St George’s is the only UK University based on a hospital site, St George’s Hospital, which is where the Channel 4 television series 24 hours in A&E is filmed. We offer a unique opportunity to study and work alongside the full range of clinical professionals and their patients. Based in the thriving multi-cultural hub of Tooting in South West London, our location has the added advantage of being just a short tube ride from Central London and all the city lifestyle has to offer.

We also have a range of specialist health and academic facilities to support your learning, listed below.

Pathology museum

Our on-site museum houses a collection of over 2,000 pathological specimens, including a number of original specimens donated by Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie in 1843. 

Research laboratories

Our research laboratories are fully fitted with all the equipment necessary for the students research projects. This includes benchtop and high-end microscopes, spectrophotometers, DNA amplifiers, organ baths and specialist glassware.

Library and learning technology

Our modern health sciences library offers a wide range of books, e-books, academic journals and other resources to support you. You will also have access to online resources, such as the Canvas virtual learning environment

and our Hunter discovery service to help you find the information you need. The library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and comprises silent, quiet and group learning areas, as well as four group discussion rooms.

IT facilities

We have five computer suites housing 260 workstations. Three of these suites are accessible 24 hours a day. It’s easy to find a free space with our handy real-time computer locator. We also have 75 self-service laptops available. Free Wi-Fi covers the whole campus, including all accommodation. You can use these resources to access your course materials, discussion boards and feedback through Canvas.

Student support

Whether you are an existing healthcare professional, returning to education after a break or joining us after graduating from an undergraduate degree, we want to ensure your experience is positive from the outset. At St George’s, you’ll be welcomed by a multicultural student and staff body of different ages, ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds, all with one thing in common – an interest in healthcare, science and medicine.

Students frequently tell us they greatly appreciate the diversity of our student and staff body, as well as the patients who access healthcare services in the borough of Tooting. We attract a substantial number – over two-thirds – of ‘mature’ students, aged 21 or over when they start; many have family and caring responsibilities.

We offer a full range of academic support and student services across all institutes, departments and faculties, some of which are listed below. We take pride in offering a transformative educational experience underpinned by cooperation and collaboration between staff and students.

Personal academic tutor

On arrival, you will be allocated a personal tutor – someone with whom you can have regular contact, who you ask questions and discuss problems with, both academic and personal. The main purpose of a personal tutor is to monitor your progress, pick up and help you resolve any problems, whether academic or welfare related. Even if they do not have the answer they will point you in the right direction towards the best people to deal with specific problems.

Academic staff support

You will have access to your lecturers, usually by arrangement via email.

Student Life Centre

Our Student Centre team can help you with every aspect of student life: finances, accommodation, exams and assessment, academic procedures, admissions, international queries, disability and wellbeing, even finding your way around – whatever it takes to make you feel at home. Each course has a designated contact within the student centre to link to and your personal tutor can signpost you to relevant support, including a confidential counselling service.

Careers service

Our careers service works to support current students and recent graduates to find and maintain the career of their dreams. We work with careers tutors from each course area to ensure that careers activities specific to your programmes and future profession come to you.

How to apply

Before beginning your application please check the entry criteria of the course you wish to study to ensure you meet the required standards.

If you work for the NHS and wish to be considered for HEE funding, please make this clear on your application.

Applications must be submitted through our online application system, which you can access below. 

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Access our online application system

 

  1. Select the application link for your chosen course and mode of study:

 

  • Genomic Medicine Module(s) (please see further guidance in Applying for a module section below)

 

  1. You will be asked to create an account. 

  2. Once you have created your account, you will be able to complete an application form and upload any relevant documents. You can save a partly completed form and return to it later. Please make sure you complete all sections. Please make sure that the information you provide is accurate, including the options you select in menus.

  3. Add pgadmissions@sgul.ac.uk to your address book to ensure you do not miss any important emails from us.

  4. When you have checked that your application is complete and accurate, click ‘submit’.

You can track your application through your online account.

Applying for a module

If you are applying to study a module please note the following:

Modules starting August – November 2022:

  • Fundamentals of human genetics and genomics: 14 - 20 September 2022 (closing date 7 September 2022)
  • Genomics of common and rare inherited diseases: 28 September - 4 October 2022 (closing date 21 September 2022)
  • Omics techniques and technologies: 3 - 9 November 2022 (closing date 27 October 2022)
  • Bioinformatics, interpretation and data quality 23 - 29 November 2022 (closing date 16 November 2022)

Apply using this link

Modules starting December 2022 – January 2023:

  • Application of genomics in infectious diseases: 5 - 9 December 2022 (closing date 28 November 2022)
  • Pharmacogenomics and stratified healthcare: 18 - 24 January 2023 (closing date 11 January 2023)

Apply using this link

Modules starting February – March 2023:

  • Cardiovascular genetics and genomics: 2 - 7 February 2023 (closing date 26 January 2023)
  • Ethical, legal and social issues in applied genomics: 15 - 21 February 2023 (closing date 8 February 2023)
  • Molecular pathology of cancer: 22 - 28 February 2023 (closing date 15 February 2023)
  • Advanced bioinformatics: 9 - 15 March 2023 (closing date 2 March 2023)
  • An introduction to counselling skills in genomics: 23 - 29 March 2023 (closing date 16 March 2023)

Apply using this link

Please note applications for all modules close one week before the module start date.

