Genomics (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:2 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
University Hospital Southampton and Highfield
Next course starts
September 2024

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 medicine. This MSc is suitable for those with an interest in genomics research in academia, healthcare or industry. It's also ideal if you want to incorporate genomics into your professional practice in healthcare roles. Our students come from varied backgrounds such as life sciences, computer sciences and healthcare.

You’ll be able to tailor your learning to meet your professional goals.

Your pathway options are:

  • MSc Genomics - choose from a wide range of optional modules to enhance your core genomics learning on this flexible pathway.
  • MSc Genomics (Informatics) - you’ll develop specialist knowledge of genomics informatics, the science of problem-solving using data, and choose from topics such as programming and machine learning.
  • MSc Genomics (Medicine) - you’ll study the impact of genomics in medicine, with core learning in stratified medicine and how genomics influences patient care.

Genomic medicine and bioinformatics are specialist research areas of the University. You’ll benefit from our close work with colleagues in local NHS departments, such as Wessex Clinical Genetics Service and genomic testing laboratories.

We have world-class research facilities, including the UK’s first dedicated Cancer Immunology Centre, and a leading supercomputer facility, Iridis 5.

During your research project, you’ll work alongside our research groups to contribute to the development of genomics, with many of our students publishing their work.

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.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course lead

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

You can get in touch with our team by emailing

“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 are opportunities to learn essential clinical, medical and bioinformatic genomics-related skills throughout the course, and teaching is delivered by lecturers genuinely interested in your progression, producing the next generation of scientists in a rapidly growing field.”
Ollie Young, 2023 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.

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