MSc Medical Genetics and Genomics

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Program Description

MSc Medical Genetics and Genomics

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

The advent of affordable rapid genome sequencing will produce enormous amounts of genetic data on both individuals and populations, and the challenge for scientists is to unlock the potential of this ‘big data’. Doing so requires a new generation of scientists who can combine genetics and bioinformatics to understand how genomic changes cause diseases such as cancer, thus enabling the development of novel treatments, through drugs and gene therapy, and prevention strategies. With the huge expansion in number of individual genomes being sequenced, this is one of the fastest growing areas of biomedical science as we embrace the era of personalised medicine.

Why choose this course?

  • This is a 12 month full-time course, with part-time places available.
  • Aimed at graduates (UK/ EU, International) wishing to develop skills and knowledge in human genetics and genome analysis for employment in the medical biotechnology/pharma and genomics sector, and those wishing to go on to do research degrees.
  • This course will prepare you for entry into a career in medical genetics and genomics.
  • Our lecturers conduct first-class research, with over 95% of Biological Science research internationally recognised in the 2014 REF.
  • You will be taught by Oxford Brookes staff, with specialist lectures provided by staff of other partners in the Oxford Academic Health Sciences Centre, and will have a range of project opportunities using human genome data.
  • The Faculty will invest over £8M in Bioscience facilities from 2015, with funding from HEFCE.
  • Projects may be linked to specific needs and interests in the work-place, at Brookes or within other genomic laboratories under Brookes supervision. We also have strong links with local industry.
  • We develop your transferable skills, particularly communication, organisation and research planning, which will assist you when carrying out your research project and can provide a basis for application for a research degree or career in genomics research.

Key Facts

Course length

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: up to 36 months for all awards.

Teaching location

Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane

Start date

September 2015

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This school offers programs in:
  • English


You will develop the in-depth knowledge and specialised skills required to apply genetics and genomics theory to practical problems in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries, and to undertake research in genetics and genome analysis.

Students will acquire knowledge and skills for employment or PhD positions in the expanding fields of genomics, bioinformatics, or other medically-related research, and academia.

During the course of this programme you will develop a network of colleagues and experts from this field.


  • Research Degree/ PhD
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Biomedical Industry
  • NHS Scientist
  • Medical Research
  • Academia

Cost & Fees

  • Home / EU full-time on-campus fee: £6,940
  • Home / EU part-time on-campus fee: £3,540
  • International full-time on-campus fee: £13,830

Entry Requirements

  • You should normally hold a UK honours degree at 2.2. or above in the Life Sciences field, OR equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution in Life Sciences.
  • Other qualifications may be considered when accompanied by relevant professional experience.
  • You will need to be proficient in the use of internet-based resources and other interactive technologies. You should have reliable and stable access to the Internet.
Duration & Price
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12 - 36 months
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6,940 GBP
United Kingdom - Oxford, England
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