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MSc Genomic Medicine

Genomic technologies are transforming healthcare and our flexible programme will ensure you are at the forefront of this rapidly evolving field.

Our leading experts will provide you with a comprehensive perspective on genomics applied to clinical practice and medical research, with a particular emphasis on genomic testing in the UK NHS.

***Our programmes are closed for applications for the year 2019-20 but we are open for applications for 2020-21 so please select this year when making your application. We are still open to applications for single modules for 2019-20***

Introducing your course

Southampton’s full-time or part-time MSc Genomic Medicine programme explores the genomics and informatics of rare and common diseases, cancer and infectious diseases, and the application of these for diagnostics, prognostics and stratified medicine.

Our programme is suitable for science graduates seeking to apply genomics to their future careers, and for health professionals from medicine, nursing, public health and clinical sciences.

Our flexible postgraduate course offers you the option of tailoring your learning to suit your needs and career aspirations. You can choose from studying single modules, a PG Certificate, a PG Diploma or the full MSc, and we have full-time and part-time study options.

It will equip you with the skills to improve diagnosis and personalised treatment, as well as how to disseminate this knowledge to your peers, patients and the public.

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After completing my MSc in Genomic Medicine at Southampton I have increased my breadth and depth of knowledge and it helped me to realise how other disciplines are also using genomics to improve patient care.
Stacey Daniels, MSc Genomic Medicine, 2017
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Our MSc Genomic Medicine programme is based at one of the country’s leading teaching hospitals – University Hospital Southampton – and is taught by field-leading experts from across the University, including bioinformaticians, clinical geneticists and experimental researchers.

View entry requirements             

View programme specifications: 

View the MSc programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the PG Cert programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the PG Dip programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the MSc programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

View the PG Cert programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

View the PG Dip programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

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To Apply

Applications for the MSc, PG Diploma and PG Certificate in Genomic Medicine, and single modules are considered throughout the year. Places are limited, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and ALL applications must be received no later than four weeks before the start of the module/programme. In addition, you must supply all the required supporting documentation two weeks prior to starting your module/programme.

Programme Structure

Southampton’s MSc Genomic Medicine is a flexible, multidisciplinary masters programme giving you the choice of studying full time for one year, or completing the course in two to five years on a part-time basis

You don’t have to commit to the full MSc from the beginning. You can start by taking a single module and then upgrade to the Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) or MSc in Genomic Medicine. 

For the full MSc, you will take seven core taught modules and have the opportunity to choose one relevant optional module from across the University. At the end of your MSc, you will complete a Research Dissertation Project and may get the opportunity to complete this alongside Medicine’s world-leading researchers. 

The PG Dip consists of two core taught modules along with six optional modules, while the PG Cert consists of two core taught modules and two optional modules.

Find out what our students have to say about their experiences

Key Facts

  • Benefit from our strong links with the NHS in teaching hospitals and in the community
  • Be taught by field-leading experts in Genomic Medicine
  • Based at a leading UK teaching hospital – University Hospital Southampton
  • Our flexible programme can be studied alongside other commitments and caters for students from all over the UK and beyond

Programme Leader

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Intake: 40 students per academic year.

The normal requirement for entry is a good first degree (lower second class), or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, in a health, or health-related field. Students must be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic principles of genetics.

If you do not have a good first degree you will be expected to provide evidence that you are able to study at Masters Level, normally: (i) a relevant professional qualification at a suitable level, (ii) several years' relevant post-qualifying professional experience, at least some of which must be at a responsible level, or (iii) completion of at least three years of an undergraduate medical degree.

The programme is also open to undergraduate medical students who wish to intercalate during their medical studies, who must have successfully completed at least three years of their medical degree and achieved 60% or above in all their Year 3 assessments.

As part of the application process, candidates are asked to write a personal statement to explain their motivation for wishing to take the course and to indicate their future career plans. Candidates will also be required to submit one reference, and their degree transcript and certificate.

English language requirements

Competency in English is essential as the course if taught entirely in English. Students who do not have a degree from an approved University that has been taught and assessed in English, or who are from a country that is not on the list of those exempt from testing, required a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall. We accept a range of Secure English Language Tests. Those for whom English is not their first language are asked to indicate what level of English they have attained.

Application process

For applicants who wish to study stand-alone modules, please contact the Admissions Office PGTApply.fm@southampton.ac.uk.

Our programmes and modules are proving incredibly popular, please therefore be aware that the submission of an application is not a guarantee of a place.

Informal enquiries may be directed at any time to genomicmedicine@soton.ac.uk.

International students

Medicine's International Student Advisor is available to assist and support students both before arriving in Southampton and during their studies here. Information on medical care, accommodation, English language support, settling in, and postgraduate life in the UK can also be found on our website.

