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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

01 June 2021

Location

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

Start dates

September 2021

Overview

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).

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.

Course info

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.

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Fees and funding

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Funding your study

If you work for the NHS then you are eligible for funding from Health Education England for up to four 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 about fees and funding.

Tuition fees

2021 UK/EU Entry
  • Full-time MSc: £13,750

  • Part-time MSc: £7,250 per annum

  • Part-time Postgraduate Diploma: £5,000 per annum

  • Part-time Postgraduate Certificate: £2,600 per annum

  • Genomic Medicine Module: £1,350

2021 Non-EU (international)
  • Full-time MSc: £22,000

  • Part-time MSc: £11,500 per annum

  • Part-time Postgraduate Diploma: £9,000 per annum

  • Part-time Postgraduate Certificate: £4,550 per annum

  • Genomic Medicine Module: £2,250

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.

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

  • meet the entry criteria

  • write a personal statement

  • provide two 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. See 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
  • Omics Techniques and Technologies; Their Application to Genomic Medicine
  • Bioinformatics, Interpretation and Data Quality Assurance in Genome Analysis
  • Research Project (60 credit or 30 credit)

Plus at least three from:

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

Plus between one and four from:

  • Cardiovascular Genetics and Genomics
  • Introduction to Counselling Skills in Genomics
  • Ethical, legal and social issues in applied genomics
  • Advanced Bioinformatics

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 Director keverett@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 three 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 one or two 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 four 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 two 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 one from:

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

Plus two 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 two 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:

  2. You will be asked to create an account. 

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  • Applications should be submitted at least two months before the start date of the module at the latest. We cannot guarantee your application will be considered if you apply later than this. All students must attend an induction and enrolment day at St George’s University.  These are held in September and in January so candidates for individual modules should be aware that they need to apply in sufficient time before the module teaching dates to allow for their application to be processed and attendance at induction to be therefore be possible.

  • Applicants should complete the basic information on the application form.

Please enter the following information in the ‘personal statement’ section of your application form:

  • full title and start date of your desired module

  • if you would like to take the assessment or not.

  • Whether you are applying for HEE funding

We only require one reference, which can either be professional or academic. The application form will ask for two references: please enter the details of your one referee in both sections. If your application is successful you will be required to complete an online enrolment module and provide valid ID (such as a valid passport or driving licence) to enable you to join the programme. Full information will be provided if you are made an offer.

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.

We have been working hard to find ways to teach our courses without disruption, while keeping our staff and students safe and making sure we follow government guidance on Covid-19. 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. If we do so, 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 questions page for applicants and offer holders as more information becomes available.

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). These will not change due to Covid-19. However, the Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease module will be updated to include material relevant to the pandemic.

We were not able to deliver the Introduction to Counselling Skills module in 2019/20 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. However, we are committed to delivering this module in 2020/21, as it is essential for some students to be able to complete their study. Even if it has to be delivered online, this will happen. 

(We are not offering the Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Science and Healthcare module in 2020/21, but this is not because of Covid-19. We had already planned not to provide it for a year to allow for it to be redesigned. It has not been advertised for this year of entry.)

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’). PLEASE NOTE: it may not be possible to do a ‘wet’ project, depending on the situation with the pandemic in 2021. Instead, all students may need to complete a ‘dry’ project.

 

Module/component

Academic year to which the change will apply

Description of change

Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Science and Healthcare

2020/21

Not being provided to allow time for redesign (unrelated to Covid-19)

60-credit projects

2020/21

All projects may need to be ‘dry’, i.e. non-laboratory-based

Supporting vulnerable students

Students considered to be most at risk from Covid-19 should work at home wherever possible in line with government advice. Students who are going on placement will be required to complete an individual risk assessment and others may choose to do so. In addition, students from vulnerable groups, including care leavers, students estranged from their families and students with disabilities, are prioritised for help from the University’s Hardship Funds and for accommodation in Horton Halls. Priority for loans of laptops from the University will be given to those eligible to receive a hardship grant; those registered as disabled, care leavers or with caring responsibilities; and international students who may have difficulty sourcing an appropriate device on arrival in the UK.

We recognise the impact that the current circumstances may have on mental health and have expanded our counselling provision, offering remote appointments to any student. In addition, every student will be allocated a personal tutor to offer individual pastoral and academic support from the start of their studies. (Further information about health and wellbeing advice during Covid-19 is available here.)

Priority consideration has been given to support for students with disabilities when accessing teaching and learning online, through the provision of automatic live captioning and British Sign Language within our primary technologies of Panopto, MS Teams and Big Blue Button. These can benefit a range of students, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), memory processing issues, and for whom English is an additional language.

