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  1. How will I be taught?

     The MSc in Genomic Medicine offers a wide range of delivery methods for providing theoretical knowledge, from lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials to computer-based analysis workshops as well as the opportunity to gain input from internationally renowned experts in their fields. The inclusion of problem-based learning is embedded within the course and features in combinations of online and in person interpretive class formats. Tutorials, seminars and individual meetings with staff provide opportunities for discussion and feedback. Each of the departments delivering the programme fosters an environment that provides many opportunities for individual and group learning. However, the primary responsibility for learning lies with the student, who must be organised and self-motivated to make the most of the programme.

  2. What are the time commitments for Full Time Study?

    For the full time 1 year masters course, students will be expected to attend lectures for 2-4 days per week throughout the Autumn and Spring terms and attend on a full time basis during their Research Project.

  3. What are the time commitments for Part time Study?

    For the part time masters, time commitments are similar across the two years. For students taking the option of a Literature Review with two additional taught modules, time commitments on site will be agreed individually with students.

    Autumn & Spring Terms (both years): 16 - 20 days per term for taught modules, in blocks on site at The University of Sheffield with additional study off site.
    Summer Term (both years):
    Research Project, 2-3 days per week on site for 15 weeks in Year 1 and 2, dependent on the type of project, the supervisor and the venue.
    Literature Review and Taught Modules [Workplace Based Genomic Medicine and Professional & Research Skills] with time commitments to be agreed individually with students.

  4. What are the time commitments for Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates?

    This will depend on the options that you select.  Taught modules are around 4-8 days of lectures, usually divided into two teaching blocks.

  5. What is the difference between the awards?

    Students are eligible for the Masters in Genomic Medicine if they achieve 180 credits across all their modules.

    Students are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine when they achieve 120 credits across all their modules. This option is also available as an exit choice.

    Students are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Genomic Medicine when 60 credits are achieved in the modules overall.  This option is also available as an exit choice for self funded students.

  6. When can I apply?

    You can apply at any time and select the academic year in which you wish to start and which course option you are applying for.

  7. How do I apply?

    To apply for the MSc Genomic Medicine, please follow this link to apply through our on-line system [http://www.shef.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/apply/applying]. Please follow the instructions on this system and upload your information as requested.

    Please follow this link [https://arp.shef.ac.uk/apply/course/applicant] to apply for CPPD.

  8. Is there a deadline for applying?

    We do not have a specific deadline, but all applications are processed before the end of August for September starts. As the course has a limited number of places, the applications process may be closed if a large number of applications are received. This would be notified on our website.

    If you are applying from overseas, you will need to allow yourself sufficient time to receive your CAS number and secure your Tier 4 student visa.

  9. Is there more than one intake a year?

    For 2019/20, there will be one intake for the MSc in Genomic Medicine, Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine and Postgraduate Certificate in Genomic Medicine.  Our website will be updated with information on other intake dates when applicable. Please discuss your options with the course team before applying.

  10. What are the Entry Requirements and can I apply if I do not have a relevant degree?

    This course is aimed at UK/EU/International students with a minimum of a 2.1 in a relevant scientific degree, intercalating medical students and NHS colleagues from suitable healthcare backgrounds.

  11. What are the English Language requirements?

    Overall IELTS grade of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, 6.0 in writing,  7.0 in listening and 6.0 in speaking, or equivalent. We do recognise and accept other proof of English and you can check these by following this link: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/info/englang

    [Please note that our English requirements are higher than the University of Sheffield due to the nature and depth of the course to be studied].

  12. Do both of my references need to be academic?

    We would prefer both references to be academic, however if this is not possible, we would accept alternative references eg a manager at work, if these were relevant to the course.

  13. What happens if I graduate a long time ago and I cannot provide an academic reference?

    In this situation, we would ask for two references from recent work situations who could judge your suitability for postgraduate study.