Visa information for full time students can be found on this website. For the part time MSc Genomic Medicine course our students are only eligible to apply for entry to the UK as a visiting student. Visiting student visas are issued for up to 6 months at a time. For further information about applying for a student visitor visa please contact visas@soton.ac.uk.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics (module one), and Omic Techniques and their application to Genomic Medicine (module two) are the background to all further studies and give a comprehensive scientific and clinical foundation to the normal structure of the genome, its alterations in disease, the current and emerging technologies in medical genomics and the NHS structures in which they are employed.

Our core modules include:

Each module will comprise two groups of two days' intensive face-to-face teaching, each followed by two to four weeks for independent study and assessment tasks.

Optional

Students have the opportunity to undertake any 7.5 or 10 ECTS module from across the university as their optional module, subject to approval by the Programme Lead and provided it is relevant to the MSc Genomic Medicine.

For the full MSC the 30-ECTS research project and core modules would be accompanied by one optional module, while the 15-ECTS research project and core modules would be accompanied by three optional modules.

The optional modules available include:

Modules and dates

ModuleDescriptionDates
  Induction day 7-Oct-19
  Skills workshop

8-Oct-19

MEDI6119 Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics 9-10, 23-24 Oct 2019
MEDI6131 Omics techniques and their application to Genomic Medicine 4-5; 18-19 Nov 2019
MEDI6125 Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases 25-26 Nov; 9-10 Dec 2019
MEDI6123 Counselling Skills for Genomics 6-7 Jan; 17-18 Feb 2020
MEDI6129  Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment 13-14 Jan; 3-4 Feb 2020
MEDI6215 Bioinformatics, Interpretation and Data Quality Assurance in Genome Analysis 10-11; 24-25 Feb 2020
MEDI6128 Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Medicine 2-3; 16-17 Mar 2020
MEDI6120 Workbased Learning 4 Mar 2020
MEDI6230 Advanced Bioinformatics 20-21 Apr; 5-6 May 2020
MEDI6127 Applications of Genomics in Infectious Disease 27-28 Apr; 11-12 May 2020

 

Module leads

ModuleModule lead
MEDI6119 Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics Prof Deborah Mackay
MEDI6125 Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases Dr Reuben Pengelly
MEDI6129 Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment Prof Jon Strefford
MEDI6128 Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare Prof Nicholas Cross
MEDI6127 Applications of Genomics in Infectious Disease Dr Stuart Clarke
MEDI6215 Bioinformatics, Interpretation and Data Quality Assurance in Genome Analysis Dr William Tapper
MEDI6216 Genomic Medicine Dissertation Dr Gabrielle Wheway
MEDI6217 Genomic Medicine Independent Literature Review Dr Gabrielle Wheway
MEDI6123 Counselling Skills for Genomics Dr Gillian Crawford
MEDI6120 Workplace- Based Learning Prof Diana Baralle
MEDI6230 Advanced Bioinformatics Dr William Tapper

Year 1

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MEDI6119Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI6131Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
MEDI6216Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
MEDI6217Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI6120Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI6123Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEYY20 - Elective Modules for Masters (20 credits)

MEDI6216Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
MEDI6217Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MEDI6215Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI6127Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI6128Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI6129Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI6215Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
MEDI6216Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
MEDI6217Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI6082Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
MEDI6120Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI6218Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
MEDI6230Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEYY20 - Elective Modules for Masters (20 credits)

MEDI6216Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
MEDI6217Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Genomic MedicineMSc2020Full-time£9,250£18,812
Genomic Medicine (fees charged in years 1 and 2 only)MSc 2020Part-time£4,625£9,406
Genomic MedicinePGDip 2020Full-time£6,166£12,541
Genomic Medicine (fees charged in years 1 and 2 only)PGDip 2020Part-time£3,083£6,270
Genomic MedicinePGCert2020Full-time£3,083£6,270
Genomic Medicine (fees charged in years 1 and 2 only)PGCert 2020Part-time£1,542£3,135
View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

List of additional costs for this course
TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted online. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit online and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 – 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour). A3 – 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour). Details about printing costs for academic posters can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page£0.05-0.50

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570. This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT: Hardware Across all campuses and most halls of residence approximately 1700 computer workstations are available. Students may wish to purchase their own desktop/laptop/tablet computer to support their studies. This is entirely optional.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

The programme has a modular structure and uses blended learning formats, delivered flexibly in full-time or part-time options, or as individual or grouped modules, to facilitate access from as wide as possible a range of backgrounds.

The progress of students will be assessed by a variety of tasks designed to reflect the learning outcomes of different modules; play to the varying strengths of the student cohort; and make their learning 'fit for purpose'. 

Assessments will include short and extended assignments, multi-choice and short-answer questions, oral and poster presentations, research proposals, virtual patient tasks, written exams, and analytical manipulations of genomic datasets.

NB. Students taking modules assessed by written exams will be required to return to the University for an additional examination day.

 

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