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 nowledge 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.
Our intensive, condensed modules allow you to attend in person in blocks of 2-3 days, with self-study between modules supported through our online learning environment.
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 one of the world’s top 500 supercomputers, 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 intercalation degree for undergraduate medical students. Intercalation means that you'll take a year out of your undergraduate medicine degree to gain this extra award.
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 https://www.southampton.ac.uk/medicine/postgraduate/continuing-professional-dev…
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
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.”
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You need at least a 2:2 degree in a subject such as:
- life sciences
- computer science
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
You must also demonstrable an understanding of the basic principles of genetics.
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need an overall score of 7.0 and the following scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking:
IELTS score requirements
We accept other English language tests. Find out which English language tests we accept.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000
COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
“The course is designed to be very flexible, which was helpful in allowing me to fit studying in around my job.” Dr Rachel Horton, MSc Genomic Medicine 2018
Your studies will run for a full year, from September through to the following September.
The master's in genomics takes a blended learning approach. Modules are typically taught in intensive blocks of 2 to 3 days. This makes it possible to study alongside your other commitments.
Between these blocks of on-site teaching, you’ll engage in online discussions and seminars to support your independent learning; these take place through our online learning environment, fully supported by the academic team.
Your module choices will vary depending on which pathway you choose, but there are some everyone will need to study across all pathways.
- Principles of Genetics and Genomics
- Genomic Technologies and Basic Informatics
- Interpretation of Genomics in Clinical Practice
- Dissertation module
Some of our pathways also have extra module requirements, including:
- Genomic Informatics - you'll study the Advanced Genomic Informatics module. If you do not have demonstrable knowledge of programming, one of your optional choices will need to be a programming module.
- Genomic Medicine - you'll study the Genomics Guided Treatment module.
- Genomics - there are no additional modules you must study, instead you'll select an extra optional module to make up the required credits.
Each of these modules are also available as optional choices on the other pathways. You'll still need demonstrable programming knowledge for the Advanced Genomic Informatics module.
Over the last summer term, you’ll complete a dissertation on an area of genomics of interest to you. This can be a research project, or it can be based on your professional practice.
For the dates each module is being taught in 2020/21 please see Medicine CPD module listing.
The information on this page refers to the full-time course. Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The modules listed below currently include all modules, for all Genomics pathways. Your module choices, and what you must study, will vary depending on the specific pathway you choose.
Download the programme specification in the about this course section for full details.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
Year 1 modules
You must study the following modules:
You must also choose from the following modules:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This is a modular, blended master's in genomics, and will use both on-site teaching and periods of distance learning. You'll be supported by our extensive e-learning resource throughout.
Understanding research methods and translating them to patient care runs through interactive tutorials and group work, observation of research teams and critiques of current research.
We take an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together expertise from across the University. You’ll be taught by experts in genomics, computing, maths and biological sciences, as well as your tutors from medicine.
Your exact learning activities will depend on the modules you take. As well as lectures and tutorials you'll learn through:
- practical demonstrations
- interpretation of data
- clinical scenarios
- specialist lectures given by a range of experts
You’ll be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent learning.
Again your assessment will depend on the modules that you take, but assessment methods include:
- scenario-based exercises
- written exams and assignments
- case reports and data analysis
- oral presentations
- project proposals
Your dissertation can be either a research or a professional project. You’ll need to complete a 6,000-word report and present a summary to an audience.
You'll be supported by a personal academic tutor and have access to a senior tutor.
When you write your dissertation you’ll be supported by a primary supervisor on a one-to-one basis.
“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, MSc Genomic Medicine 2019
‘Genomics is a fast-growing and highly dynamic global industry and the UK is in a strong position internationally’ (Genomics in the UK Report, 2015).
Genomics is an area of rapid change, with a particular skills shortage in the area of bioinformatics, an area you can specialise in through this MSc.
Our Graduates have gone onto a wide range of careers and genomic medicine jobs within the sector, including:
- graduate entry medicine
- NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) in Cancer Genomics
- NHS research facilitator
- PhD study
- medical science liaison officer (pharmaceutical company)
- training programme director (pharmacy, Health Education England)
- research manager (university)
As well as gaining practical skills to improve your professional practice you’ll gain many transferable skills, including:
- empathy and communication skills
- presentation skills
- academic writing
- an ability to integrate research evidence into all aspects of decision making
- the ability to apply knowledge, analytical and critical thinking skills to make sound judgements
- leadership skills, developing your ability to train others
Our dedicated genomics career workshop will help you decide which direction you'd like to take your career. This will also help you to tailor your CV to stand-out in the genomic medicine jobs market.
“I was really honoured that my MSc in Genomic Medicine led to a research project in leukaemia genetics at Salisbury District Hospital.” Ahmed Dawoud 2017
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a thriving entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK students pay £9,250.
- EU and international students pay £20,693.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and any exams.
Find out how to:
Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
International Postgraduate Taught Merit Scholarship
You are eligible for this scholarship if you:
are an international student who hasn’t taken a master's with us before
are enrolling to start a master's in September 2020
gained a 1st class honours degree at undergraduate level
If you meet these criteria you’ll be awarded an automatic £3,000 scholarship. This will mean a £3,000 reduction in your tuition fees. We’ll confirm your scholarship in your offer letter.
Unfortunately this offer isn’t open to UK / EU students.
Other postgraduate funding options
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
Funding for EU and international students
Find out about funding you could get as an international student.
How to apply
- Use the 'apply for this course' button on this page to take you to our online application form.
- Search for the course you want to apply for.
- Complete the application form and upload any supporting documents.
- Submit your application.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least 2 weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
Single module (CPD) applications
To apply for a single module (CPD), you'll need to fill in a physical application form that you can download from our continuing professional development pages.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
You may also be asked to provide:
- a degree transcript
- evidence of professional qualifications
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We'll assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000