This course is 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. 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.
10 modules, comprising the 8 modules as described by the Postgraduate Diploma plus 2 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 * (9-13 Oct 2017); Core Module 2: Omics techniques and their application to genomic medicine * (20-24 Nov 2017); Core Module 3: Genomics of common and rare inherited diseases * (14-18 May 2018); Core Module 4: Molecular pathology of cancer and application in cancer diagnosis, screening, and treatment * (5-9 Feb 2018); Core Module 5: Application of genomics in infectious disease (7-11 Jan 2019); Core Module 6: Pharmacogenetics and stratified healthcare (19-23 Nov 2018); Core Module 7: Bioinformatics, interpretation, and data quality assurance in genome analysis (11-15 Feb 2019); Option Module 1: Ethical, Legal and Social Implications in applied genomics (ELSI); Option Module 2: Counselling skills for genomics (Dates tbc); Option Module 3: Professional and research skills ; