Genomic Medicine and Healthcare MSc
Our MSc in Genomic Medicine aims to equip graduates with further critical knowledge and understanding of genomic medicine. Completing this Masters in Genomic Medicine will give you the opportunity to work on your professional project where you will research, explore and write about an area of personal interest within the field. The course caters to the educational needs of primary and secondary care health professionals, and is the only university-validated course of its kind that is completely accessible online.
Next intake: 2022 SeptemberKey Facts
The MSc in Genomic Medicine aims to equip graduates with a critical knowledge and understanding of the genetic and genomic basis of clinical medicine and healthcare for direct clinical benefit and future study.
The educational aims of the course are:
To provide graduates with a systematic understanding and specialist theoretical knowledge of Genomic Medicine in order to provide personalised, precision-based patient management and care in their field of practice.
To enable multidisciplinary groups to work proactively in developing and applying advanced awareness of ethical, societal and professional values and codes of conduct to personal and strategic decisions relating to Genomic Medicine.
To produce graduates with life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills to suggest and advocate solutions using appropriate methods and techniques to solve complex and unpredictable real world issues in the field of Genomic Medicine.
To produce graduates with the ability to lead strategic management approaches in Genomic Medicine within complex multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.
To enable graduates to critically evaluate the evidence base and systematically synthesise cutting edge research in the field of Genomic Medicine and directly apply this to unpredictably complex issues and/or opportunities in their field of clinical practice.
To enable graduates to provide a positive and transformational impact on society through the advancement of individualised patient care by applying the advanced principles of Genomic Medicine to their field of practice.
University of South Wales
The University of South Wales (USW) is a modern, industry focused University located in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd in South Wales, UK. It was rated best in the UK for the Health Professions in the Guardian University Guide 2020 and, in the latest Complete University Guide 2022, is in the top 10 in the UK for Health Studies. USW is one of Britain’s largest and most exciting new universities attracting a cosmopolitan mix of students from across the globe.
Prof Dr John N. Giannios
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Accreditors and Endorsers
UEMS - European Union of Medical Specialists
This postgraduate course has also been accredited by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)
Next intake: 2022 September Key Facts
Why Study a Genomic Medicine and Healthcare Master's with Learna
We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.
Our courses are 100% online. No fixed study times mean you can log in and learn whenever and wherever.
Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.
No physical campus means we can offer world-leading programmes at the most competitive prices.
Get a PgDip from £3,900 or an MSc from £7,500 - the most affordable courses of their kind in the UK.
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Who is this course for?
This MSc in Genomic Medicine is targeted at diverse groups of health professionals across all specialties and healthcare settings including:
- Specialist Medical Practitioners
- General Medical Practitioners
- Allied Health Professionals
- Nurses and Midwives
- Those with related undergraduate degrees or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience
How Will I Learn?
You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.
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 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.
Develop a critical understanding and knowledge of core concepts in medical genomics and multiomics.
- Molecular and Cellular Genetics
- DNA and RNA Epigenetic Modifications
- Inheritance Types of Genetic Disorders
- NGS and PCR based Molecular Pathology or Molecular Diagnostics
- Multiomics Approaches to Communicable and Non Communicable Diseases
- Translation of Genomic Medicine into Clinical Practice
- Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the core concepts of medical and health genomics and multiomics.
- Demonstrate an ability to translate genomic data into clinical actionability.
Develop a critical understanding of the principles, methods of delivery, and core practice issues in genetic and genomic counselling.
- Principles of Genetic and Genomic Counselling
- Interpretation of Family and Medical History
- Association of Clinical Phenotype to Disease Related Genotype
- Genetic and Genomic Risk Assessment
- Clinical Preparation and Genetic/Genomic Service Organisation and Delivery
- Consent, Confidentiality, Information Sharing and Ethics in Genomic Medicine
- Critically apply the principles of genetic counselling to complex clinical situations
- Selectively apply relevant ethical, moral and legal issues to the diagnosis, testing and counselling of patients
Develop a critical understanding and knowledge of core societal, legal, bioethical, bioeconomical, political and cultural perspectives on genomic information and technology.
- Legal Frameworks and Issues in Genomic Medicine
- Social and Cultural Aspects of Genomic Medicine
- Bioethical Implications in Genomic Medicine
- Public Policies and Politics in Genomic Medicine Service
- Bioeconomy Implications in Genomic Medicine
- Public Advocacy, Healthcare Professional Engagement and Education in Genomic Medicine
- Demonstrate a critical understanding and knowledge of core societal, legal, bioethical, bioeconomical, political and cultural perspectives on genomic information and technology.
