MSc Genomic Medicine course structure information

You'll have the opportunity to study eight taught 15-credit core modules, and a 60-credit research project.

If studying part-time, you'll also have the option of a Literature Review (30 credits) and professional skills development (15 credit).

In the autumn term: You will learn about the fundamentals of genetics and genomics, including the currently clinical and research applications of genomic technologies.

In the spring term: You will gain practical skills in using and interpreting genomic data. There will then be the option to select different modules based on your learning aims.

In the summer term: You will apply your knowledge and skills to a 15-week genomics-oriented research project.

Fundamentals of Genomics and Human Genetics

An introduction to the key areas of genomics and human genetics, from the structure of a gene through to how genetic variation effects phenotype, giving you an understanding of disease genetics and how genomic medicine can be utilised to elucidate disease mechanisms and biology.

Omics Techniques & their Application to Genomic Medicine

Covering areas of ‘omics’ technologies, their interpretation and application in key areas of healthcare such as cancer, rare inherited diseases and infectious diseases, as well as research. A specific focus will be on the approaches supporting the 100,000 Genomes Project.

Genomics of Common & Rare Inherited Diseases

An introduction to the clinical presentation and manifestations of rare inherited and common diseases, and comprehensive overview of the traditional and current strategies and techniques used to identify genes responsible for both common multifactorial and rare inherited diseases.

Molecular Pathology of Cancer

An overview of the molecular mechanisms in cancer development, growth and metastasis, the differences between cancers,  the molecular & cellular actions of anti-cancer treatments, the genomic factors affecting response & resistance to treatment, & the research approaches to anti-cancer drug design & development.

Pharmacogenomics & Stratified Healthcare

An exploration of the analytical strategies/techniques used in pharmacogenomics and of potential challenges and limitations in this field to ensure the right treatment is offered to the right person at the right time based on the genetics of the individual.

Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease

An overview of 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 individuals and populations.

Bioinformatics (Intro), Data Interpretation & Data Quality Assurance in Genomic Analysis

Critical interpretation of genomic research and an introduction to genomic and genetic data resources to align sequence data to the reference genome, critically assess, annotate and interpret findings from genetic and genomic analyses.

Introduction to Counselling Skills used in Genomic Medicine

To provide an understanding of legal, social and ethical issues within medical genomics and an awareness of the current national and international legal framework for the governance of processing and sharing genetic information for research purposes.

Advanced Bioinformatics: Clinical Bioinformatics and Personalization of Medicines

This module follows from the Intro to Bioinformatics module and aims at providing the theoretical and practical knowledge that health professionals need in order to quantitatively analyse health data and develop personalized treatments for patients.

Research Project (60 credits)

Students will complete their masters with a research project, either within the NHS or within the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry & Health or Science at the University of Sheffield.  Students will be able to tailor their project to their clinical and research interests.

Part-time study

If you are a working professional or do not have time for a full MSc, we have a number of flexible options:

  • A Masters over two years part-time (180 credits)
  • A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) - either taken over 1 year or 2 years
  • A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) - either taken over 1 year or 2 years
  • AIndividual modules for CPPD.
Option 1:  Full Masters over two years

Over two years, you will complete eight taught modules during the Autumn and Spring terms and during the Summer term, either a tailored Research Project or a Literature Review with two additional taught modules.

NOTE:  The Research project will be studied for 15 weeks each year, on a part time basis and can be taken in the workplace if appropriate.  If you do not wish to complete the Research Project, there is the option to complete all five modules in the Spring Term, and then a Literature Review and Professional & Research Skills module in the Summer Term.

Option 2:  A Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate

Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip): Students must achieve 120 credits in their modules overall. over 1 or 2 years

Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert): Students must achieve 60 credits in their modules overall, over 1 or 2 years

NOTE: Students can apply directly to the above options or they can be used as exit strategies for a student if work commitments make completing the full masters problematic.

Option 3:  Individual Modules for CPPD

CPPD modules. Individual modules will be available to study as stand-alone CPPD short courses for applicants


See full course information on our Prospectus

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 13 January 2020


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