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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

30 June 2020

Location

St George's, University of London

UK, EU and non-EU (international) citizens may apply

Start dates

September 2020

This course follows a curriculum designed by Health Education England and is suitable for healthcare professionals and other students with an interest in genomic medicine. As the programme is jointly taught by St George’s and King’s, students will benefit from the breadth of expertise provided by both institutions.

You will learn how recent technological advances have transformed how genomic data is generated, analysed and presented, and its relevance to a range of clinical scenarios, as well as how to handle such big data.

Development of knowledge and skills in these areas will enable healthcare professionals to deliver services aligned with the values of the NHS constitution. Life science graduates may use this as a stepping stone to a range of careers including in the NHS, the pharmaceutical industry, and bioinformatics, or as preparation for a PhD. This is a flexible programme is structured to provide options for PgCert and PgDip awards as well as the MSc or, if you prefer, modular study towards your Continuous Personal and Professional Development (CPPD). 

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Highlights

  • This qualification is awarded by St George’s and taught in partnership with King’s College London. Both institutions are NHS preferred providers.
  • 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.

  • Integrated within the South London Genomic Medicine Centre.

  • Both campuses co-located with leading teaching hospitals.

  • Institutional expertise in multi-professional education.

  • St George’s scored 92% overall student satisfaction in Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2014.

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

Tuition fees

2020 UK/EU Entry
  • Full-time MSc: £13,250

  • Part-time MSc: £7,000 per annum

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

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

  • Genomic Medicine Module: £1,300

2020 Non-EU (international)
  • Full-time MSc: £21,500

  • Part-time MSc: £11,250 per annum

  • Part-time Postgraduate Diploma: £8,750 per annum

  • Part-time Postgraduate Certificate: £4,400 per annum

  • Genomic Medicine Module: £2,200

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

Funding your study

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

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

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.

Within this programme there are several academic awards you can study towards. You can choose to study either single modules, a PgCert, a PgDip or a full MSc. If you work in the NHS our modules are available with or without assessment, fully funded by Health Education England as part of your ‘workforce development’ (subject to available commissions).

Award structure

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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

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Healthcare and Science

PgDip (120 credit, 8 modules)

There are two routes available for this award to suit your career goals and interests.

Option 1

Five core modules:

  • Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Genomics

  • Omics Techniques and Technologies; Their Application to Genomic Medicine

  • Bioinformatics, Interpretation and Data Quality Assurance in Genome Analysis

  • Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment

  • Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare.

Plus three from:

  • Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Disease

  • Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease

  • ELSI in Genomics

  • Cardiovascular Genetics and Genomics

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Healthcare and Science

  • An introduction to counselling skills in genomics.
Option 2
  • Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Genomics

  • Omics Techniques and Technologies; Their Application to Genomic Medicine

  • Bioinformatics, Interpretation and Data Quality Assurance in Genome Analysis

  • Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Disease

  • Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease

  • Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare OR Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment

  • ELSI in Genomics OR Cardiovascular Genetics and Genomics

  • Any other module (including those optional ones listed above).

PgCert (60 credits, four modules)

There are two routes available for this award to suit your career goals.

Option 1

Two core modules:

  • Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Genomics

  • Omics Techniques and Technologies; Their Application to Genomic Medicine

Plus one from:

  • Bioinformatics, Interpretation and Data Quality Assurance in Genome Analysis

  • Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare

  • Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment

Plus one from:

  • Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Disease

  • Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease

  • Cardiovascular Genetics and Genomics

  • ELSI in Genomics

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Healthcare and Science

Option 2
  • Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Genomics

  • Omics Techniques and Technologies; Their Application to Genomic Medicine

  • Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Disease OR Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease

  • Any other module (including those listed as optional above)

Module descriptions

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Core modules

Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Genomics (15 credits)

This module provides an 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. 

Delivered at St George's.

Download the module guide (PDF).

Omics Techniques and Their Application to Genomic Medicine (15 credits)

Teaching dates: 4 - 8 November 2019

This module covers the range of multi-omics technologies, their interpretation, and application in key areas of healthcare such as cancer, rare inherited diseases, and infectious diseases, as well as research.

Delivered at King’s College London.

Download the module guide (PDF).

Bioinformatics, Interpretation, Statistics and Data Quality Assurance (15 credits)

Teaching dates: 21 - 27 November 2019

This module provides the knowledge and understanding required to critically interpret existing genomic research and develop the skills to formulate research questions. It also provides the skills to collect, analyse and interpret NHS data using a basic range of statistical and bioinformatics techniques.

