MSc/PGDip/PGCert On Campus

Genomic Medicine

University of Birmingham

12 months
21240 GBP/year
12000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Genomic Medicine programme at University of Birmingham is a flexible programme developed by Health Education England that aims to harness the power of genomic medicine for patient benefit.


Advances in genomic technologies and information are transforming personalised medicine for inherited disorders, cancer and infectious diseases. Birmingham’s Genomic Medicine Programme aims to equip students with a multi-disciplinary perspective on genomics and its applications to clinical practice and scientific research. 

The Genomic Medicine programme at University of Birmingham is suitable for graduates in medical and life sciences who wish to learn about recent advances in genomics and aspire to pursue a career in genomics-related research or industry. It also provides an ideal career development pathway for clinicians and scientists working in the health service who wish to learn more about genomics, as well as the challenges of introducing genomic technologies into a healthcare system.

The Programme's modular design offers full-time and part-time studies with Postgraduate Masters, Diploma and Certificate options. All modules are also available as CPD on a stand-alone basis. 

The course begins with a brief revision of DNA, genes and genetics and updates these concepts to the scale of contemporary, whole-genome information. It will introduce you to the technologies for generating genome-wide data, and the bioinformatic tools that are required for its analysis. You will learn how to interrogate genomic data to identify and investigate the pathogenicity of genetic variants, and relate these to real-life case-studies, providing meaningful information that can be useful for families affected by inherited conditions, or for patients with acquired diseases including cancer and infections.


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.

The NHS Genomics Education Programme has produced a number of videos that provide an introduction to Genomics in Healthcare, as well as featuring the impact of genomics in Nursing and in General Practice and specialist roles such as clinical bioinformatics.

Students who are not healthcare professionals will acquire knowledge, understanding and skills to 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 or the pharmaceutical industry.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Genetics and Genomics
  • Omics Techniques and Technologies and their Application to Genomic Medicine
  • Bioinformatics, Interpretation and Data Quality Assurance in Genome Analysis
  • Research Project or Literature-Based Dissertation 
  • Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases
  • Genomics in Cancer Pathology
  • Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for the MSc (Genomic Medicine) without prior relevant experience working in healthcare should have a good honours degree (or equivalent), in a relevant subject (e.g. biomedical science or medicine). However we will consider applicant with alternative academic qualifications, on the basis of professional qualifications and experience within the NHS (or other relevant organisations).
  • The University will consider a candidate’s skills, attributes, motivation and potential for success when making an offer. Students may be contacted to discuss their application or invited for an interview. All applications must have at least one satisfactory reference.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21240 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21240 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.


  • PGDip - £8,000
  • PGCert - £4,000
  • Module CPD - £1,000

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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