Guidance for completing your references

When completing your application, you will be asked to provide contact details of two referees. Please ensure these details are accurate. As soon as you have submitted your application, your referees will be contacted by the university asking them to upload a reference to your online application.

One must be a recent academic reference. The other should be either a second academic reference or a professional/employer reference. They should cover your suitability for the course and your academic ability.

Your referees should know you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. We do not accept references from family, friends, partners, ex-partners or yourself.

We will send reminder emails to your referees but it is your responsibility to ensure that contact details are correct and referees are available to submit a reference. References should be uploaded within two weeks of making your application.

In this tab you will find the financial information for this programme of study, including available financial support and scholarships.

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Funding your study

If you work for the NHS then you are eligible for funding from Health Education England (HEE) for up to 4 taught modules. Apply to us indicating that you require HEE funding are we will forward your information to HEE for consideration. HEE funding is limited so please apply as soon as possible. Visit Genomics England Education for more information.

We have a range of funding opportunities available for students. You may be eligible for the following.

Find out more on the fees and funding webpage.

Tuition fees

2022 UK Entry

  • Full-time MSc: £14,000

  • Part-time MSc: £7,500 per annum

  • Part-time Postgraduate Diploma: £5,250 per annum

  • Part-time Postgraduate Certificate: £2,750 per annum

  • Genomic Medicine Module: £1,400.

2022 EU and Non-EU (international)

  • Full-time MSc: £22,750

  • Part-time MSc: £12,000 per annum

  • Part-time Postgraduate Diploma: £9,500 per annum

  • Part-time Postgraduate Certificate: £4,750 per annum

  • Genomic Medicine Module: £2,350.

Additional costs

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

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Technology requirements

Find out more about technology requirements associated with online learning.

Genomic Medicine scholarship (MSc only)

St George's currently offer a scholarship for applicants to our Genomic Medicine MSc course.

Details of this scholarship and how to apply are set out below. The deadline for applications is 1 July 2022.

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Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • have completed an application for the course, either full-time or part-time study
  • not already be qualified at Masters level or above (e.g. PhD)
  • be self-funding (courses fully funded by the NHS or students receiving employer or sponsor funding are not eligible)
  • have or be predicted to obtain at least a 2:1.

All eligible candidates will be shortlisted on 1 July 2022 (please note scholarships cannot be deferred to 2023 or later entry).

Applicants with the highest scores across all courses will be considered for the scholarship and may be invited for interview.

Assessment criteria

If you are a Home (UK) or International (EU or non-EU) applicant applying for a taught postgraduate programme which has a scholarship, you will be automatically considered for the scholarship, providing you apply by the deadline.

You do not need to submit an additional application form. However, you may be asked to attend a physical or virtual interview.

Successful candidates will be those whom the Scholarship Committee consider will make a positive contribution to the academic environment at St George's and achieve the highest scores.

Your application will be scored based on:

  • your degree classification
  • your personal statement
  • your interview
  • your references.

Value of the scholarship

The scholarship covers the tuition fee cost at the Home (UK) rate.

Candidates who qualify as international students will be considered, with the view of meeting the cost difference between the Home (UK) and International (EU and Overseas) rates.

The scholarships are paid towards the course fees via an internal transfer within the university.

Covid-19 safety guidelines

  1. Wear a mask unless exempt
    • Use a face covering when in communal or crowded areas to protect our community.
    • Type II masks are required on campus, including lecture theatres and teaching rooms, and are available on site.
  2. Get your shot
    • Get vaccinated as soon as you can to protect yourself and others
    • Vaccinations services are available in the Atkinson Morley Wing of St George's hospital.
  3. Take a test
    • Get tested twice a week to keep our community safe.
    • LFD test kits are available from the University reception Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
  4. Symptoms?
    • Self-isolate, take a PCR test and let us know so we can break the chain of transmission and offer support.
    • Report to coronavirusconcern@sgul.ac.uk

Our priority is to keep our students and staff safe and support their wellbeing, while protecting our community from the risks of Covid-19 on our site, based inside a hospital. We have listened to feedback and preferences from our student community about St George’s as a place to study. 

