Courses in Genomic Medicine – Fully-funded for NHS staff

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Our courses in Genomic Medicine are designed to provide healthcare professionals with a multi-disciplinary perspective on genomics and its application in medicine. Modules are especially designed for NHS professionals to improve skills and support career progression.

If you work in the NHS our modules are available with, or without assessment, fully-funded by Health Education England through the Genomics Education Programme (GEP), as part of your 'Workforce Development' (subject to available commissions).

The GEP has been set up to ensure staff in the health and care system have the knowledge skills and experience to keep England a world leader in genomic and precision medicine.

St George’s is one of a select number of universities to offer this programme. We are able to offer flexible study packages suitable for working doctors and healthcare professionals an interest in genetics and genomics.

"The course is part of a bigger movement across the country, genomics and personalized medicine is the future. What I love about the course is that what you’re studying is going to make you really useful." - Brenda Nomamiukor, Genomic Medicine MSc Student

Study options

This is a flexible course which follows a syllabus specified by Higher Education England. Individal modules can be studied standalone or for Continous Personal and Professional Development.

There are also several Exit award options available including:

  • PgCert (60 credits)
  • PgDip (120 credits)
  • MSc (180 credits)

Qualifications are awarded by St George's, University of London, and taught in partnership with King’s College London. Both institutions are NHS preferred providers, and learners will benefit from the breadth of expertise provided by both institutions.

Students can construct bespoke combination of modules which reflects their interests, however there are a couple of required core modules forming the spine of the programme.

Most modules generally involve approximately five days of face-to-face teaching over one or two weeks, followed by between two to four weeks of independent study and assessment preparation.

Full-time students will spend approximately four to five days every four weeks on campus, in addition to independent study. Part-time students will spend approximately four to five days every eight weeks oncampus, in addition to independent study.

If you are interested in these courses you might like to try our MOOC in The Genomic Era which provides pre-course material.

Course content

During the course you will be trained in state-of-the-art genomic platforms and informatics tools and how to apply them in the analysis and interpretation of whole genome sequence data from patients. You will learn how recent technological advances have transformed, how genomic data is generated, analysed and presented and its relevance to a range of clinical scenarios, as well as how to handle such big data.

Development of knowledge and skills in these areas will further enable healthcare professionals to deliver services aligned with the values of the NHS constitution.

Funding

Funding is limited to NHS healthcare professionals working in England from the full range of professional backgrounds and groups (such as medicine, nursing, healthcare scientists and technologists).

To take the Master’s programme, individual professionals will be expected to meet the entry requirements. You will also need to have the support of their employing organisation.

Apply

To apply for HEE-funded Master’s in Genomic Medicine you will need to first apply to the Genomics Education Programme for funding to cover the course fees and you will also need to go through our master’s application process.

Entry requirements include a minimum of 2ii in undergraduate degree in biological sciences with appropriate genetics content. However, relevant work experience can be taken into account as well. English language requirements inlcude IELTS: overall 7.0, with 6.5 in listening, reading and speaking, and 7.0 in writing.

You may be required to attend an interview.

Highlights

  • Fully-funded places available for staff working in the NHS
  • Taught jointly by St George’s and King's
  • Institutions with world-class research, clinical and teaching expertise across the full spectrum of Genomic Medicine
  • Integrated within the South London Genomic Medicine Centre
  • Both campuses are co-located with leading teaching hospitals
  • Institutional expertise in multi-professional education

Student satisfaction and impact

New graduate (MSc Genomic Medicine): "After seeing the clinical impact scientific research could have on genetic diseases it strengthened my resolve to pursue a career in clinical medicine, a career which I am now on track for. The course has also made me open to the idea of specialising as a clinical geneticist in the future."

Tissue Bank Worker (MSc Genomic Medicine): "I got admission to study Graduate Entry Medicine and am preparing for first year medical school exams. I hope to apply the knowledge from the MSc to practice precision/personalised medicine when treating patients."

New graduate (MSc Genomic Medicine): "After finishing the course I got a new job as a bioinformatician in the group where I did my project."

Clinical Scientist (Genomic Medicine): "I was able to use the knowledge I had gained almost immediately. Our laboratory has developed a high throughput screening test to determine the molecular cause of inherited platelet disorders."

ICU Nurse (MSc Genomic Medicine): "This MSc is helping me a lot in my work and allowing me to contribute to improving the service in my institution."


Last Updated: Friday, 08 June 2018 15:41