MSt in Genomic Medicine 2016e-learning

Please note that we are now closed for applications.

The MSt in Genomic Medicine is part of the suite of postgraduate courses in Genomic Medicine and designed to educate suitably qualified NHS healthcare professionals from across the multi-professional team to prepare for the future adoption of genomic technologies and the increasing use of genomic information as part of the diagnostic and treatment pathway.

The programme has been developed by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and Cambridge University Hospitals in partnership with Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and European Bioinformatics Institute.

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Aims of the programme

  • To provide professionally relevant teaching and learning informed by research in an integrated clinical and research environment;
  • To develop and create a cohort of doctors and other professionals allied to medicine able to pursue and develop their roles in a rapidly-changing and challenging environment of genomic medicine;
  • To prepare healthcare professionals for the adoption of genomic technologies and the increasing use of genomic information as part of the diagnostic and treatment pathway;
  • To develop a cohort of doctors and other professionals allied to medicine with the confidence to lead service improvement for safe and high quality patient care, and with the required knowledge, skills and capability to have a positive personal impact on the work of others;
  • To develop a cohort of doctors and other professionals allied to medicine with an understanding of research methodologies and clinical opportunities relevant to genomic medicine;
  • To encourage a commitment to intellectual challenge and evidence-based clinical practice informed by the latest conceptual and theoretical knowledge of genomic medicine;
  • To develop students' intellectual, practical and transferable skills related to genomic medicine;
  • To encourage critical thinking related to genomic medicine;
  • To conduct systematic research relevant to their professional practice.

Teaching and learning

Eight modules, as described by the Postgraduate Diploma, plus a 60-credit research project and associated dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words on an agreed topic in genomic medicine;


Ten modules, comprising the eight modules as described by the Postgraduate Diploma plus two additional Option Modules, plus a 30 credit literature-based research project and associated dissertation of 5,000-6,000 words on an agreed topic in genomic medicine.

Please note: all teaching dates shown here are provisional

  • Core Module 1: An introduction to human genetics and genomics * (10-14 October 2016)
  • Core Module 2: Omics techniques and their application to genomic medicine * (14-18 November 2016)
  • Core Module 3: Genomics of common and rare inherited diseases * (8-12 May 2017)
  • Core Module 4: Molecular pathology of cancer and application in cancer diagnosis, screening, and treatment * (30 January -3 February 2017)
  • Core Module 5: Application of genomics in infectious disease (20-24 November 2017)
  • Core Module 6: Pharmacogenetics and stratified healthcare (8-12 January 2018)
  • Core Module 7: Bioinformatics, interpretation, and data quality assurance in genome analysis (19-23 February 2018)
  • Option Module 1: Ethical, Legal and Social Implications in applied genomics (ELSI) ** 
  • Option Module 2: Counselling skills for genomics ** (3-7 April 2017 and 16-20 April 2018)
  • Option Module 3: Professional and research skills ** 
  • Option Module 4: Advanced Bioinformatics – from genomes to systems ** (20-24 March 2017)
  • Option Module 5: Epigenetics and epigenomics **
  • Option Module 6: Expanding the content of the MSt in genomic medicine with a workplace-based module **

* As detailed for the Postgraduate Certificate in Genomic Medicine.

** It may be possible to enrol for optional modules on a stand-alone basis. Register interest here. Not all options will necessarily be offered in any one year.


  • Students are assessed formatively throughout the taught modules of the programme using a variety of techniques and interrelated strategies including evidence of regular reflection, demonstration of active participation in the programme will also be required. There may also a requirement for the students to take part in peer review of other students.
  • For each of the four taught modules comprising the Postgraduate Certificate, students must complete summative assignments of 2500-3500 words or equivalent.
  • For the Postgraduate Diploma, students must complete assignments of 2500-3500 words for each of the taught modules (except where other methods of module assessment are indicated in individual module descriptions)

Entry requirements

  1. Applicants are normally expected to a hold a 2i degree or higher from a UK university or an equivalent from an overseas university.
  2. All applicants are required to demonstrate competency in English at a high level before commencing the programme (IELTS Academic test scores of: overall band score of 7.0, with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading). Evidence of competency in English is in accordance with the guidelines of the University of Cambridge.
  3. The structure of the programme allows international students to attend on Student Visitor Visas, and those in full-time employment, whether in the UK or abroad, to work and study at the same time.

Supporting documents required for application (pdf file).

Fees and funding

The fee for 2015 will be £6,000 per annum for Home/EU students and £14,591 per annum for overseas students.

Funding is available from Health Education England for NHS employees wishing to apply for this course. Prospective students wishing to apply for HEE funding should refer to the HEE website and ensure that access to this funding is approved before applying for the course.

Apply for HEE funding - on the HEE website.

You may be interested to know that from 2016/17, Student Finance England (SFE) is introducing a postgraduate loans scheme for full-time and part-time Master’s courses. Information on eligibility, the amount of the loan and the level of repayment can be found in SFE’s The Student Room. Please note that SFE is planning to take applications via its main Student finance website, from summer 2016.

How to apply

Applications will be accepted until 13 May 2016. Eligible candidates will be invited to interview in June and informed of final decisions towards the end of August.  

Read the MSt Application Guide to find out more about the application process and what you need to do and consider as a potential applicant. See below for details of the supporting documents you will need to provide when applying for this course.

  • Copies of relevent qualification certificates and transcripts
  • Language proficiency if required
  • Contact details of two referees who will be contacted on your behalf
  • Evidence of funding from HEE
  • Employer support


If you have any questions about the application process, contact our Admissions team:

For all other enquiries, please contact the Academic Programme Manager, Valentina Steel:


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Pre-enrolment information

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Register interest

To register your interest in this course please contact us:

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Valentina Steel
Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

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Course details

Start date

10 October 2016

End date

31 July 2018

Application deadline

13 May 2016

Course code



2 years


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Course fee

Home/EU: £12,000.00
Overseas: £29,182.00

Qualifications / Credits

Master of Studies