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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 15.6k
  • Foreign: $ 15.6k
  • Deadline:
  • 22 May 2017
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 87pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years

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    The MSt in Genomic Medicine is part of the suite of postgraduate courses in Genomic Medicine and designed to educate suitably qualified NHS healthcare professionals from across the multi-professional team to prepare for the future adoption of genomic technologies and the increasing use of genomic information as part of the diagnostic and treatment pathway.

    Aims of the programme

    • To provide professionally relevant teaching and learning informed by research in an integrated clinical and research environment;
    • To develop and create a cohort of doctors and other professionals allied to medicine able to pursue and develop their roles in a rapidly-changing and challenging environment of genomic medicine;
    • To prepare healthcare professionals for the adoption of genomic technologies and the increasing use of genomic information as part of the diagnostic and treatment pathway;
    • To develop a cohort of doctors and other professionals allied to medicine with the confidence to lead service improvement for safe and high quality patient care, and with the required knowledge, skills and capability to have a positive personal impact on the work of others;
    • To develop a cohort of doctors and other professionals allied to medicine with an understanding of research methodologies and clinical opportunities relevant to genomic medicine;
    • To encourage a commitment to intellectual challenge and evidence-based clinical practice informed by the latest conceptual and theoretical knowledge of genomic medicine;
    • To develop students' intellectual, practical and transferable skills related to genomic medicine;
    • To encourage critical thinking related to genomic medicine;
    • To conduct systematic research relevant to their professional practice.

    Eight modules, as described by the Postgraduate Diploma, plus a 60-credit research project and associated dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words on an agreed topic in genomic medicine;

    or

    Ten modules, comprising the eight modules as described by the Postgraduate Diploma plus two additional Option Modules, plus a 30 credit literature-based research project and associated dissertation of 5,000-6,000 words on an agreed topic in genomic medicine.

    Please note: all teaching dates shown here are provisional

    • Core Module 1: An introduction to human genetics and genomics * (9-13 Oct 2017)
    • Core Module 2: Omics techniques and their application to genomic medicine * (20-24 Nov 2017)
    • Core Module 3: Genomics of common and rare inherited diseases * (14-18 May 2018)
    • Core Module 4: Molecular pathology of cancer and application in cancer diagnosis, screening, and treatment * (5-9 Feb 2018)
    • Core Module 5: Application of genomics in infectious disease (7-11 Jan 2019)
    • Core Module 6: Pharmacogenetics and stratified healthcare (19-23 Nov 2018)
    • Core Module 7: Bioinformatics, interpretation, and data quality assurance in genome analysis (11-15 Feb 2019)
    • Option Module 1: Ethical, Legal and Social Implications in applied genomics (ELSI)**
    • Option Module 2: Counselling skills for genomics ** (Dates tbc)
    • Option Module 3: Professional and research skills ** 
    • Option Module 4: Advanced Bioinformatics – from genomes to systems ** (Dates tbc)
    • Option Module 5: Epigenetics and epigenomics ** (Dates tbc) Option Module 6: Expanding the content of the MSt in genomic medicine with a workplace-based module **

    * As detailed for the Postgraduate Certificate in Genomic Medicine.

    ** It is possible to enrol for modules (dependent on places being available) on a stand-alone basis for CPPD. Register interest here. Not all options will necessarily be offered in any one year.

    Assessment

    • Students are assessed formatively throughout the taught modules of the programme using a variety of techniques and interrelated strategies including evidence of regular reflection, demonstration of active participation in the programme will also be required. There may also a requirement for the students to take part in peer review of other students.
    • For each of the four taught modules comprising the Postgraduate Certificate, students must complete summative assignments of 2500-3500 words or equivalent.
    • For the Postgraduate Diploma, students must complete assignments of 2500-3500 words for each of the taught modules (except where other methods of module assessment are indicated in individual module descriptions)

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    1. Applicants are normally expected to a hold a 2i degree or higher from a UK university or an equivalent from an overseas university.
    2. All applicants are required to demonstrate competency in English at a high level before commencing the programme (IELTS Academic test scores of: overall band score of 7.0, with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading). Evidence of competency in English is in accordance with the guidelines of the University of Cambridge.
    3. The structure of the programme allows international students to attend on Student Visitor Visas, and those in full-time employment, whether in the UK or abroad, to work and study at the same time.
    4. References 
    5. Transcripts 
    6. Curriculum Vitae. You are required to provide a professional CV with your application.
    7. Professional Qualifications 
    8. Letter of Support from your Employer
    9. Funding 
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