Masters | Postgraduate Course - Genomic Medicine MSc Course Details within University of Exeter

Postgraduate Admissions
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Course Fees
For 2019/20, fees will be charged pro rata per 15-credit module for UK/EU students. Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year. UK/EU: £10,000 full-time; £5,000 per year part-time (over two years) International: £21,100 full-time
Start Month(s)
September or January
Contact Name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Genomic Medicine MSc

Study Details

MSc/PGDip/PGCert 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Practice in the clinical professions will be transformed by genomic technologies and information within the next decade.

This MSc programme has been developed by Health Education England and is aligned with their vision to prepare the NHS for the legacy of the 100,000 Genomes Project.

This will be achieved through education and training that is focused on developing skilled graduates who can apply genomic medicine for patient benefit.

The programme is offered by a network of seven universities across England and includes study of the genomics and informatics of rare and common diseases, cancer and infectious diseases, which can be applied to clinical practice and medical research. The programme enhances knowledge and skills in this rapidly evolving field. 

Module details

Core Modules for MSc

Mandatory Core Modules:

  • HPDM082A Fundamentals in Human Genetics & Genomics
  • HPDM082B Fundamentals in Human Genetics and Genomics*
  • HPDM036 "Omics" Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine 
  • HPDM041 Bioinformatics, Interpretation, Statistics and Data Quality Assurance
  • HPDM042 OR HPDM043 Research projects (60 or 30 credits)

Elective Core Modules (you must pick at least three):

  • HPDM037 Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases 
  • HPDM038 Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening, and Treatment 
  • HPDM039 Pharmacogenomics
  • BIOM567 Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease 

Optional Modules:

  • HPDM048 Professional Research Skills  
  • HPDM044 Ethical, Legal and Social Issues 
  • HPDM045 Introduction to the Counselling Skills used in Genomic Medicine
  • HPDM046 Advanced Bioinformatics 
  • HPDM049 Epigenetics 
  • HPDM047 Work-based Learning in Genomics  

Entry Requirements

Normally a min 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Relevant clinical or professional experience may be taken into consideration as evidence of equivalency.  The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

The course is especially designed for healthcare professionals working within the National Health Service, to improve their capabilities and support career progression. It could be similarly beneficial for those working or aspiring to work in other healthcare systems.

Students who are not healthcare professionals would acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that should help them gain employment or PhD positions especially in the expanding fields of genomics, bioinformatics, or other medically-related research and development in either academia, pharmaceutical or biotech industries.