Genomic Medicine and Healthcare Postgraduate Diploma

The online Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare provides an integrated approach to genomics and applies scientific principles to patient care. Course Code: QPDP010

Next Intake: 2020 March

Course Information

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales and on successful completion of this course, you will receive a Genomic Medicine and Healthcare Postgraduate Diploma.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare aims to equip graduates with critical knowledge and understanding of genomic medicine. Graduates will be able to apply knowledge for direct clinical benefit and future study. Our course also caters to the educational needs of a primary and secondary care audience, and is the only one of its kind that is completely accessible online.

Our Postgraduate Diploma has been designed for General Medical Practitioners, Specialist Medical Practitioners (for example Paediatrics, General Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Medical Oncology), Allied Health Professionals (Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists), Nurses (Cancer, Cardiac, Paediatric, Neurology etc.) and Midwives. In addition, the course would be of interest to those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Dietetics, Biomedical Science, Pharmacy) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience

On completion of the Genomic Medicine and Healthcare Postgraduate Diploma you will demonstrate:

  • A systematic understanding of genetics and genomic factors in human diseases.
  • A critical awareness of current issues affecting the management of inherited human diseases.
  • An advanced knowledge of clinical genomics that will facilitate decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.
  • An ability to critically evaluate current research in applied and translational genetics and genomics.
  • An ability to deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients with inherited human diseases.
  • A basic understanding of the scope and effect of genomics on treatments including horizon scanning of potential new targeted treatments for wider population.

Course Structure

Our online Genomic Medicine and Healthcare Postgraduate Diploma allows you to study for just one calendar year and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises six modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.

Module Aims
  • Develop a critical understanding and knowledge of core concepts in medical genetics and genomics.
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)
Learning Outcomes
  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.
Module Aims
  • Develop a critical understanding and knowledge of core concepts in medical genetics and genomics.
Module Content
  • Principles of genetic counselling
  • Family History
  • Genetic Risk Assessment
  • Clinical Preparation & (genetic) service organisation
  • Delivery of the counselling
  • Consent, Confidentiality, Ethics
Learning Outcomes
  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
Module Aims
  • Develop a critical understanding and knowledge of core social, cultural, and economic perspectives of genomic medicine and healthcare.
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
Learning Outcomes
  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.
Module Aims
  • Develop a critical understanding of core principles and practice of clinical genetics & genomics.
Module Content
  • Epidemiology of genetic diseases/disorders
  • Diagnostic tools/Interpretation of laboratory reports
  • Genetic Clinic
  • Multi-disciplinary Team – including primary care and mainstreaming
  • Specialist services including liaison with common conditions practitioners
  • Audit in clinical genetic and genomics
Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate the ability to incorporate in-depth knowledge of genetics to a variety of clinical practice situations.
  2. Critically evaluate and apply emerging genomic/ molecular pathology in targeted therapy for rare genetic diseases.
  3. Demonstrate expertise in the planning and delivery of a genomics led multi-disciplinary patient care plan.
Module Aims
  • Develop a critical understanding and knowledge of genetics and genomics of reproduction including multi-disciplinary care of the high-risk pregnancy.
Module Content
  • Fundamentals of reproduction in the context of genomic medicine
  • Infertility
  • Diagnostic tools – prenatal, foetal medicine including antenatal aneuploidy screening
  • Treatment and Management including pre-implantation genetic diagnosis/ mitochondrial genetic disorders
  • Specialised approaches - non-invasive prenatal testing and prenatal genomic arrays
  • Ethical aspects of reproductive and foetal medicine
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically evaluate genetic screening/diagnosis, preventive and therapeutic methods before and during pregnancy.
  2. Demonstrate expertise in carrying out risk assessment, counselling and assisting in managing the high-risk pregnancy.
Module Aims
  • Develop a critical understanding and knowledge of genomic applications in public health, multidisciplinary patient care and preventive healthcare in the context of health services organisation and delivery.
Module Content
  • Introduction to omics research methods, new and emerging technologies and systems medicine including the 100,000 Genomes Project
  • Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics
  • Stratified Medicine including The 5 P’s Medicine (precise/preventive/predictive/personalised medicine, participatory)
  • Implications for healthcare – new and emerging roles and models of service delivery and manpower (medical, nursing and allied healthcare)
  • Health economics including Evidence-based genetic/genomic healthcare
  • New therapeutic advances- gene therapy, targeted molecular therapy, genome editing
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically debate the role of genomic applications in public health and preventive healthcare in the context of health services organisation and delivery.
  2. Critically appraise the role and limitations of interventions aimed at genetic/genomic health risk management.

Entry Requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

To secure your place on the course, applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree. Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.

In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.


English Language Requirements

Proficiency in the Engish language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on [email protected] for more information on the qualifications we accept.


Teaching Methods

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts. Find out more about our world-class tutors on the Genomic Medicine and Healthcare Team Page.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios. These usually occur within groups of 10-15 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependant on the module. These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.

Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.


Online Induction Day

Once you have secured your place on the course, you will be invited to an Online Induction Day Webinar. This will give you the opportunity to participate in study skills workshops on Harvard Referencing, scientific and reflective writings, and levels of evidence in preparation for your studies. It is not compulsory for you to attend our Induction Day, but it is recommended as it’ll provide you with a sturdy introduction to the course.



Assessments

The Genomic Medicine and Healthcare course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The six modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies.

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Your tutor will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.

  • Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
  • Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets, and essays.
  • Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
  • The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
  • Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for March 2020:
£3,900

Please Note: These are the fees for a single year.

Application deadline - February 10th 2020

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Up-Front Payments Instalments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£650 £650
1st May 2020 £3,250 £650
1st July 2020 £650
1st September 2020 £650
1st November 2020 £650
1st January 2021 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


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