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MSc Genomic Medicine at The University of Manchester
MSc Genomic Medicine
The MSc/MRes courses are aimed at healthcare professionals and science graduates working in areas where genomic medicine is part of clinical practice.

MSc Genomic Medicine / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

Karla Alejandra Ruiz Ceja - MSc Genomic Medicine

"I wanted to study genomic medicine at Manchester because the University offers many research opportunities.

"The MSc has helped me to develop professionally in fields like bioinformatics and rare diseases, as it is taught by experts. I can also participate in many other opportunities in a hospital setting."

Karla Alejandra Ruiz Ceja / MSc Genomic Medicine
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.

In addition to being targeted to NHS healthcare professionals this course is also ideally suited to science graduates wanting to further their specialist knowledge in human genomics.

NHS professionals will learn how genomics impact on their area of clinical practice and how they can apply their new knowledge in their workplace. The training and knowledge science graduates will gain will be an advantage to securing employment in the healthcare sector (eg as a biomedical scientist or in genomic counselling).

If you choose the MRes pathway you will undertake a 25 week lab research project that will provide excellent experience allowing you to pursue a PhD in the field.

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.

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.

MRes students will undertake a literature review and a research proposal (project 1) before going on to complete their six-month practical research project.


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

We will provide consistent up-to-date 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 also aims to equip science graduates with the skills and knowledge to secure employment in the healthcare sector 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.

For a master's the project (one of the core units) is undertaken as either a 60 credit bioinformatics-based project for full-time students, or a 30 credit literature review for part-time students.

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).

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).

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 Genomic BIOL67381 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
Negotiated Work Based Learning - Genomics BIOL67992 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

Several units from this MSc can be taken as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please visit the Genomic Medicine (CPD units) page for further information.