MSc Genomic Medicine

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc, MRes, PGDip, PGCert, CPD available
Duration
MSc 1Yr FT 2Yr PT MRes 1Yr FT; PGDip 1Yr FT 2Yr PT
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent :

  • biomedical science
  • medicine
  • nursing.

Flexibility on entry requirements will be applied to candidates with appropriate extensive professional experience.

Subject to confirmation of suitability, the following number of credits can be accepted as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL):

  • MSc: 60 credits
  • PGDip: 45 credits 
  • PGCert: 15 credits

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) will also be considered on an individual basis.

This course is also available for intercalating medical students, both from the University of Manchester and other UK universities, upon completion of their third year. For St Andrews students, this includes the three-year course plus the following one or two years spent in Manchester. Intercalating medical students need to have passed all assessments at first attempt (if they are third year) or have no fails in third year if they are fourth year.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N N
PGDip Y Y N N
PGCert Y Y N N

Course overview

  • Learn to apply genetics, genomics and bioinformatics to patient care.
  • Learn from clinical and academic experts from The University of Manchester, Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine, and the University of Liverpool. 
  • Study at a university ranked 8th in the UK and among the top 50 in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings 2019). 
  • MRes pathway is available and provides excellent experience for progressing onto a PhD in genomics.
  • Units from this MSc as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please visit the Genomic Medicine CPD units page.
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Genomic Medicine at The University of Manchester

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £12,000
    International students (per annum): £27,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,000
    International students (per annum): £13,500
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,600
    International students (per annum): £21,600
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,800
    International students (per annum): £10,800
  • PGCert (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,800
    International students (per annum): £10,800
  • PGCert (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,400
    International students (per annum): £5,400
  • Modular (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,200 per 15 credit module
    International students (per annum): £2,700 per 15 credit module

Additional expenses

Travel to the University of Liverpool will be required for the Pharmacogenomics and Genomics of Infectious disease units.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Alumni bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2020.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • graduated in 2019 or are graduating in 2020;
  • hold a first class honours degree; 
  • have home or overseas fee status; 
  • are applying for full- or part-time study; 
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria so there is no application process.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 5439
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/medicine/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent :

  • biomedical science
  • medicine
  • nursing.

Flexibility on entry requirements will be applied to candidates with appropriate extensive professional experience.

Subject to confirmation of suitability, the following number of credits can be accepted as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL):

  • MSc: 60 credits
  • PGDip: 45 credits 
  • PGCert: 15 credits

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) will also be considered on an individual basis.

This course is also available for intercalating medical students, both from the University of Manchester and other UK universities, upon completion of their third year. For St Andrews students, this includes the three-year course plus the following one or two years spent in Manchester. Intercalating medical students need to have passed all assessments at first attempt (if they are third year) or have no fails in third year if they are fourth year.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here) .

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with 6.0 or above in each component
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based with 20 or above in each component

See further information about requirements for your country .

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course , if your current IELTS scores are:

  • Minimum 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each component plus enrolment and attendance on the 6-week pre-sessional course (PS6)
  • Minimum 6.0 overall with 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in the remaining components or 5.5 overall with 5.5 in each component plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10)

Please note, we must approve this before you apply for the English course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

You need to be able to demonstrate relevant work experience in your chosen pathway.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

Your application form must include the following documents.

  • Two academic references on letter headed paper or sent from work emails, signed and dated within six months of your application. We do not contact referees directly.
  • Copies of official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated.
  • Academic transcripts (with translations if not in English).
  • Full CV including voluntary experience.
  • Personal statement - approximately 300-500 words about why you wish to take this course and how it will affect your personal and professional development. This statement should try and refer to your current role. The statement must clearly demonstrate that you have background knowledge of human genetics if this is not obvious from your degree or transcripts. Applicants that cannot demonstrate this may be rejected on the basis that they have insufficient background knowledge to allow them to cope with a Master's level course in the subject.
  • Proof of English Language proficiency (if required).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or sent directly to pgtaught.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk . After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

How your application is considered

Your application will be reviewed by the course director once we receive all supporting documentation.

We consider applications on an academic and relevant professional experience basis based on all of the information provided.

Interview requirements

We do not normally interview applicants but reserve the right to do so in certain circumstances.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. This means that if you intend to begin a course on 16 September 2019, we will not issue you with a CAS number before 16th June 2019.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Deferrals

Deferrals are considered on an individual basis. Successful applicants may defer entry to the course for up to one year.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our MSc in Genomic Medicine is accredited by Health Education England and designed to fulfil the aspirations of the 100,000 Genome Project to create a world-class NHS workforce that understands and applies genomics for patient care. Our MSc consists of taught units and a literature review or a bioinformatics-based project. You will be encouraged to use your intellectual curiosity, creativity and critical thinking in the practical application of genomics and bioinformatics.

We emphasise the practice of genomics and bioinformatics in the NHS and academia as a partnership between multiple stakeholders, including clinical, academic and industrial involvement. As such, you will learn from clinical experts from the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine , The University of Manchester, The University of Liverpool, North West Coast (NWC) Genomic Medicine Centre, AstraZeneca and Qiagen.

