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MSc Genomics

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

“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, MSc Genomic Medicine 2019

Introducing your course

Southampton’s full-time or part-time MSc Genomics 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.

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

The course is flexible, both in how you study and what you study. You’ll be able to tailor your learning to your professional needs. 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.


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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

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 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 through 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.

View entry requirements             

View programme specifications: 

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

Follow our latest activities on our Twitter handle; @mscgenomics

To Apply

Application deadlines

UK students

Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.

International students

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.

Intercalation applications

You can take this course as an intercalated year whilst studying undergraduate medicine. If you’re an internal applicant you must have successfully completed at least three years of your medical degree and achieved 60% or above in all your third year assessments.

If you’re an external applicant and need to intercalate in a different study year please contact us.

To apply for this course as intercalation please contact us:

Phone: +44(0)23 8059 1364

Supporting documentation

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 professional role
  • your demonstrable knowledge of the subject area
  • why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
  • how you intend to use your qualification

Two academic references are also required.

Please ensure you include the required paperwork evidencing 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:

  • degree transcript
  • evidence of professional qualifications

Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.

Programme Structure

“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. This course does not follow the normal University semester / vacation timetable.

If you’d like to take longer to complete this master’s you can study part-time over 2 to 5 years.

The course 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.

Don’t worry if it’s a while since you were studying. We start with a study skills workshop that will help you bring your study skills up to speed.

We take an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together expertise from across the University. You’ll be taught by experts in computing, maths and biological sciences, as well as your tutors from medicine.

Not ready for the full MSc?

We recognise that you’re busy and that it may be difficult to see where you can fit extra study in. Consequently, we offer a flexible approach.

If you don’t yet feel able to commit to the full MSc there are other options that allow you to build up slowly:

  • Take a single module. Most of our modules are available to be taken singly as continuing professional development (CPD). If you take a module as an assessed CPD module it will count towards the MSc if you wish to progress. Explore Medicine’s CPD modules

What you'll study

Please note: This MSc now has 3 specialist pathways for you to choose from:

  • MSc Genomics
  • MSc Genomics (Medicine)
  • MSc Genomics (Informatics)

If you have questions about how the course may change please don’t hesitate to contact us: email:

For your information the current course structure is detailed below and in the modules section.

For the full MSc you must complete and pass 7 core modules:

These give you a strong scientific and clinical foundation. You’ll explore:

  • the normal structure of the genome
  • genomic alterations in disease
  • bioinformatics
  • current and emerging technologies in medical genomics
  • NHS structures in which genomic technologies are employed

Further optional modules enable you to tailor your learning to your professional interests. Optional modules include:

  • genetic counselling skills
  • advanced bioinformatics
  • genomics guided treatment
  • a module from anywhere in the University, subject to the approval of the course leader

Over the 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.

Programme Leader

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Intake: 40 students per academic year.

You need at least a 2:2 BSc in a Life Sciences, Computer Science, Medicine/Nursing and any similar subject broadly relevant. There is also a requirement for a demonstrable understanding of basic principles of genetics.

Find the equivalent international qualifications for our entry requirements.

If you don't have the right qualifications

If you're an international student and don't have the right qualifications to go straight onto this master's, you might be able to take a a pre-master's course, which will:

  • give you a direct route onto this master's course
  • improve your subject knowledge
  • develop your English language skills

Find out more about our premaster's programmes.

Recognition of professional experience

If don’t have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.

Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.


If you’re an internal applicant you must have successfully completed at least three years of your medical degree and achieved 60% or above in all your third year assessments.

If you're an external applicant please contact us.

Tel: +44(0)23 8059 1364

English language requirements

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.

IELTS score requirements

reading overall 7 with a minimum of 6
writing overall 7 with a minimum of 6
speaking overall 7 with a minimum of 6
listening overall 7 with a minimum of 6

 We accept other English language tests, find out which English language tests we accept.

Got a question?

If you're not sure that you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course please contact our enquiries team; we're very happy to help.

Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000

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

Typical course content

For a copy of the module profile please email

Module codeModule Title
MEDI6234 Genomics Guided Treatment
MEDI6235 Advanced Genomic Informatics
MEDI6236 Counselling skills in genomics for health care professionals
MEDI6237 Genomic Technologies and Basic Informatics
MEDI6238 Genomics Dissertation
MEDI6239 Interpretation of Genomics in Clinical Practice
MEDI6240 Principles of Genetics & Genomics

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
Genomic Medicine single modules7.5 ECTS2019N/A£771£1509
View the full list of course fees


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.

Explore funding opportunities

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
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:£0.05-0.50

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

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


This is a modular, blended course 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 is threaded right through the course through interactive tutorials and group work, observation of research teams and critiques of current research.

Your exact learning activities will depend on the modules you take. As well as lectures and tutorials highlights may include:

  • seminars
  • practical demonstrations
  • interpretation of data
  • clinical scenarios
  • specialist lectures given by a range of academic and health care professionals

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 may include:

  • scenario based exercises
  • written assignments
  • case reports
  • reflection on work-based practice
  • oral presentations
  • data analysis
  • project proposals
  • written exams


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.

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