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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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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.

This module may be particularly interesting to students studying in ACY 2020-21 as it covers viral genomics and some of the work around Sars-Cov-2.

Please note: This course page is for those wishing to study for credit only. If you would like to study this module for CPPD, please click here.

Find out more about which modules you can apply for here


Fees and funding

The fee for 2020-21 will be £1,000 for Home students and for £2,250 for overseas students.

HEE funding is available for NHS staff wishing to apply to study Genomic Medicine at The University of Cambridge for study of individual modules or modules as part of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or part-time Masters in Genomic Medicine.  Limited funding is also available for those wishing to extend their study from a Postgraduate Certificate or 4 modules to a Postgraduate Diploma or MSt. All funding is subject to availability.

Prospective students wishing to apply for HEE funding should apply for their course place in the first instance. If you are eligible for Health Education England [HEE] funding then your application for funding is made via the University and not directly to HEE.  If you receive a conditional offer of a place, we (the University) will confirm the amount of HEE funding we can offer. With your permission we will then share your details with HEE so that they can progress and approve your funding allocation. There is a useful funding application procedure flowchart on the HEE website here, click the ‘funding rules’ tab under each module description.

HEE funding is limited and only available for modules before the end of March 2021. You should make your application to us as swiftly possible in order to secure a place on the module(s) of your choice and secure any available funding.

Course dates

11 Jan 2021 to 15 Jan 2021

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

01 Jan 2021

Course fee

Home: £1,000
Overseas: £2,250

Course director

Programme director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

15 credits at Master of Studies

Course code