Certificate in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare

Team: Genomic Medicine Team

The Postgraduate Certificate in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare focuses on the practical application of genomics in clinical practice and aims to upskill medical practitioners and allied healthcare professionals. Course Code: QPDP010

Course Information


Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a University of South Wales Postgraduate Diploma award.

Our Postgraduate Certificate Course in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare is designed with medical and allied healthcare professionals in mind, and works to provide a strong foundation towards the Diploma.

This certificate focuses on the clinical application of knowledge and skills taught during the course, providing an introductory to the core concepts of genetics, clinical genomics, personalised clinical medicine and preventive healthcare.

The course is 18 weeks in durations and consists of 3 modules and is taught entirely online, meaning each and every student will benefit from a flexible learning environment, allowing you to organise your study around existing commitments. Each module is 6 weeks in duration and consist of Principles of Medical Genetics and Genomics, Genetic Counselling and finally Genomics and Society.

Our Genomic Medicine Diploma has been designed for General Medical Practitioners, Specialist Medical Practitioners, Allied Health Professionals, Nurses and Midwives. In addition, the course would be of interest to those with related undergraduate degrees.

Course Structure

The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part time distance learning course. It consists of 3 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Aim of the module:
  • Develop a critical understanding and knowledge of core concepts in medical genetics and genomics.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Core concepts - cell structure, Molecular and cell biology
  • DNA, RNA, Structure and Function
  • Traditional and non-traditional inheritance patterns
  • Epigenetics and Epigenomics
  • Diagnostic lab methods/ Clinical Bioinformatics/ Interpretation of results
  • The future of Genetics and genomics - New advances (gene therapy/ genome editing)
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an in depth knowledge of the core concepts of genomics from cellular to population level genomic variation.
  2. Critically appraise methods of laboratory analysis, interpretation and clinical utility of genomic data.
Aim of the module:
  • Develop a critical understanding and knowledge of core concepts in medical genetics and genomics.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Principles of genetic counselling
  • Family History
  • Genetic Risk Assessment
  • Clinical Preparation & (genetic) service organisation
  • Delivery of the counselling
  • Consent, Confidentiality, Ethics
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. Critically apply the principles of genetic counselling to complex clinical situations
  2. Selectively apply relevant ethical, moral and legal issues to the diagnosis, testing and counselling of patients
Aim of the module:
  • Develop a critical understanding and knowledge of core social, cultural, and economic perspectives of genomic medicine and healthcare.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Population diversity and genomic variation
  • Social culture and practices, beliefs including Consanguinity
  • Psychological issues in genomic medicine/healthcare
  • Public and media expectations and understanding
  • Population and Public health aspects of genomics
  • ELSI – Ethical, Legal, Social Implications of genomics and associated technologies
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the social, cultural and economic implications of genomics.
  2. Critically appraise a variety of broader peripheral issues surrounding genomic applications.


Online Postgraduate Certificate in Genomic Medicine

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 3 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:

  • Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group.
  • Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.
  • Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).

Each week, students are presented with 2/3 clinical cases with associated questions.  These cases are designed to promote discussion within a specific clinical area. Students:

  • Complete the questions.
  • Discuss the cases and issues surrounding the cases in a discussion forum.

Students discuss the cases within their tutor groups, facilitated by their tutor.  They use an online discussion forum to write well referenced, scientifically written postings.

The individual portfolio or journal is a learning log/diary. The purpose is for the student to reflect on their personal progress throughout the module. Students would typically include the following:

  • Initial expectations of the course, reasons for undertaking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events/issues/learning points within their personal practice.
  • Examples of change in personal practice due to knowledge gained throughout the module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

Students are asked to think reflectively about what they are learning from each module, how this differs from their current practice, and how they can apply what they have learned through the course to their everyday practice as a health professional. Referencing would not typically be found in a learning portfolio nor would a simple list of points learned.

The group activity is designed to encourage group dynamics catering to the multidisciplinary nature within the field of Genomic Medicine. Students are required to produce the following:

  • A group submission.
  • An individual submission.

Students are also marked according to their contribution to the group submission.

The group is given a specific task to accomplish over the 6 weeks of the module e.g. Develop an appropriate screening method for your clinic. Students are required to write well referenced, scientific reports.

  • 30 single best answer (SBA) questions.
  • One hour online assessment.
  • Questions are based on the clinical aspects of the module and their discussion topics.

Teaching Methods

Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice.

Teaching starts with an induction day. Students may attend the event in the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales) and also online via a webinar.

They are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:

  • Scientific writing
  • Levels of evidence
  • Harvard referencing
  • Reflective writing

The day gives an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.

Students are not required to attend the induction day however those who attend do benefit as they get a "jump start" to the course. Students who are not able to attend, should request a skype/telephone call to orientate them onto the course and are advised to review the slides.

Entry Requirements

Health professionals working within a clinical setting, both UK and overseas, with a related Healthcare Science degree (including international qualifications) are eligible to apply for the Cert Diploma in Genomic Medicine & Healthcare course.

Applicants without the above academic criteria but relevant/suitable experience can apply. Applications will be judged on the individual specifics of background and qualifications including ability to work at Postgraduate level (applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at Postgraduate level and demonstrate requisite clinical/professional knowledge).

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference
  • English language qualification (IELTS 6 or equivalent) please see University of South Wales for further details

Applications open for March 2019