Within this programme, there are several exit 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). Please view our dedicated page for NHS staff courses.

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Exit award structure

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 3 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 1-4 from:

Cardiovascular genetics and genomics

 

Introduction to counselling skills in genomics

ELSI in genomics

 

Advanced bioinformatics

PgDip (120 credit, 8 modules)

There are two packages available for this award.

Package 1:

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 3 from:

Genomics of common and rare inherited disease

Application of genomics in infectious disease

ELSI in genomics

Cardiovascular genetics and genomics

Package 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, e.g. Counselling skills

PgCert (60 credits, 4 modules)

There are two packages available for this award.

Package 1:

Fundamentals of human genetics and genomics

Omics techniques and technologies; their application to genomic medicine

Bioinformatics, interpretation and data quality assurance in genome analysis OR

Pharmacogenomics and stratified healthcare OR

Molecular pathology of cancer and application in cancer diagnosis, screening and treatment

Genomics of common and rare inherited disease OR

Application of genomics in infectious disease OR

Cardiovascular genetics and genomics OR

ELSI in genomics

 Package 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, e.g. Counselling skills

Module descriptions

Core modules

Dates Core modules

5 - 11

September 2018

Module Guide

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 be utilised to elucidate disease mechanisms and biology. It also covers information governance issues in genomics.

Delivered at St George's

29 October – 2 November 2018

Module Guide

Omics techniques and their application to genomic medicine (15 credits)

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

28 February - 6 March 2019

Module Guide

Bioinformatics, interpretation, statistics and data quality assurance (15 credits)

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

 

60 Credit Research project or 30 Credit library-based dissertation

The research module can be approached by two different routes depending on student preference: a full research project of 60 credits or a literature review dissertation of 30 credits. If the latter is chosen, additional optional modules must be undertaken to fulfil the requirements of 180 credits for the MSc degree.

 

Core elective modules

Dates Core elective modules

5 - 10 October 2018

Module Guide

Genomics of common and rare inherited diseases (15 credits)

This module provides an introduction to the clinical presentation and manifestations of rare inherited and common diseases and considers the patient and family perspective concerning 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

3  - 7 December 2018

Module Guide

Application of genomics in infectious disease (15 credits)

This module shows how genomics can be used to provide a 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

10 - 15 January 2019

 Module Guide

Pharmacogenomics and stratified healthcare (15 credits)

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 type of genomic biomarkers currently in use or emerging.

Delivered at King's College London

30 January - 5 February 2019

Module Guide

Molecular pathology of cancer and application in diagnosis, screening, and treatment (15 credits)

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

Optional modules

Dates Optional modules

11- 12 March & 8 - 9 May 2019

Teaching, Learning, and Assessment in Healthcare and Science Education (15 credits)

This module addresses the key principles and practice of effective teaching, learning support and assessment in healthcare and science education, enabling you to develop your teaching skills with a scholarly and professional approach to your practice as a teacher in higher education. You will be required to apply those key principles both in a microteaching session with fellow students and in a session in a healthcare or science setting on which you will reflect and report. The module has been mapped to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for higher education. Attendance on all days is mandatory.

Delivered at St George's

20 - 26 March 2019

Module Guide

Counselling skills in genomics (15 credits)

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

14 - 20 March 2019

Advanced Bioinformatics (15 credits)

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, and also introduces the student to basic bioinformatic data skills using the command line, R/RStudio and Bioconductor. The student 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 students can practice designing their 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

8 - 11  April 2019

Module Guide

 

Cardiovascular genetics and genomics (15 credits)

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

Delivered at St George's

25 - 30 April 2019

Module Guide

Ethical, legal and social issues in applied genomics (15 credits)

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


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