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Genomics (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
University Hospital Southampton and Highfield
Next course starts
September 2023

About this course

Learn how to harness recent unprecedented advances in genomic technologies to improve patient outcomes on this master's in genomics. You’ll gain experience of exploring and applying data gained through sampling, sequencing and interpreting genomic information in both clinical and academic research.

We look at Genomics in the context of its application to clinical practice and to medical and academic research. This MSc in genomics is, therefore, suitable for health professionals from different professional backgrounds, including medicine, nursing, public health, science and technology.

You’ll be able to tailor your learning to your professional needs.

Your genomics pathway options are:

  • MSc Genomics - choose from a wide range of optional modules to enhance your core genomics learning on this flexible pathway.
  • MSc Genomic Informatics - you’ll develop specialist knowledge of genomics informatics, the science of problem-solving using data, and will be able to choose to study topics such as programming and machine learning.
  • MSc Genomic Medicine - you’ll study the impact of genomics in medicine, with core learning in genomics guided treatment and focus on the treatment of common and rare diseases.

We offer specialist modules focusing on:

  • data analysis and interpretation – genomic informatics
  • genetic counselling skills
  • precision medicine – genomics guided treatment
  • the clinical interpretation of genomic information

Genomics medicine and bioinformatics are specialist research areas of the University. You’ll benefit from our work with the Wessex Regional Genetics Service and the Wessex Regional Genetics Laboratory.

We’re home to the UK’s first dedicated Cancer Immunology Centre. This centre is at the large teaching hospital where you’ll be based, Southampton General Hospital. The University also boasts a world-leading supercomputer facility, Iridis 5.

During your research project, you’ll work alongside our research groups. You’ll be able to contribute to the development of genomics with the very real possibility of your research being published.

This course is available to take as an intercalated degree for undergraduate medical students. Intercalation means that you'll take a year out of your undergraduate medicine degree to gain this extra award.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

You can also take a single module as part of continuing professional development (CPD). Explore modules that are available as CPD

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

Course lead

The leader of this course is Dr Reuben Pengelly. He has a broad range of research interests including; cancer, linkage disequilibrium, molecular dynamics, and rare disease. Alongside research, Reuben is heavily involved in education within the Faculty of Medicine, teaching on all BM programmes.

View Reuben's staff profile for more information.


“The high-quality teaching and hands-on workshops gave me so much confidence. It was inspiring to see the wide-reaching applications of genomic medicine from research, to patient care and public health.”
Lissie Rolf, 2019 graduate
“There is currently rapid growth in studies with a genetic focus and I have been able to use my new knowledge of the application of genomics in healthcare in my research roles and clinical trials.”
Maria Lane, 2019 graduate

My MSc Genomics experience

Dr Tchuisseu Kwangoua Larissa Ange talks talk about her experience of studying the MSc Genomics at the University of Southampton.

Course locations

This course is based at University Hospital Southampton and Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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