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Enrollment is open for the Genomic Medicine programme (MSc, PgDip, PgCert, CPPD), with full-time and part-time options starting September 2018


The University of Sheffield in partnership with Health Education England (HEE) launched an exciting new masters course for September 2015, aimed at individuals from a range of biomedical and healthcare backgrounds wanting to develop their knowledge and expertise in the field of Genomic Medicine, a rapidly evolving field that with the advent of genome sequencing will have a major impact on both clinical diagnosis and prognosis as well as in biomedical research.

The MSc in Genomic Medicine combines the strengths from across all departments of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Social Sciences, in combination with the Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Service to provide a progressive programme of fundamental genetics and genomics, through to applied clinical practice and genomic research, whilst recognising the ethical, legal and social issues that arise in using genetic data.The taught modules will involve biomedical scientists and clinicians, lawyers and bioinformaticians, thereby enhancing the inter-disciplinary nature of the course. The individual research project will provide you with first-hand experience and training in hypothesis-driven genomic researc

What will I study?

You will study a range of core and optional modules, following the syllabus developed by NHS Health Education England (HEE), to provide you with an understanding of the scope and application of genomics within medicine and scientific/clinical healthcare research, as well as an appreciation of the ethical, social and legal issues surrounding this field. 

The individual research project in one of our laboratories will provide you with first-hand experience and training in hypothesis-driven research.

Delivered by scientists, academics and clinical colleagues who are experts in their field, students will benefit from a comprehensive range of delivery techniques including lectures, tutorials, online learning packages, laboratory based workshops.

Who is the course for?

This masters is aimed at individuals from a range of biological, biomedical and healthcare backgrounds wanting to develop their knowledge and expertise in the field of Genomic Medicine. The course welcomes applications from UK, EU and International students, as well as intercalating Medical Students.

Why the University of Sheffield?

State of the Art Facilities:

  • The Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN): based within the Department of Neuroscience, is the first European Institute purpose-built and dedicated to basic and clinical research into Motor Neuron Disease (MND) and related neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.   It offers a coordinated approach to therapy development based on identifying causes and targets of proven pre-clinical effectiveness, bridging the gap from research discoveries in the laboratory to new therapies made available for patients in the clinic.

  • The Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Centre (SDGS) including both cytogenetic and molecular genetic disciplines, delivers first-class genetic analysis services to the UK and internationally for a wide variety of inherited and acquired genetic disorders.  The Laboratory holds full CPA Accreditation, is a member of the UK Genetic Testing Network (UKGTN) and participates in external quality assessment schemes UK NEQAS and EMQN.

  • The Genomic Medicine programme at Sheffield brings together academics, scientists and clinicians to advance personalized medicine by leveraging data from the 100,000 Genomes Project. Students will get first-hand experience of hypothesis-driven research by carrying out their own project in Genomic Medicine. Laboratories within the Department of Oncology & Metabolism and the Sheffield Institute of Nucleic Acids (SinFoNiA) provide a dynamic research environment to functionally characterise pathogenic variants.

Sheffield Research and Teaching:

  • 1st in the UK for Biomedical Sciences Research in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • Top for student experience in the Times Higher Education Awards 2014

Student testimonials:

"The MSc Genomic Medicine has enabled me to start my career in the NHS with a sound understanding of the real world impact of genomics and how the future of healthcare can benefit from its application"
- Kate Hobson, BSc, MSc

"I undertook the MSc in Genomic Medicine primarily because of my interest in this field, and it has been hugely informative in the use of genomics in diagnosing and treating disease. The MSc has been extremely useful in my professional development, as molecular pathology is a growing area within my specialty, and in particular it has helped my general understanding of the omic technologies and analysis of large scale data. Additionally, by undertaking the research component, I have been able to develop key skills and produce experimental data which are beneficial to me for future PhD Fellowship applications"
- Dr Lisette Martin, Specialty Registrar in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

"This MSc in genomic medicine helped me to secure a consultant job at one of the best NHS trusts in the UK, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts. Genomics in general is going to be the future of diagnostic services, pathology in particular, in which many of our services are increasingly including genomic data to help personalise diagnosis and treatment. University of Sheffield as a regional course leader, created great opportunities for many NHS staff to train in genomics in order to improve the services in the region. The course was amazing, very informative and was delivered by professional and extremely knowledgable persons."
- Dr Ali Al-Omari, NHS Consultant in Histopathology

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