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Cambridge Genomic Medicine Programme - Modular study

What is Modular Study?

Studying individual modules within the Cambridge University Genomic Medicine Programme is a way to gain valuable insight into one of the most important areas of modern healthcare and open up opportunities for further study for award bearing qualifications in Genomic Medicine. Genomic Medicine modules available for modular study in the Academic Year 2023-24 are listed below.

The cost of each module is: Home fee £1,250, Overseas fee £3,134. Please see information about available HEE funding at the bottom of this page. 

All modules run as one week teaching sessions (Monday to Friday, >30 contact hours), followed by a further four weeks of guided study using a Virtual Learning Environment during which time students complete a formal assessment if studying for credit. The modules each carry 15 FHEQ Level 7 credits, equivalent to 150 hours of learning. 

Study for Credit or CPPD

Each module can be studied for credit or for continuing personal and professional development (CPPD). Please note that a different application link is provided for credit and for CPPD for each module.

Studying for Credit: each module, on passing a formal assessment, is worth 15 FHEQ Level 7 credits. Credit is a formal, quantified recognition of learning achievement. Students receive a certificate/transcript evidencing the credits gained, which can be used when applying for further award-bearing qualifications (see Progression Options below). If you wish to apply for HEE funding, you must study modules for credit.

Studying for CPPD: modules can be studied for personal or professional development; formal assessment is not required and students receive a certificate of attendance. If studying modules for CPPD, you will not be able to apply for HEE funding.

Progression Options

If you studied modules for credit, it is possible to transfer modular study credits forward into a Cambridge award:

  • 1 module at 15 credits may be transferred forward into the Postgraduate Certificate
  • 2 modules at a total of 30 credits may be transferred forward into the Postgraduate Diploma or MSt in Genomics Medicine (these courses run over two consecutive academic years).

Modules being transferred into an award can usually only be brought forward from the previous academic year. Applications to the relevant award must be made separately in time for the 2024-25 intake.

For transfer of credit towards non-Cambridge awards, you are advised to consult the University where you wish to study as different criteria may apply.

 

Gateway Module Packages

We offer two modular study packages, “Gateway to Genetic Counselling for Nurses and Midwives” and “Gateway to Pharmacogenomics for Pharmacy Staff”. To enrol in a Gateway, you must apply to each included module separately, and must apply to study the modules for credit.
Application for funding available from HEE England is the same as for study of individual modules, as described below.

Gateway to Genetic Counselling for Nurses and Midwives
Apply for both GM1B and GMO2, both for credit.

Designed to prepare healthcare professionals, including nurses and midwives for the increased role and importance of genetics in healthcare and for those seeking eligibility to become registered genetic counsellors. Please download the Gateway information sheet for further details.
 

Gateway to Pharmacogenomics for Pharmacy Staff
Apply for both GM1B and GM6, both for credit.

If you are a registered pharmacist or pharmacy technician, you may be able to expand your knowledge and experience to include pharmacogenomics by completing additional training in genetics, pharmacogenomics and stratified medicine. Please download the Gateway information sheet for further details.
 

 

How to Apply for Modular Study

You may apply for as many individual modules as desired. A separate application is required for each.
You can decide, or discuss with your employer, if you wish to study for credit or for CPPD. Note that if you wish to apply for HEE funding, you must apply to study for credit. To participate in the Gateway programs, you also must apply to study for credit.

Please submit your application as far in advance of the deadline as possible as modular applications are subject to the same admissions processes as they would be for award-bearing courses and this can take several weeks.

Before you start your application, please have your application documents ready

To apply to study a module for credit you will need to provide 1,2,3,(4),5.
to apply to study for CPPD you will need to provide 1,(4),5.

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Academic transcripts
  3. Name and email address of two referees
  4. You may need to meet the language requirements for study at Cambridge (see below)
  5. International students must ensure they have the correct Visa documentation, and those in full-time employment, whether in the UK or abroad, to work and study at the same time.

Language Requirements for study

All applicants are required to demonstrate competency in English at a high level before commencing the programme; students whose first language is not English must be able to satisfy the requirements below.