Human-level captioning is also available where a need has been established through the Disability Advisory team. Human-level captioning requests are processed by the Learning Technology Services (LTS) section and can be requested by email to lts@sgul.ac.uk.  

How the course will be delivered

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams.  

Pending Health Education England (HEE) approval, placements are currently expected to resume from September 2020 with minimum changes to planned delivery or timings. All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance.   

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. 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 Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based 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 to contact our IT Hardship team.

We will be pre-recording many sessions and recording any that are delivered live. This will allow you to access the material whenever is convenient for you. Additional written notes will also be provided, to help all students with self-directed learning and also to help the hearing-impaired.

The personal tutor system has been relatively ‘light touch’ in the two years it has run so far. However, we intend is to make regular meetings (whether by telephone or video conferencing) a requirement so that we can ensure you are supported as best as possible and maintain your connection to the university.

Risk assessment

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

 

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you suffer, or have suffered, from a serious illness (physical or psychological) or have a disability, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, please let us know. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course.

Please contact our Disability Advisor as soon as possible with details to help us establish whether your health history or disability is likely to affect your ability to study or practise. This will also give us sufficient time to carry out a detailed assessment, obtain reports and organise additional expert assessments if required.

Attendance at site

Most of our courses include elements of teaching for which you will be required to attend the University site. Attendance at these sessions will be essential to enable you to engage with the course and undertake assessments.

Placements

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement that is part of your course (or undertake certain other activities, such as those which include the practice of clinical skills or require the use of PPE). Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placement arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and alternative arrangements may not be possible. This may have implications for the continuation of your study. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact the Disability Advisor now to undertake an assessment.

 

Current students

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you're a student with a pre-existing illness or disability, or who is shielding, your course team will contact you to ask if you would like to complete a personal risk assessment before you return to the site. If you suffer from a serious illness which may increase your level of risk, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, we recommend that you complete a personal risk assessment. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course. 

Attendance at site

For the majority of our courses we will delivering an element of face to face, hands-on teaching on campus in line with social distancing guidelines which you are required to attend. If you will be unable to attend teaching on site due to a health reason, you must let us know by start of the academic year so we can consider alternative arrangements to ensure you progress through the course. Mitigating Circumstances can still be submitted for unforeseen illnesses; however, being unable to attend the site due to shielding or being at heightened risk from a pre-existing illness or disability will not be accepted as grounds for Mitigating Circumstances. Please discuss this with your course team and complete a personal risk assessment so that all reasonable adjustment can be made.

Placements 

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement (or undertake certain other activities, such as those including the practice of clinical skills or requiring the use of PPE) that is part of your course. Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placements arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and where alternative arrangements are not possible, there may be implications for your studies. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact your course team now to undertake a personal risk assessment.

Course length

At this stage, we expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable full-time students to complete the programme in one academic year and part-time students to complete the programme in two academic years. All assessments can be completed and/or submitted remotely. 

The one assessment for which this is challenging is the roleplay assessment for the Introduction to Counselling Skills module. However, although remote assessment of this might not be ideal, it is possible (via a live video platform, such as MS Teams).

All taught modules which are scheduled for before Christmas will be delivered wholly online.  This affects five taught modules, three of which are core (so the vast majority of students will do these modules). The balance between seminars and directed self-learning will vary between modules, as appropriate. For example, the first module will include a significant number of live sessions because there isn’t time for students to do much pre-sessional work.

Unlike many courses, we still have to deliver all live, synchronous sessions on the dates advertised because we have students who are working full-time and will have booked that time off work to attend the module. Later modules will aim to have all material on the Canvas (virtual learning environment) pages and available to students two weeks before the first official teaching day of the module. You will be directed to complete certain tasks which will then feed into the synchronous teaching during that week – for example, the Omics Techniques and Technologies module will be structured five days of teaching with pre-recorded lectures in the mornings and live online workshops in the afternoons. All this material will be made available two weeks before the module starts, so you can go through all the lectures whenever you wish. You may choose to do so during those two weeks, or only be able to look at the material on the official teaching dates – but either way it will be available beforehand.

Additional costs

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

As a result of our courses beginning with the majority of teaching online, 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) will be provided for you if needed.

Assessment methods

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 were already completed and/or submitted online via Canvas, and this will continue.

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.

Award

No changes.

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, with appropriate social distancing measures in place. We have not explored alternative locations for teaching and have no immediate plans to do so. If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver teaching on site in a manner that is safe for students and staff.

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Incoming students (from September 2020)

 

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. If you wish to avoid these changes by deferring your offer please contact admissions@sgul.ac.uk.

 

Current students

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. You will be required to consent to these changes as part of your re-enrolment. If you 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.

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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

01 June 2021

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