Taught course

Genomic Medicine

University of Sheffield · Faculty of Medicine

Entry requirements

The course is aimed at UK/EU/International students with minimum of a 2:1 in a relevant scientific degree, intercalating medical students and NHS colleagues from suitable healthcare backgrounds.

Months of entry


Course content

Course description

Lead academics: Dr Janine Kirby and Dr Dennis Wang

This course draws on expertise from three University faculties – Medicine, Dentistry and Health, Science, and Social Sciences – and the Sheffield Genetics Diagnostic Service (Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust). It’s aimed at students as well as professionals from healthcare and science backgrounds.

The syllabus was developed in partnership with Health Education England (HEE), in order to educate the next generation of healthcare professionals. This covers the scope and application of genomics in medicine and biomedical research as well as the ethical, social and legal issues relating to this field.

The course is taught by academics, scientists and clinicians. Learning methods range from lectures and tutorials to interaction with patients and online activities. You’ll get first-hand experience of hypothesis-driven research by carrying out your own project in Genomic Medicine.

Core modules

  • Fundamentals in Human Genetics and Genomics
  • Omics Techniques and Application to Genomic Medicine
  • Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases
  • Molecular Pathology of Cancer
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics and Interpretation of Genomes
  • Genomics Research Project

Examples of optional modules

  • Advanced Bioinformatics and Genomic Data Analysis
  • Introduction to Counselling Skills used in Genomic Medicine
  • Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease
  • Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Health Care
  • Workplace-Based Genomic Medicine
  • Professional and Research Skills
  • Literature Review

Teaching and assessment

The MSc Genomic Medicine offers a wide range of delivery methods for providing theoretical knowledge, from lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials to computer-based analysis workshops as well as the opportunity to gain input from internationally renowned experts in their fields. The inclusion of problem-based learning is embedded within the course and features in combinations of online and in-person interpretive class formats. Tutorials, seminars and individual meetings with staff provide opportunities for discussion and feedback. Each of the departments delivering the programme fosters an environment that provides many opportunities for individual and group learning.

PG Diploma, PG Certificate and Continuing Professional and Personal Development (CPPD) options are available as entry and exit options on both a full-time (over 1 year) or part-time basis (over 2 years).

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, 6.0 in writing, 7.0 in listening and 6.0 in speaking, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Helen Hickson
+44 (0)114 222 2296