  14. What should my referee comment on?

    Your referee should be able to comment on your background, your work ethic and your approach to study, ideally being able to indicate how you have been involved in relevant study or experience to the course.

  15. What is a personal statement?

    This is an important part of your application and should outline essentially why you want to study our Masters course. We would want to hear how your previous studies and experience would support your interest and application and how you feel studying our course would fit into your future potential plans. We would also welcome information on your activities outside the area of work or study which may add to your application.

  16. How long should my Personal Statement be?

    A good personal statement can be provided in 500 words.

  17. What are the tuition fees?

    The fee for the MSc in Genomic Medicine (Neuroscience) for International Students for the year 2019/20 is set at £24,600.

    The fee for the MSc in Genomic Medicine for non HEE funded UK/EU students for the year 2019/20 will be £10,000. The fee for individual CPPD modules at £1000.

  18. Are there any scholarships available for self-funded Masters Students?

    For Home/EU students:

    The Sheffield Graduate Alumni Award: Reductions of 10% on tuition fees are available for students who have completed their undergraduate degree in Sheffield. These are automatically deducted off your course fees.

    For International students:

    Shared Commonwealth Scholarships: Full details can be found at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/money/commonwealth
    Country Specific bursaries: Information on potential additional funding related to your individual country can be found at the following link: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/countries

    Additional Scholarship Information: Further information can be found at the following link: http://www.shef.ac.uk/ssid/finance/international

  19. What happens to my application once I have submitted it?

    Your application will firstly be reviewed by the Course Admissions Tutor and Administrator to ensure that you fulfil the criteria required by the course, in competition with the other applicants. We may interview candidates if we wish to ask the applicant further questions.

    Their decision will then be forwarded to the University Central Admissions Team for processing and they will send your offer or refusal letter to you by email.

  20. What kinds of offers are there?

    Your offer will either be:

    Unconditional: You meet all our entry requirements and have the offer of place with no conditions.

    Conditional: You have the offer of a place but need to send proof of certain outstanding issues. This is common where you have not completed your undergraduate degree or where references or English Language qualifications need to be uploaded. Once the specified conditions are met, you will be upgraded to an unconditional offer and sent an updated offer letter. Please note that Sheffield graduates will have their offers automatically upgraded once the final degree results are published in Summer.

    Reject: This will be if you do not meet our entry requirements or have submitted a particularly weak application.

  21. Why has no decision been made on my application yet?

    There is usually a short delay between receiving your online application, processing it in the department and then the final offer letter being forwarded to you. At times, we may contact you regarding elements of your application and this would delay the decision.

    Please note if you are an intercalating medical student, there are delays while the necessary checks are made regarding your leave of absence and subsequent return to medical studies.

  22. What is a CAS number?

    A CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) is a virtual number and replaced Visa Letters in acting as support for a student to come to the UK to study or, in the case of visa extensions, to continue their studies in the UK. Students will not be able to apply for a visa or visa extension without a CAS number. CAS numbers are required for Masters, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates in Genomic Medicine for all non-EU applicants.

  23. When and how do I get my CAS number?

    Once you have been offered an unconditional place on our Masters course, you will be contacted directly by the University regarding your CAS number and how to apply for this.

    There is a deposit of £1,000 before your CAS number is issued and this will deducted from your tuition fees. The only exception to this is for sponsored international students whose course fees are fully funded.

    Further information can be found at http://ask.sheffield.ac.uk/help/current/cas_no

  24. How do I apply for my Tier 4 Student visa?

    You will be sent information directly from our Points Based System team, however there is further information available at the following link:


  25. What if I change my mind about coming to Sheffield?

    You are under no obligation to start your masters course, even if you have accepted an unconditional offer. If you do change your mind, we would ask you to email our administrator Helen Hickson (h.hickson@sheffield.ac.uk) so that we are aware that you will not be arriving.

