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MSc Genomic Medicine

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
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 Tuition fee

21750 GBP
12000 GBP
12000 GBP

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Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

This exciting new course follows a curriculum designed by Health Education England and is suitable for healthcare professionals and other students with an interest in Genomic Medicine. It is aligned with the 100,000 genomes project led by Genomics England and NHS England which intends to transform the use of genomic medicine in the NHS.  As a jointly taught programme delivered by both King’s and St George’s, University of London, students will benefit from the breadth of expertise provided by both institutions including their membership of the South London NHS Genome Medicine Centre.

Key Benefits

  • Jointly taught by King’s and St George’s
  • Institutions with world-class research, clinical and teaching expertise across the full spectrum of Genomic Medicine
  • Integrated within the South London Genomic Medicine Centre
  • King’s ranked 1st in the UK for Clinical Medicine (REF 2014, proportion of overall submission that was ranked 4* or 3*)
  • King’s ranked 11th in the world for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014/15)
  • Both campuses are co-located with leading teaching hospitals
  • Institutional expertise in multi-professional education
  • King’s ranked 16 in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15

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Eligibility Criteria

Undergraduate degree or equivalent*

Applicants should normally have, or be expected to achieve, a minimum second class degree (2:2) in a subject which offers an appropriate grounding in science, healthcare or genetics (or an equivalent overseas qualification).

*Must be completed, awarded and certified by 1 August 2016.

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries. If you would like an admissions officer to review your qualification, please send a copy of it [email protected] If your qualification is not in English, please arrange for it to be translated by a certified translator before sending it to us.

Non-standard applications

Alternative professional qualifications may be considered. Non-standard candidates may be required to submit supplementary details and/or attend interviews or selection days. Students attending interviews will be asked in advance if they have specific requirements so that reasonable adjustments can be made. Given that some of the candidates may have employment commitments, interviews may also be arranged and conducted via Skype.

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Course Modules

Core programme content

7 core 15 credit modules
30 or 60 credit research project
3 optional 15 credit modules

Introduction to human genetics and genomics (15 credits)

This module provides an introduction to the key areas of genomics, human genetics and genetic variation, including an understanding of disease genetics and how genomic medicine can be utilised to elucidate disease mechanisms and biology. It also covers information governance issues in genomics.

Omics techniques and their application to genomic medicine (15 credits)

This module covers the range of multi-omics technologies, their interpretation and application in key areas of healthcare such as cancer, rare inherited diseases and infectious diseases, as well as research.

Genomics of common and rare inherited diseases (15 credits)

This module provides an introduction to the clinical presentation and manifestations of rare inherited and common diseases, and considers the patient and family perspective with respect to the role and impact of genomics. It reviews traditional and current strategies and techniques used to identify genes responsible for both common multifactorial and rare inherited diseases.

Genomics in cancer pathology (15 credits)

This module provides detailed knowledge and understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in cancer development, including how interrogation of a person’s own genome and the genome of tumour cells can facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Pharmacogenomics and stratified healthcare (15 credits)

This module provides a comprehensive overview of the analytical strategies and techniques used in pharmacogenomics and explores some of the challenges and limitations in this field. It also provides an overview of the different type of genomic biomarkers currently in use or emerging.

Application of genomics in infectious disease (15 credits)

This module shows how genomics can be used to provide more accurate diagnosis, predict which drugs are likely to be more effective, and monitor treatment and control of infectious disease in both individuals and populations.

Bioinformatics, interpretation, statistics and data quality assurance (15 credits)

This module provides the knowledge and understanding required to critically interpret existing genomic research, and develop the skills to formulate research questions. It also provides the skills to collect, analyse and interpret NHS data using a basic range of statistical and bioinformatics techniques.

60 Credit Research project or 30 Credit library-based dissertation

The research module can be approached by two different routes depending on student preference: a full research project of 60 credits or a literature review dissertation of 30 credits. If the latter is chosen, additional optional modules must be undertaken to fulfil the requirements of 180 credits for the MSc degree.

Indicative non-core contentStudents will also have the option to study:

Ethical, legal and social issues in applied genomics (15 credits)

This module aims to provide a framework for ethical understanding of medical genomics. Students will be provided with a platform of ethical understanding from which to consider issues of human confidentiality, autonomy, disclosure, informed consent and natural justice.

Counselling skills in genomics (15 credits)

The aim of this module is to equip students with the knowledge, communication and counselling skills and appropriate attitudes and behaviours towards the diagnosis and management of patients whose care will be influenced by genomic investigations.

Cardiovascular genetics and genomics (15 credits)

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the role of genomics in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease, both in terms of common and rare disease, and will discuss the impact our growing knowledge of the genomic aetiology of these conditions is having on management.

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How to Apply

Applying Procedure

Personal statement

You will be asked to outline your reasons for applying for the course in a brief personal statement on the application form.


You must also provide two satisfactory references to support your application, both dated within the last year (from date of application). Typically the referees would be academic and professional/employer.

Your referees should know you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. We do not accept references from family, friends, partners, ex-partners or from yourself.

References must be submitted using the Reference Request Form within two weeks of making an application to enrol on this course. References should cover your suitability for the course and your ability to engage in academic processes according to the guidance and questions included on the form.

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