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course. 

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans, but our approach is designed to make it possible to continue with much of the on-campus teaching planned. If we do need to make changes, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked question page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available. 

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Location of study

All face-to-face teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London, on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting or at King’s College London’s London Bridge campus, in compliance with the relevant government covid guidance.

Course content

We are not intending to make any significant changes to the content of the Genomic Medicine programme.

The programme is modular, and its learning outcomes are prescribed by Health Education England (HEE).

MSc students complete a project which can be either 30-credit or 60-credit.  Typically, about two-thirds of the 60-credit projects are laboratory-based (‘wet’).

How the course is being delivered

Our aim for 2022-23 is to continue to apply a blended learning model for teaching delivery. 

Modules will be comprised of a mixture of synchronous (“live”) and asynchronous (“pre-recorded”) activity. 

Traditional lecture-style sessions will either be pre-recorded, allowing students some flexibility in when they access these sessions, or live via an online platform such as Microsoft Teams.

Live on-site sessions will be primarily comprised of interactive sessions such as computer-based workshops, journal clubs, seminars, etc. 

The exact proportion of face-to-face sessions on-site will vary between modules.

All live sessions will occur on the advertised dates for each module and there will be scheduled times for watching all pre-recorded sessions during the advertised dates as well.

Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Microsoft Office 365 as part of the University’s institutional licence, and will be able to access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere.

In addition, we offer Microsoft Office for Mac via Office 365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and OneNote. Web-based Microsoft Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here.

There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements through the university’s IT Hardship team.

Course length

We are expecting to deliver the course within the planned timescales, and for successful students to graduate at the expected time.

Assessments

We assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of our students in a variety of ways. Methods we use for assessing taught modules include online timed examinations (SBAs and SAQs), and open assessments which include critical essays, data analysis, and case reports. All of these assessments are completed and/or submitted online via Canvas (the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)), and this will continue.

Continuing students

The Introduction to Counselling Skills in Genomics module normally includes a live face-face roleplay as part of the assessment.  In 2020-21, this was adapted so that it could be conducted remotely. The learning outcomes being tested and the assessment criteria remained the same. We expect that in 2022-23, this assessment will run face-to-face as Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed.

Projects are assessed via thesis, presentation, supervisors report and, in the case of 60-credit projects, initial proposal. Usually, the thesis is submitted online and as a hard copy, and the presentation is a face-to-face assessment with questions. However, in 2020-21 there was no requirement to submit a hard copy. Furthermore, the presentation was not face-to-face but required students to pre-record a timed PowerPoint presentation and answer a set of pre-determined questions. In 2022-23 students will need submit the thesis online (hard copy will not be required) and present it live in person followed by live questions from the panel.

Placements and essential hands-on teaching

MSc students complete a project which can be either 30-credit or 60-credit.  Typically, about two-thirds of the 60-credit projects are laboratory-based (‘wet’).

Additional costs

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page.

You will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures. Information is available on recommended device specification.

If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE), if needed, will be provided for you by the University.

Course timetable

Modules are delivered in blocks with all live teaching sessions scheduled for the advertised dates (see Course structure tab). 

There will be sufficient time to watch pre-recorded material on those given dates; however, we will endeavour to release this material to students before the advertised start date to allow students some flexibility. Interactive sessions, such as computer-based workshops and seminars, will be prioritized for face-to-face delivery on site. 

The amount of time that a student can expect to spend on site will vary between modules but it likely to be between 20% and 60%.

Due to the “block-style” teaching of the course, students can expect to have full working weeks when they do not have any scheduled learning.  They should expect to use this time for self-directed learning and completion of assessments.

Modules are assessed throughout the year, as students progress through the course, removing the requirement for an end-of-course examination. 

Term Dates

Consenting to these changes

At enrolment or re-enrolment you consented to the changes we anticipated as a result of the pandemic, which were outlined on the ‘Covid-19 updates’ tab of your course page at: www.sgul.ac.uk/study/courses.

Any changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice and our need to anticipate changes to that advice. Our capacity to offer alternatives is therefore limited. We do not feel that the changes will adversely affect students.  

If new you wish to avoid these changes by deferring your offer please contact admissions@sgul.ac.uk.

If continuing students wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance. We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.  

Making a complaint

If you have concerns about the quality of course delivery, please raise these with your course team in the first instance.

If you wish to take a more formal route, guidance is available to you in our student concerns and complaints procedure.

“I have found online studying to be quite successful for me. You can interact with your peers and lecturers as you usually would, but all from the comfort of your home. ”

- Jennifer, Medicine (MBBS) student, year 4

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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

1 July 2022

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