MSc Genomic Medicine

General

Program Description

As a rapidly emerging and constantly evolving medical discipline, genomic medicine has exciting implications for every area of healthcare, drug discovery and patient treatment. The potential of genomics in 21st-century medicine is enormous but requires highly trained specialists to implement and be responsive to these developments.

This course provides you with the skills and knowledge to take immediate advantage of the use of genomic technologies. Preparing you for this exciting new frontier of medicine, you’ll learn how recent technological advances have transformed how genetic data is generated, analyzed and presented and its relevance to a range of clinical scenarios.

As a jointly taught programme delivered by St George’s and King’s College London, students get the best of both worlds. Both institutions have been at the forefront of advances in genomics and medicine for decades and are co-located with leading teaching hospitals.

It means students benefit from the world-class research, clinical and teaching expertise and the sheer breadth of experience of both National Health Service (NHS) preferred providers.

Highlights

  • Taught jointly by St George’s and King'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
  • Both campuses are co-located with leading teaching hospitals
  • Institutional expertise in multi-professional education
  • St George’s scored 92% overall student satisfaction in Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2014
  • King’s clinical research ranked third in the UK, eleventh in the world
  • St George’s clinical research ranked 4th for impact
  • Both institutions are ranked among the top 200 universities in the world according to the recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Tuition Fees

2016 UK/EU Entry:

  • Full-time MSc: £12000
  • Part-time MSc: £6000 p.a.
  • Postgraduate Diploma: £8,000
  • Postgraduate Certificate: £4,000

2016 Non-EU (international):

  • Full-time MSc: £20,700
  • Postgraduate Diploma: £13,800
  • Postgraduate Certificate: £6,900

Entry criteria

You will need to meet the entry criteria to be considered for this course.

Undergraduate degree or equivalent*

*Must be completed, awarded and certified by 1 September 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 to pgadmiss@sgul.ac.uk. If your qualification is not in English, please arrange for it to be translated by a certified translator before sending it to us.

English language

If your native language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency. We also accept some qualifications such as the Indian Standard XII and West African SSCE.

If you do need to set an additional exam, English language tests are valid for only two years, as English language ability changes from year to year. If you've completed a test which is now considered out of date, you may be required to complete another, though applicants are only permitted a maximum of two test attempts within a one year period.

IELTS: Overall 7.0 with 6.5 in Listening, 6.5 in Reading, 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in Speaking. Pearson Test: Pearson (PTE Academic) Test overall 67 with 67 in Listening, 67 in Reading, 67 in Writing, 67 in Speaking. Cambridge English Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English): Cambridge English Advanced overall 185 with no less than 176 in each section. Cambridge English: Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English) Cambridge English: Proficiency overall 185 with no less than 176 in each section Other essential criteria

Personal statement

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

Reference

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.

Modules

This MSc award will consist of 8 core modules with a selection of optional modules.

Core 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 utilized to elucidate disease mechanisms and biology. It also covers information governance issues in genomics.

Introduction to human genetics and genomics is available to study as a standalone module. If you work in the NHS this module is available, fully funded by HEE as part of your 'Workforce Development'. View the module guide here

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 tumor 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, analyze and interpret NHS data using a basic range of statistical and bioinformatics techniques.

Bioinformatics, interpretation, statistics, and data quality assurance is available to study as a standalone module. If you work in the NHS this module is available, fully funded by HEE as part of your 'Workforce Development'.

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 fulfill the requirements of 180 credits for the MSc degree.

Optional modules

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

This module aims to provide a framework for an 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 counseling skills and appropriate attitudes and behaviors towards the diagnosis and management of patients whose care will be influenced by genomic investigations.

Counselling skills in genomics are available to study as a standalone module. If you work in the NHS this module is available, fully funded by HEE as part of your 'Workforce Development'. View the module guide here 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 etiology of these conditions is having on management.

Cardiovascular genetics and genomics are available to study as a standalone module.

Careers

This course is designed for students who wish to acquire training in genomic technologies and the interpretation of their findings within a medical context.

An MSc in Genomic Medicine will provide career opportunities for a range of professions from laboratory-based researchers to diagnostic and healthcare professionals.

Last updated Mar 2020

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Welcome to St George’s, University of London, the UK’s only independent medical and healthcare higher education institution. St George’s is a modern, innovative academic and research organisation built upon a rich history stretching back 250 years. Alumni include John Hunter, known as the father of modern surgery, and Edward Jenner, creator of the first vaccine, used to eradicate smallpox. Read less