  • IELTS Academic: Overall score of 7.0 (a minimum of 7.0 in Listening, Writing and Speaking; 6.5 in Reading)
  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 100 (a minimum of 25 in each individual component)
  • CAE: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a Language Centre assessment
  • CPE: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each individual element)

List of available Modules and links to Application

Code

Module

Dates

Location

 

GM2

Omics Techniques and the Application to Genomic Medicine

 

This module explores the state of the art genomics techniques used for DNA sequencing (targeted approaches, whole exome and whole genome sequencing) and RNA sequencing, using highly parallel techniques, together with current technologies routinely used to investigate genomic variation in the clinical setting. This module will introduce the bioinformatics approaches required for the analysis of genomic data, which together with data governance covered in GM1 will provide a solid foundation for the Bioinformatics and Statistics modules.

The module will also cover the use of array-based methodologies and RNA sequencing in estimating levels of protein expression, micro RNAs and long non–coding RNAs. A comprehensive introduction to metabolomics and proteomics, which are important for the functional interpretation of genomic data and discovery of disease biomarkers will also be included. Students will also learn about the strategies employed to evaluate pathogenicity of variants for clinical reporting.

Teaching of these core technologies and introductory bioinformatics will be facilitated in part by hands-on production of genomic data in which students will take DNA samples through an entire ‘omics’ workflow.

Apply by
Fri 29 Sept 2023

Apply to study for Credit

Apply to study for CPPD

Attend In-person
30 Oct - 3 Nov 2023

Clinical Medicine School teaching rooms at Addenbrookes Hospital
Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Submit Assignment
4 Dec 2023

Assignment submitted online if studying course for credit. Resources available for all students in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

 

GM7

Bioinformatics, Interpretation and Data Quality Assurance in Genome Analysis

The module covers the fundamental principles of informatics and bioinformatics applied to clinical genomics. Students are taught to find and use major genomic and genetic data resources; use software packages, in silico tools, databases and literature searches to align sequence data to the reference genome, critically assess, annotate and interpret findings from genetic and genomic analyses. Theoretical sessions are coupled with practical assignments of analysing and annotating predefined data sets. This module is central to the Genomic Medicine Programme as it provides students with the skills to begin to analyse genomic data.

This module is suitable for beginners and does not involve the use of the Unix command line or R. Students with previous bioinformatics experience are advised to take the advanced bioinformatics module, GMO4.

Apply by
Fri 3 Nov 2023

Apply to study for Credit

Apply to study for CPPD

Attend In-person
4 - 8 Dec 2023

EMBL-EBI Wellcome Genome Campus
Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, CB10 1SD

Submit Assignment
11 Jan 2024

Assignment submitted online if studying course for credit. Resources available for all students in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

 

GM5

Application of Genomics to Infectious Disease

From this module the student will understand how genomics can be used to better understand the nature, diversity and mechanisms of evolution of microbes causing human disease, provide more accurate diagnosis, predict which drugs are likely to be more effective and monitor treatment and control of infectious disease in individuals and populations.

The student will learn about the genomic structure of infectious agents, implication of acquisition or loss of nucleotides, genes and plasmids on pathogenicity, sensitivity of a pathogen to drug treatment and response to the host. Students will also be taught about current typing approaches for diagnostics and epidemiology of infectious agents, the surveillance systems operating in the UK and abroad and how genome-based approaches can complement/replace these existing methodologies both locally and internationally.

Apply by
Fri 8 Dec 2023

Apply to study for Credit

Apply to study for CPPD

Attend In-person
15 - 19 Jan 2024

Clinical Medicine School teaching rooms at Addenbrookes Hospital
Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Submit Assignment
19 Feb 2024

Assignment submitted online if studying course for credit. Resources available for all students in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

 

GM1B

GATEWAY OPTIONS

Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics

This introductory module aims to provide the student with an introduction to the key areas of genomics, human genetics and genetic variation. It will prepare participants to understand disease genetics and how genomic medicine can be utilised to elucidate disease mechanisms and biology. In addition, this module will also cover the fundamentals of information governance in the context of genomic medicine and its applications providing underpinning knowledge for later modules in bioinformatics and statistics.

This module will serve as a foundation for those wishing to advance their careers within the NHS in genomic medicine. It provides clear understanding of the structure and variations in genetic material. Covering basic genetics and genomics, this module will prepare students to understand the role of genetics in disease and how genomic information can be utilised to elucidate disease mechanisms and biology.