- Demonstrate the ability to critically appraise a variety of broader considerations surrounding the use of genomic information and application of technologies.
Develop a critical understanding of the core principles and practice of medical and clinical genetics and genomics.
- Genetic/Genomic and Multiomic Multiethnic Epidemiology and Preventive-Healthcare (using GWAS, TWAS, PheWAS and GWES)
- Integrative Multiomics Analysis and Translation in Personalised/Precision Medicine
- Genetics/Genomics Clinic, Pharmacogenomics Clinic and Preventive Genomics Clinic including PRST
- Genetic, Genomic and Multiomic Profiling of Germline and Somatic Variants in Personalised Oncology
- Genomic-Medicine Multidisciplinary-Team (GM-MDT)
- Clinical Audit Cycle in Genomic Medicine
- Demonstrate the ability to implement cutting edge knowledge of multiomics into healthcare practice ranging from individualised care to population health.
- Demonstrate professional healthcare expertise in the application of emerging multiomics tools for the implementation of communicable and noncommunicable disease management using a multidisciplinary approach.
Develop a critical understanding and knowledge of genome-based reproductive medicine.
- Reproductive Genetics and Genomics
- Genetic and Genomic Implications of Infertility
- Prenatal Screening, Risk Assessment, Molecular Diagnostics and Genomic Counselling
- Specialised Prenatal Diagnosis and Personalised Healthcare
- Personalised Multidisciplinary Treatment and Management
- Legal, Cultural, Social and Ethical Issues in Fetal Medicine
- Critically appraise the implementation of reproductive medicine based on multiomic evidence in the multidisciplinary management of pregnancy.
- Critically appraise the evidence in implementing risk assessment for pregnancy and counselling using personalised approaches in high risk pregnancy and fetal medicine, taking into account legal, cultural and socio-ethical issues.
Develop a critical understanding and knowledge of how genomic medicine can be utilised to provide personalised medicine in healthcare.
- Applied Translational Research in Genomic Medicine
- Pharmacogenomics, Pharmacoepigenomics and Pharmacometabolomics
- Systems Medicine and 5 Ps Medicine
- Personalised Genomic Medicine Healthcare Services
- Integration of Genomic Medicine in Healthcare and Economic Implications
- Novel Therapeutic Advances of Genomic Medicine
- Creatively translate the healthcare possibilities of genomic medicine from bench to practice.
- Critically appraise the place of multiomic evidence in translational research for improving personalised/precision genomic medicine, taking into account the associated health economics.
To prepare students for an independent research-based project by developing skills in selecting, appraising, discriminating, using evidence and appropriate research/investigative methods to address relevant topics for investigation.
- Quantitative Studies
- Statistical Analysis Interpretation
- Interpreting the Evidence
- Meta-analysis and Systematic Reviews
- Qualitative Studies
- Evidence Appraisal: Interpreting, Weighing and Synthesising the Evidence
- Audit, Governance and Quality Improvement, Health Economics
- Preparing a Research Proposal: Research Committees, Consent, Ethics, Probity and Literature Review
- Critically analyse and interpret research to assess its application to delivery/service development.
- Select and apply different methodological approaches and tools to answer research questions in your field of practice.
To formulate the research question that you seek to answer. To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice. To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice. To develop skills in independent research and study. To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.
- Systematic literature review and appraisal of the evidence
- Audit of non-patient data/organisational audit
- Review and implementation of evidence-based practice
- Literature review and qualitative or quantitative research proposal
- Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal
- Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment
- Secondary data analysis
- Design and undertake a research and development project related to genomic medicine and healthcare in order to produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication
- Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change in a genomic medicine setting
- Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing genomic medicine and healthcare services appropriately
- 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.
- 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.
Since our Genomic Medicine MSc distance learning course is conducted entirely online, it is accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.
Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional field.
Registered healthcare professionals or individuals working in the healthcare/science field without these recognised qualifications will be considered for our MSc in Genomic Medicine 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.
- A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
- A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
- The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
- A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
- A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).
English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English 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. Duolingo is also accepted, as long as your score is above 95 per component.*
If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. You can also contact our admissions team on email@example.com for more information on the qualifications we accept.
*Please note that those who provide their proof of English proficiency through Duolingo will receive £50 off their final course payment. This discount is applied after payment of your deposit is received.
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