NHS professionals will learn how genomics impact on their area of clinical practice and how they can apply their new knowledge in their workplace.

This course is also ideally suited to science graduates wanting to further their specialist knowledge in human genomics. The knowledge and training from this course is appropriate for securing employment in the healthcare industry (eg diagnostics, data interpretation) or for entry into further training programmes (eg NHS Scientist Training Programme).

MRes students will undertake a literature review and a research proposal (project 1) before starting their six-month lab research project. This provides excellent training and experience for pursuing a PhD in the field.

Aims

This course will train healthcare professionals from different disciplines (e.g. medicine, nursing, scientists and technologists) in genomic knowledge that will impact on their service delivery to patients.

We will provide contemporary genomic education for the multi-professional healthcare workforce to support:

  • the mainstreaming of the 100,000 Genomes Project and the research and clinical opportunities it provides
  • the embedding of genomics education at all levels of the current and future workforce
  • the building of capacity and capability in the NHS workforce in genomic medicine, both clinical and research

The course will also equip science graduates with the skills and knowledge to secure employment in the healthcare industry or pursue a PhD in the field.

Teaching and learning

We take a student-focused and patient-centred approach to teaching and learning.

The course content is delivered using a combination of online and face-to-face methods including lectures, problem and evidence-based learning, workshops and collaborative learning.

The face-to-face elements are designed to help you develop the deeper contextualised specialist knowledge and critical evaluative skills necessary for a questioning and innovative approach to your learning and clinical practice.

You will learn from healthcare professionals and industry partners who are working at the forefront of practice and clinical research and can draw on their scholarship and expertise to help you build your knowledge.

If you choose to study the MRes qualification, the 25-week lab-based research project will provide excellent practical training in a number of research methods and techniques.

Coursework and assessment

We use a large variety of assessment methods including written assignments, workshops, tutorials, oral presentations, written exams and MCQ.

Course unit details

The course units are split into three categories; core, elective core and optional.

Master's students must complete all the core units, three of four elective core units, and optional units to attain 180 credits (two for full-time students, four for part-time students). In addition, master's students will undertake a project as either a 60 credit bioinformatics-based project for full-time students, or a 30 credit literature review for part-time students.

PGDip and PGCert students must complete two core units (Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Bioinformatics, Interpretation, Statistics and Data Quality Assurance) and choose any other 15 credit unit to achieve the required number of credits (120 credits for PGDip and 60 credits for PGCert).

MRes students must complete 4 taught 15 credit units (including Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Bioinformatics, Interpretation, Statistics and Data Quality Assurance) before the end of January. They will also undertake a literature review and a research proposal (project 1) before going on to start their six-month practical research project in February. MRes students are strongly encouraged to suggest an area of research they would like to work on or identify an investigator whose lab they would like to work in so a suitable project can be devised prior to their arrival. However, we can also supply some project options to choose from if required.

Core units: Bioinformatics, Interpretation, Statistics and Data Quality Assurance; Fundamentals of Human Genetics; Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine; Project (30 or 60 credit).

Elective core units: Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease; Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases; Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening, and Treatment; Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare.

Optional units: Counselling Skills for Genomics; Disease Modelling and Genome Engineering; Economics of Genomics and Precision Medicine; Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Applied Genomics; Health Informatics; Negotiated Work-Based Learning.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare BIOL67481 15 Mandatory
Molecular Pathology of Cancer BIOL67482 15 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Human Genetics BIOL67561 15 Mandatory
Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases BIOL67582 15 Mandatory
Research Project MSc Genomic Medicine BIOL67980 60 Mandatory
Bioinformatics, Interpretation, Statistics and Data Quality Assurance BIOL67981 15 Mandatory
Health Informatics BIOL67361 15 Optional
Economics of Genomics and Precision Medicine BIOL67372 15 Optional
Research Project MSc Genomic Medicine BIOL67380 30 Optional
Counselling Skills for Genomics BIOL67381 15 Optional
Ethical, Legal and Social issues in applied Genomics BIOL67382 15 Optional
Next Generation Sequencing and Omics in Medicine and Disease BIOL67562 15 Optional
Disease Modelling and Genome Engineering BIOL67672 15 Optional
Application of Genomics in Infectious Diseases BIOL67982 15 Optional
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Course collaborators

We collaborate with the following organisations to deliver this MSc:

What our students say

So far, I have completed four modules on Bioinformatics, Human Genetics, Pharmacogenomics and Genetic Counselling. I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed each of these and they have opened my eyes to the potential transformation of healthcare in the NHS through genomic medicine.

Bradley Horn, Genetic Technologist

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

We offer all of the taught units from this MSc as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please visit the Genomic Medicine (CPD units) page for further information.

Careers

Career opportunities

Our course is designed to support and upskill healthcare professionals working in the NHS in areas where genomic medicine is becoming part of clinical practice.

Our science graduates have gone on to apply their new knowledge and skills in genetic service labs in the NHS or their home country's health systems, gained employment in commercial companies that develop and supply genetic testing kits, undertaken further study in the NHS Scientist Training Programmes for Genomic Counselling and Genomics, or have continued their research to pursue a PhD in the field.

Accrediting organisations

This course is accredited by Health Education England.