Apply by
Fri 15 Dec 2023

Apply to study for Credit

Apply to study for CPPD

Attend In-person
22 - 26 Jan 2024

Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall
Madingley, CB23 8AQ

Submit Assignment
26 Feb 2024

Assignment submitted online if studying course for credit. Resources available for all students in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

GATEWAY OPTIONS

Pair with GMO2 (for credit) for the GATEWAY TO GENETIC COUNSELING FOR NURSES AND MIDWIVES

Pair with GM6 (for credit) for the GATEWAY TO PHARMACOGENOMICS FOR PHARMACY STAFF

 

GM4

Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening, and Treatment

This module aims to equip the student with detailed knowledge and understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in cancer development. This will include the ways in which interrogation of a person’s own genome and the genome of tumour cells can facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

This module covers the molecular mechanisms that underlie cancer development, growth and metastasis, and the differences between different cancers. It will explore the different molecular and cellular actions of anti-cancer treatments, the genomic factors affecting response and resistance to treatment, and the research approaches to anti-cancer drug design and development. Broad situations which confer a high cancer risk to a person and/or to other members of the same family will be discussed in the context of how genomic information may be integrated into cancer screening programmes.

Apply by
Fri 5 Jan 2024

Apply to study for Credit

Apply to study for CPPD

Attend In-person
5 - 9 Feb 2024

Clinical Medicine School teaching rooms at Addenbrookes Hospital
Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Submit Assignment
11 Mar 2024

Assignment submitted online if studying course for credit. Resources available for all students in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

 

 

GM6

GATEWAY OPTION

Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Healthcare

Pharmacogenomics is playing a key role in our health care system. Pharmacogenomics and stratified health care ensure that healthcare professionals tailor the 'right treatment, for the right person, at the right time’ and is a fast developing area. This module provides a comprehensive overview of the analytical strategies and techniques used in pharmacogenomics and explore some of the challenges and limitations in this field (availability of patient material for studies of adverse drug reactions which tend to be rare, allelic heterogeneity between different ethnic groups, patient compliance etc.). Biomarkers are the predictive tools for optimising drug response and preventing adverse drug reactions thus this module will also provide an overview of the different type of genomic biomarkers currently in use or emerging.

This module describes the complexity of pharmacogenomics and the effect of medication on individuals based on their genetic make-up i.e. tailoring drug treatment to improve patient response and techniques to stratify patients at risk of adverse drug reactions. It uses examples of known validated pharmacogenomic tests relevant to the use of drug treatments and also use the expertise provided by the major clinical- and academic- industrial research cluster in biomedical science that is developing locally. The module provides a focus to develop interactions with industrial partners and academic groups developing research programs in stratified medicine across a broad range of diseases.

Apply by
Fri 26 Jan 2024

Apply to study for Credit

Apply to study for CPPD

Attend In-person
26 Feb - 1 Mar 2024

Clinical Medicine School teaching rooms at Addenbrookes Hospital
Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Submit Assignment
3 Apr 2024

Assignment submitted online if studying course for credit. Resources available for all students in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

GATEWAY OPTION

Pair with GM1B (for credit) for the GATEWAY TO PHARMACOGENOMICS FOR PHARMACY STAFF

 

GMO2

GATEWAY OPTION

Counselling Skills for Genomics

This is an introduction to counselling skills for genomics. The aim of this module is to equip students with the knowledge, communication and counselling skills and appropriate attitudes and behaviours towards the diagnosis and management of patients whose care will be influenced by genomic investigations. Students undertaking this module are taught how to communicate and provide appropriate support to individuals and their families. Development of counselling skills is achieved via theoretical and practical sessions.

Students are taught to understand the importance of a family history and communication of pathogenic and/or uncertain results. Patient involvement is an integral feature of this module. The patient perspective will also be considered extensively within the role play delivery.

Apply by
Fri 16 Feb 2024

Apply to study for Credit

Apply to study for CPPD

Attend In-person
18 - 22 Mar 2024

Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall
Madingley, CB23 8AQ

Submit Assignment
24 Apr 2024

Assignment submitted online if studying course for credit. Resources available for all students in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

GATEWAY OPTION

Pair with GM1B (for credit) for the GATEWAY TO GENETIC COUNSELING FOR NURSES AND MIDWIVES

 

GMO4

Advanced Bioinformatics

This module introduces students to bioinformatics approaches that can provide a system level understanding of disease associated processes, using a combination of ‘omics’ data types (e.g. genomic, transcriptomic, epigenomic, and proteomic).

