MSc Genomic Medicine

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
  • Healthcare and Medicine
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Start date September


Please note that this programme is subject to approval. Please email Aku Atubra ( to register your interest and to receive a notification when applications for this programme open.

This Masters programme in Genomic Medicine is patient-focused, enabling students to learn about how genomics is applied to healthcare, improving patient diagnosis, treatment and care.

The ethos of the programme is anchored within its educational aims, delivery format and learning outcomes and supported by the expertise, values and behaviours of the faculty. Students will learn from, with and about their peers, developing a mutual understanding and respect for the positive contributions that each will bring to Genomic Medicine. Students are likely to be clinical practitioners, diagnostic service providers, scientists and researchers and those aspiring to specialise within an academic career pathway. Specific modules will be of appeal to those who wish to enhance their CPD portfolio but do not need a formal academic award.

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The programme has a modular structure which consists of core modules, optional modules and a research project.

Core Modules

  • An Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics
  • "Omics" Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine
  • Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases
  • Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening, and Treatment
  • Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare
  • Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease
  • Bioinformatics, Interpretation, Statistics and Data Quality Assurance

The general principle that will be used consistently is formative assessments to allow students to monitor their progress and prepare them for summative assessments. For each module there will be summative assessments to confirm that students have mastered the knowledge and skills and their application. Each assessment will demonstrate the attainment of key capabilities and competencies that will allow the student to complete the research project.

Summative assessments will be in a format that reflects the learning outcomes of each module, including:

  • MCQ assessments for applied knowledge, building on UEMS experience and reputation in Advanced Medical Knowledge progression testing;
  • Short answer or essays for synthesis, evaluation and problem-solving;
  • Integration and application of data using online assessments;
  • Presentations and tasks (communications and group working);
  • Project reports, and
  • Workplace based assessments.

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.

All University of Exeter students have access to Career Zone, which gives access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.

This programme is delivered at our Research Innovation and Development (RILD) Centre, at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital site and offers state-of-the-art genomics research facilities and equipment. Students will be able to access resources used by our Institute of Health Research.

University of Exeter Medical School offers a range of Continuing Professional Development opportunities with the aim to improve health outcomes in the region and to facilitate real change in the quality of clinical care and health for individuals and the wider community.

Our continuing professional development courses are inspired by research and triggered by the complex needs and priorities of local, national and global health and care systems. You can learn and develop with us through a range of focused short courses, workshops, and education days that will meet your continuing professional development needs.

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