Genomic Medicine and Healthcare Postgraduate Diploma

Team: Genomic Medicine and Healthcare Team
In partnership with: University of South Wales

The Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare course includes a unique module focusing on areas of genomic medicine that impact upon ethics, law, socio-cultural dimensions and health economics. Course Code:QPDP010

Next Intake: 2019 Sept

Course Information

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

Our online one year Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare is designed to be practical and clinically focused. The course will provide an integrated approach to Genomic Medicine and Healthcare and focus on applying scientific principles to direct patient care. The Postgraduate Diploma is worth 120 credits and comprises six modules of 20 credits each.

The Postgraduate Diploma course 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 Genomic Medicine and Healthcare Postgraduate Diploma course 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

The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part-time distance learning course. It consists of six modules per year, each of six 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.
Aim of the module:
  • Develop a critical understanding of core principles and practice of clinical genetics & genomics.
Synopsis of 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
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  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.
Aim of the module:
  • Develop a critical understanding and knowledge of genetics and genomics of reproduction including multi-disciplinary care of the high-risk pregnancy.
Synopsis of 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
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  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.
Aim of the module:
  • 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.
Synopsis of 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
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  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.


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 six 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 two - three clinical cases, which are designed to promote discussion within a specific clinical area. 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 reflective 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 reflective journal nor would a simple list of points learned.

For this assessment, students will work on either a group assignment 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.
  • 30 single best answer 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 journal to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice.

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.

Entry Requirements

Registered healthcare 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 Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare.

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 the University of South Wales for further details

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK/EU & International Students for September 2019: £3900

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

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Option A Option B
Deposit payable on acceptance £650 £650
1st November 2019 £3,250 £650
1st January 2020 £650
1st March 2020 £650
1st May 2020 £650
1st June 2020 £650

Deposits are non-refundable

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