2020 start
PG Certificate
PG Diploma

Genomic Medicine

The Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Get first-hand experience of hypothesis-driven research by carrying out your own project in genomic medicine. This course is aimed at students as well as professionals from healthcare and science backgrounds.
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Course description

Lead academics: Dr Janine Kirby and Dr Dennis Wang

This is a stimulating course at the interface of medicine and data science. The course draws on expertise from two University faculties – Medicine, Dentistry and Health, and Science – as well as Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and the Sheffield Genetics Diagnostic Service (Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust).

It’s aimed at students as well as professionals from healthcare and science backgrounds. The syllabus, as outlined by Health Education England (HEE), covers the scope and application of genomics in medicine and biomedical research as well as considering ethical and genetic counselling aspects which genomic medicine introduces.

The course is taught by academics, scientists and clinicians, using a range of methods. You’ll have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of hypothesis-driven research by carrying out your own project in genomic medicine.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

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Core modules

  • Fundamentals in Human Genetics and Genomics
  • Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine
  • Genomic of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases
  • Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment and Monitoring
  • Bioinformatics, Data Interpretation & Data Quality Assurance in Genomic Analysis

Optional modules

  • Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare
  • Application of Genomics in Infectious Diseases
  • Introduction to Counselling Skills used in Genomic Medicine
  • Advanced Bioinformatics – Clinical Bioinformatics and Personalisation of Medicines
  • Research Project
  • Literature Review
  • Professional & Research Skills


The MSc Genomic Medicine offers a wide range of delivery methods for providing theoretical knowledge, from lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials to computer-based analysis workshops and flipped teaching as well as the opportunity to gain input from internationally renowned experts in their fields.

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. 

PG Diploma, PG Certificate and Continuing Professional and Personal Development (CPPD) options are available as entry and exit options on both a full-time or part-time basis.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

The course is aimed at UK/EU/International students with minimum of a 2:1 in a relevant scientific degree and NHS colleagues from suitable healthcare backgrounds. Medical students can intercalate after completion of three years of their medical degree. 

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score 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.

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Helen Hickson


+44 114 222 2296

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.