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Medical Genetics and Genomics

MSc or PGDip or PGCert

Key facts

Start dates

September 2020



Course length

Full time: 12 months

Part time: up to 36 months for all awards


Department of Biological and Medical Sciences


Our MSc / PGDip / PGCert Medical Genetics and Genomics course is for graduates aiming for careers in the medical biotechnology, pharma and genomics sectors. As well as for those progressing to research degrees.

With the increase in number of individual genomes being sequenced, this is one of the fastest growing areas of biomedical science.  

You will join a new generation of scientists able to combine genetics and bioinformatics to:

  • understand how genomic changes cause diseases such as cancer
  • enable the development of novel treatments through drugs, gene therapy and prevention strategies. 

Your projects can be linked with specific workplace needs and interests. You can complete these either at Oxford Brookes or within other genomic laboratories with our supervision. You will develop your transferable skills, particularly in communication, organisation and research planning. These skills will assist you when carrying out your research project.

Student conducting an experiment in the lab

How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

You should normally hold a UK honours degree at 2.2. or above in the Life Sciences field, OR equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution in Life Sciences.

Other qualifications may be considered under exceptional circumstances when accompanied by highly relevant professional experience.

You will need to be proficient in the use of internet-based resources and other interactive technologies. You should have reliable and stable access to the Internet. 

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, an Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with 6.5 in Reading and Writing, and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking) is required.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees

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Tuition fees

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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Learning and assessment

This is a 12 month, full-time course (with part-time places available). 

The following options are available:

  • MSc either on a full or part time basis - 120 credits. Individual CPD modules are included
  • Postgraduate Diploma - 120 credits
  • Postgraduate Certificate - 60 credits.

The modules are listed below.

Student typing notes on a laptop in the lab

Study modules

The modules listed below are for the master's award. For the PGDip and PGCert awards your module choices may be different. Please contact us for more details.

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Molecular basis of Human Genetic Disease (20 credits)

In this module you will study the molecular pathology of a number of human monogenic and polygenic diseases.

Genomic Science (20 credits)

This module will focus on sequencing, genome science, genome analysis. 

Advanced Molecular Techniques (20 credits)

In this module you will study molecular biology laboratory techniques.

Functional Genomics and Research Skills Analytical Techniques (20 credits)

In this module you will study statistical genetics, computing, bioinformatics, quantitative genetics, research methods. 

Advances in Medical Genetics (20 credits)

In this module you will study the cutting edge technologies and method in medical genetics, including personalised medicine.

Clinical Genetics and Diagnostics (20 credits)

In this module you will study the current diagnostic techniques for a range of areas, eg. cancer, infectious disease, congenital disorders, etc.

Final project

Compulsory modules

Research Project (60 credits)

Research Project in silico projects.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Throughout the course you will learn skills that are essential for quality outcomes for genomic medicine in practice. This will culminate in the research project, which will enable you to: 

  • undertake research
  • evaluate new findings to implement in patient diagnosis, treatment and care
  • carry out problem-based learning
  • carry out work-based learning
  • develop inter-professional learning for working in specialist and interdisciplinary teams. 

A key outcome of the course is the development of skills in bioinformatics and use of genomic data. So the course includes a large proportion of hands on experience.


Assessment methods used on this course

You will be assessed through a variety of methods during the course. These are based on your learning needs, individual aims and the academic standards expected for the course. And includes access to state-of-art learning technologies via our Moodle platform.  

You will have support from your tutors. They have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.


Our lecturers conduct first-class research. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 80% of our impact was rated 3* or 4*.

Student conducting research in the lab

After you graduate

Career prospects


  • research degree/ PhD
  • pharmaceutical industry
  • biomedical industry
  • NHS scientist
  • medical research
  • academia.

Our Staff

Dr Dianne Newbury

I am a senior lecturer on the MSc Medical Genetics and Genomics programme and I am principal investigator of a research lab in the Department of Health and Life Sciences.

Read more about Dianne

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.