Delivered at King’s College London.

Download the module guide (PDF).

Please note this module is now closed for applications.

Core elective modules

Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases (15 credits)

Teaching dates: 9 - 15 October 2019

This module provides an introduction to the clinical presentation and manifestations of rare inherited and common diseases, and considers the patient and family perspective with respect to the role and impact of genomics. It reviews traditional and current strategies and techniques used to identify genes responsible for both common multifactorial and rare inherited diseases.

Delivered at St George’s.

Download the module guide (PDF).

Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease (15 credits)

Teaching dates: 9 - 13 December 2019

This module shows how genomics can be used to provide more accurate diagnosis, predict which drugs are likely to be more effective, and monitor treatment and control of infectious disease in both individuals and populations.

Delivered at St George’s.

Download the module guide (PDF).

Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare (15 credits)

Teaching dates: 23 - 28 January 2020

This module provides a comprehensive overview of the analytical strategies and techniques used in pharmacogenomics and explores some of the challenges and limitations in this field. It also provides an overview of the different types of genomic biomarkers currently in use or emerging.

Delivered at King’s College London.

Download the module guide (PDF).

Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Diagnosis, Screening, and Treatment (15 credits)

Teaching dates: 19 - 25 February 2020

This module provides detailed knowledge and understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in cancer development, including how interrogation of a person’s own genome and the genome of tumour cells can facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Delivered at King’s College London.

Download the module guide (PDF).

Optional modules

 

An Introduction to Counselling Skills in Genomics (15 credits)

Teaching dates: 1 - 7 April 2020

The aim of this module is to equip students with the knowledge, communication and counselling skills, and appropriate attitudes and behaviours towards the diagnosis and management of patients whose care will be influenced by genomic investigations.

Delivered at St George’s.

Download the module guide (PDF).

Advanced Bioinformatics (15 credits)

Teaching dates: 18 - 24 March 2020

This module builds upon and extends the module Bioinformatics, Interpretation and Data Quality Assurance in Genome Analysis and further explores state of the art bioinformatics pipelines for genetic data in a clinical context, suitable for studying genetic variants underlying Mendelian diseases, cancer genetics, and RNA expression data using Galaxy. It introduces you to basic bioinformatic data skills using the command line, R/RStudio and Bioconductor. You will learn about the landscape of tools for read mapping and variant calling and how they are suitable for different types of genetic data and analysis. Lectures will be combined with computer practicals where you can practice designing your own bioinformatics pipelines in the Galaxy environment and work with real RNA expression and cancer genomics datasets. The course will also provide a primer for working with large genetic datasets using command line tools, simple scripting and R/RStudio and Bioconductor.

To study this module you will need to have completed the Bioinformatics, Interpretation, Statistics and Data Quality Assurance core module.

Delivered at King’s College London.

Download the module guide (PDF).

Cardiovascular Genetics and Genomics (15 credits)

Teaching dates: 2 - 5 March 2020

This module will introduce you to the role of genomics in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease, in terms of both common and rare disease, and will discuss the impact that our growing knowledge of the genomic aetiology of these conditions is having on management.

Delivered at St George’s.

Download the module guide (PDF).

Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Applied Genomics (15 credits)

Teaching dates: 14 - 17 April 2020

This module aims to provide a framework for the ethical understanding of medical genomics. Students will be provided with a platform of ethical understanding from which to consider issues of human confidentiality, autonomy, disclosure, informed consent and natural justice.

Delivered at St George’s.

Download the module guide (PDF).

Teaching will be delivered at both St George’s and King’s College London and will include a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and online formats. 

Progress throughout the course will be assessed through a variety of methods, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, essays and oral presentations.

Face-to-face teaching for each module typically occurs across four or five consecutive working days (see the module dates). Teaching will 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. 

Three Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have been designed to support student learning outside of this face-to-face teaching time. Students will need to use their time between these blocks of teaching to embed their knowledge through recommended reading and to prepare their assignments. 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 who wish to acquire training in genomic technologies and their interpretation within a medical context.

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 areas such as in clinical diagnostics and in bioinformatics, and have continued on to study postgraduate medicine.

All applications must be submitted through our online application system.

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How to apply

  1. Click on the relevant application link above.

  2. Create an account.

  3. Complete the 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 online.

Applying for a module

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

  • Applications should be submitted one month before the start date of the module at the latest. We cannot guarantee your application will be considered if you apply later than this.

  • 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.

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.

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.

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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

30 June 2020

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