Taught course

Genomic Medicine

The University of Manchester · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

We require an undergraduate degree (normally an Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in a relevant biomedical subject including medicine and nursing.

Flexibility on entry requirements will be applied to candidates with proven appropriate extensive professional experience.

Subject to confirmation of suitability, the following number of credits can be accepted as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL):

  • MSc: 60 credits
  • PGDip: 45 credits
  • PGCert: 15 credits

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) will also be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc in Genomic Medicine is accredited by Health Education England and designed to fulfil the aspirations of the 100,000 Genome Project to create a world-class NHS workforce that understands and applies genomics for patient care.

In addition to being targeted to NHS healthcare professionals this course is also ideally suited to science graduates wanting to further their specialist knowledge in human genomics.

NHS professionals will learn how genomics impact on their area of clinical practice and how they can apply their new knowledge in their workplace. The training and knowledge science graduates will gain will be an advantage to securing employment in the healthcare sector (eg as a biomedical scientist or in genomic counselling).

If you choose the MRes pathway you will undertake a 25 week lab research project that will provide excellent experience allowing you to pursue a PhD in the field.

We emphasise the practice of genomics and bioinformatics in the NHS and academia as a partnership between multiple stakeholders, including clinical, academic and industrial involvement.

As such, you will learn from clinical experts from the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine , The University of Manchester, Liverpool University, AstraZeneca and Qiagen.

Our MSc consists of taught units and a literature review or a bioinformatics-based project. You will be encouraged to use your intellectual curiosity, creativity and critical thinking in the practical application of genomics and bioinformatics.

MRes students will undertake a literature review and a research proposal (project 1) before going on to complete their six-month practical research project.

Information for international students

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS - minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 20 in writing)

Most English language test results are only valid for two years and must be valid on the start date of the course for a visa to be granted.

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course , if your current IELTS scores are:

  • Minimum 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 5-week pre-sessional course (PS5)
  • Minimum 5.5 overall with 5.5 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10)

Please note: we must approve this before you apply for the English course.

Fees and funding

Postgraduate loans are available if you are a UK or EU national, or have `settled status'. Visit the postgraduate loans page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
12 months
full time
6 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 5439