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Medical Genetics and Genomics

MSc / PGDip / PGCert

Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

The advent of affordable rapid genome sequencing will produce enormous amounts of genetic data on both individuals and populations, and the challenge for scientists is to unlock the potential of this ‘big data’. Doing so requires a new generation of scientists who can combine genetics and bioinformatics to understand how genomic changes cause diseases such as cancer, thus enabling the development of novel treatments, through drugs and gene therapy, and prevention strategies. With the huge expansion in number of individual genomes being sequenced, this is one of the fastest growing areas of biomedical science as we embrace the era of personalised medicine.

This 12 month, full-time course (with part-time places available) is aimed at graduates (UK/ EU, International) wishing to develop skills and knowledge in human genetics and genome analysis for employment in the medical biotechnology/pharma and genomics sector, and those wishing to go on to do research degrees.

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 12 months
  • Part time: up to 36 months for all awards.

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Our lecturers conduct first-class research, with over 95% of Biological Science research internationally recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
  • You will be taught by Oxford Brookes staff, with specialist lectures provided by staff of other partners in the Oxford Academic Health Sciences Centre, and will have a range of project opportunities using human genome data.
  • Over £8 million will be invested in Bioscience facilities from 2015.
  • Projects may be linked to specific needs and interests in the work-place, at Brookes or within other genomic laboratories under Brookes supervision.
  • We also have strong links with local industry.
  • You will develop your transferable skills, particularly communication, organisation and research planning, which will assist you when carrying out your research project and can provide a basis for application for a research degree or career in genomics research.

Molecular basis of Human Genetic Disease (20 credits) – the molecular pathology of a number of human monogenic and polygenic diseases.
Genomic Science (20 credits) - sequencing, genome science, genome analysis.
Advanced Molecular Techniques (20 credits) - molecular biology laboratory techniques.
Functional Genomics and Research Skills Analytical Techniques (20 credits) - statistical genetics, computing, bioinformatics, quantitative genetics, research methods.
Advances in Medical Genetics (20 credits) – the cutting edge technologies and method in medical genetics, including personalised medicine. 
Clinical Genetics and Diagnostics (20 credits) - current diagnostic techniques for a range of areas, e.g. cancer, infectious disease, congenital disorders, etc.
Research Project (60 credits) in silico projects.

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module lists you choose from may vary from the ones shown here.

Teaching and learning

The taught programme will be available with options for full-time and part-time MSc (180 credits), as well as individual CPD modules. Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma qualifications are also possible, requiring 60 and 120 credits, respectively.

Approach to assessment

Assessment methods used within the course are varied and are designed to be stimulating as well as academically rigorous. They are based on your learning needs, individual aims and the academic standards expected for the course.

You will receive unparalleled support from tutors and have access to state-of-the-art learning technologies via our Moodle platform. Our tutors have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.

Embedded throughout the curriculum are skills that are essential to achieve quality outcomes for genomic medicine in practice. This will develop skills culminating in the research project, which will enable students to undertake research and evaluate new findings to implement in patient diagnosis, treatment and care, problem-based learning, work-based learning and inter-professional learning to develop skills for working in specialist and interdisciplinary teams. The development of skills in bioinformatics and use of genomic data will be a key outcome so the programme has a large proportion of hands on experience.

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.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2019/20: £9,080 2020/21: £9,500

Home/EU - part time fee: 2019/20: £4,630 2020/21: £4,750

International - full time: 2019/20: £16,120 2020/21: £16,650

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

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. 

English language requirements

Please see the university's standard English language requirements

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.

International applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

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.

How this course helps you develop

You will develop the in-depth knowledge and specialised skills required to apply genetics and genomics theory to practical problems in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries, and to undertake research in genetics and genome analysis.

Students will acquire knowledge and skills for employment or PhD positions in the expanding fields of genomics, bioinformatics, or other medically-related research, and academia.

During the course of this programme you will develop a network of colleagues and experts from this field. 


  • Research Degree/ PhD
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Biomedical Industry
  • NHS Scientist
  • Medical Research
  • Academia

How Brookes supports postgraduate students

All our courses adopt a student-centred approach to teaching and learning and are strongly focused on encouraging you to attain your full potential as lifelong learners.

There is a range of support mechanisms for students, such as academic advisers, who will facilitate your academic development, and student support co-ordinators, who provide a drop-in service for queries about any aspect of student life, covering both academic and personal welfare.

The university’s support services include Upgrade, which provides advice on study skills such as planning and writing essays, assignments and dissertations, research, or preparing for an exam. They also give advice on statistics and maths. There is a dedicated Student Disability and Dyslexia Service, which provides support for students with disabilities including sensory and mobility impairments, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, mental health problems and medical conditions. Here, staff offer advice and support on a range of issues, including physical access, funding, alternative assessment arrangements and liaison with teaching staff to ensure that they are aware of your requirements.

EU/International Students

As a new EU or international student you will join the Academic and Cultural Orientation Programme, which has been set up to enable you to make a smooth transition into study at the university. Within the sessions, you will explore the culture of the university, which will assist you in developing the appropriate academic skills required for your programme of study. The university also provides a comprehensive range of support networks and services to EU/international students. For more information, go to www.brookes.ac.uk/international/why-oxford-brookes/support/

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Research highlights


  • Top post '92 University Biological Sciences submission
  • 95% of research internationally recognised
  • Double the percentage 4* and treble the percentage 3* research compared to 2008, with 58% of research being world leading or internationally excellent
  • 80% of impact rated 3* or 4*

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