This module builds upon the basic bioinformatics techniques introduced in MOD7 (Bioinformatics, interpretation and data quality assurance in genome analysis) or MODO7 (Research and Statistical Skills for Genomic Medicine) along with the disease and subject specific knowledge gained in other modules. Students with no prior bioinformatics experience are encouraged to take this module following MOD7. This module uses the Unix command line and R to analyse genomic medicine data.

The module is delivered through both lectures and hands-on practical sessions and employs real data to illustrate the application of systems biomedicine approaches in genomic medicine.

Apply by
Fri 15 Mar 2024

Apply to study for Credit

Apply to study for CPPD

Attend In-person
15 - 19 April 2024

University of Cambridge Department of Genetics, Downing Site
Cambridge CB2 3EH

Submit Assignment
21 May 2024

Assignment submitted online if studying course for credit. Resources available for all students in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

 

GMO5

Epigenetics & Epigenomics

The completion of the human genome project has paved the way for major advances in our understanding of human genetic disease and the pathogenesis of cancer. Nevertheless, these advances have also revealed that genetics is only part of the story and there is increasing recognition that epigenetics will be critical for understanding human disease and the practice of genomic medicine.

 

Cambridge is the leading European centre for epigenetic research and this module will draw on world-leading local scientists to provide expert coverage of this fascinating topic.

Apply by
Fri 22 Mar 2024

Apply to study for Credit

Apply to study for CPPD

Attend In-person
22 - 26 Apr 2024

Clinical Medicine School teaching rooms at Addenbrookes Hospital
Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Submit Assignment
29 May 2024

Assignment submitted online if studying course for credit. Resources available for all students in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

 

GM3

Genomics of Common & Rare Disease

The number of rare monogenic disorders is estimated to be greater than 7000, but only in approximately half of these are the underlying genes known. Common conditions such as intellectual disability, diabetes and schizophrenia are thought to arise from a complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors but deeper understanding of the genetic and mechanistic basis of these conditions is necessary for clinical translation.

The module offers a comprehensive overview of the traditional and current strategies and techniques used to identify genes responsible for both common multifactorial and rare inherited diseases, focusing mainly on the latter. This module will initially explore the clinical presentation and course of a range of common and rare inherited diseases. The principles and practise of medical genetics, and the management and treatment of probands and their families will be discussed. In addition, the role of genomics in a care pathway will be examined including the patient and family perspective. Building on knowledge gained in MOD2 (Omics techniques and the application to genomic medicine), students will further explore the analytical challenges in genomics as applied to rare inherited diseases.

Apply by
Fri 12 Apr 2024

Apply to study for Credit

Apply to study for CPPD

Attend In-person
13 - 17 May 2024

Clinical Medicine School teaching rooms at Addenbrookes Hospital
Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Submit Assignment
18 Jun 2024

Assignment submitted online if studying course for credit. Resources available for all students in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

 

Please note that dates for these modules may be subject to change in accordance with government/University guidelines.

 

Health Education England (HEE) Funding

NHS, Public Health England (PHE), pharmacist, laboratory and primary care staff may be eligible to apply for HEE funding for their modular study with us meeting the application criteria. Those working in academia may also be considered depending on the percentage of time spent working for the NHS.
For full details of eligibility, the application procedure and FAQs, please refer to the HEE website 
here.  Click on a module, read the information on the tabs titled, ‘Funding rules’ and ‘FAQs’.  At the bottom of the ‘Funding rules’ tab click the link to view the ‘the application process for CPPD module(s) or postgraduate certificate’ to view a useful flowchart showing the application procedure. 

Where a module is HEE funded then the full cost of the home fee and the first £1250 of the overseas fee will be covered.

If you are eligible for HEE funding then your application for funding is via the University and not directly to HEE.  If you receive a conditional offer of a place, we (the University) will inform you of the amount of HEE funding we can offer and apply to HEE on your behalf. During the application process, we request permission to share your details with HEE so they can progress and approve your funding allocation.  

HEE funding is only available in the first instance for modules that start before 31 March 2023.  Modules must be taken for credit to qualify for HEE funding.

All funding is subject to availability and any prior funding you have received from HEE will also be taken into account.

You should make your application to us as soon as possible in order to secure a place on the module(s) of your choice and secure any available funding.

 

Associated courses

The Genomic Medicine programme at ICE provides the following additional part-time courses and study options:

You can also apply to study at the Master’s level full-time through the University’s Department of Medical Genetics.

For further information please contact us at genomics@ice.cam.ac.uk.