Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Medical Genetics

University of Chester · Institute of Medicine

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a medical first degree or related degree (e.g. Biomedical Science, Dietetics, Human Biology, Biological Sciences etc), or hold appropriate professional qualifications and be able to demonstrate suitable background knowledge and skills.

Months of entry


Course content

A vocationally-oriented course that is specifically designed for those doctors, biomedical scientists and health professionals wishing to specialise medical genetics, or related areas such as bioinformatics or genetic counselling, whether their interest is in research, industry or within the health sector.

The programme is modular and has six taught modules, plus a Research Dissertation.

Evidence Based Medicine

This module provides training in the essential skills needed as a researcher or practitioner to use the scientific and medical literature.

Analysis and Interpretation of Clinical Data

Through a series of practical sessions, this module will develop your understanding of the theories underpinning modern analytical and molecular procedures, and develop your critical appreciation of the uses and limitations of a range of analytical and molecular techniques relevant to clinical and biomedical science.

Clinical Medicine

This module utilises the changes that occur during ageing to develop your in-depth knowledge of the pathology of selected organ systems, including the importance of diagnosis and management of human disease.

Human Genetic Disease

This module will develop your understanding of disease genetics and the applications of genomic medicine.

Molecular Medicine

This module aims to develop your expertise in molecular approaches applicable to a variety of disease types.

Case Investigations in Molecular Medicine

This module will cover the analysis of cases from different medical specialisms, and will examine the following:

  • Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Neurology
  • Stem-cell-based therapies

Research Dissertation

This module is your opportunity to:

  • investigate systematically and in depth a laboratory-based topic of direct relevance to the programme of study and your personal interests

  • draw on and contribute to the development of the growing body of knowledge in the broad clinical/biomedical sciences field

  • present the outcomes of personal research in the form of two publishable scientific articles.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-48 months


full time
12 months
part time
24-48 months


part time
12-24 months

Course contact details

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