    Please note that international students who have paid their deposit and have already received their CAS number, will only be refunded their deposit when there are significant circumstances outside the control of the student eg visa refusal.

  26. When does the course start?

    For 2019/20 our course begins with Introductory Week activities during week commencing 23 September 2019. As these lectures and discussions are very important, we ask that all students make arrangements to be in Sheffield to attend these activities.

  27. Can I study part time?

    Part time options for the Masters, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate are available for HEE funded students and further information can be found on our webpage.

  28. Can I study by distance learning?

    This option is not currently available.

  29. I am going to take an English test later in the year, can I still apply now?

    Yes you can apply before you have your English test result. However, please note that your offer would be conditional on receipt of our required English standards and your offer would only be converted to unconditional if we receive proof that you have met our English language requirements.

  30. I am studying at the English Language Teaching Centre in Summer, am I still eligible?

    Yes you can apply but it is important to note that if you do not achieve our required English Language levels, we will not accept you onto the course, regardless of whether you are already in the UK.

  31. How does my application progress?

    Once you receive your offer, it is helpful to us if you accept your offer if you are fairly certain that you are coming to study our masters course. Please be aware that you cannot accept more than one unconditional offer at the University of Sheffield.

    If you have outstanding documents, please continue to upload these onto your online application as they become available and as soon as all the requested information is received, you will receive an unconditional offer.

    Once your application rolls over to registration status in early September, we will contact you to invite you to the Introductory Week activities.

  32. What are the course dates?

    The course is a full-time 12 month course. The term dates for 2019/20 are:

    23/09/2019 - 27/09/2019: Introductory Week

    30/09/2019 - 13/12/2019: Autumn Term

    13/01/2020 - 11/09/2019: Spring/Summer Term

  33. What holidays do I have?

    You will have two week vacation over the Christmas Festive period and a second two week vacation over the Easter period.

  34. Can I defer my offer?

    We are happy to defer offers for one year. We would ask you to reapply for the course if you were unable to take up your place in the second year.

  35. Do I have to pay a deposit?

    There is a non-refundable deposit of £1,000 for international students to secure your CAS number. [NB in cases of significant circumstances outside the student’s control, this deposit can be refunded]

  36. What will the student cohort be like?

    We have a wide cross section of students coming from backgrounds including medicine, psychology, biomedical sciences, human and natural sciences, nursing, speech and language therapy, biology, neurophysiology. We welcome a range of ages and nationalities to our course.

    We envisage that the course will also be relevant to healthcare professionals extending their skills in the workplace and science graduates with a keen interest in the bioinformatics analysis of omic data.

  37. What additional skills will I gain?

    As a University of Sheffield postgraduate, the research project, seminar programmes and taught modules provide a range of subject specific and transferable skills pertinent to a career in academia, the NHS or industry as well as in other alternative careers, such as patent law and healthcare communications.

  38. How will I be assessed?

    Each of the 15 credit modules is assessed using either coursework, including essays, poster and oral presentations, or online quizzes. The assessment questions consist of short-answers, numerical examples, and essay questions, depending upon the nature of the material covered by each module. The 15-week, 60 credit research project is assessed by a dissertation and a presentation.

  39. Is there a reading list?

    A full reading list would be sent to you prior to your starting your Masters.

  40. Can I attend an Open Day?

    Please check our website for details of the Postgraduate Open Days. If you are closer to Sheffield and would like to arrange a visit, please contact our Course Administrator, Helen Hickson, on 0114 222 2296 or by email h.hickson@sheffield.ac.uk to arrange a convenient time.

  41. How can I get further information?

    If you would like to discuss the course further, please email our course email at genomicmedicine@sheffield.ac.uk or our Course Administrator, Helen Hickson on h.hickson@sheffield.ac.uk.

    Alternatively you can call her on +00 114 222 2296. If you are based in the UK and would like to visit SITraN, please contact Helen Hickson to arrange a time or attend one of our Open Days.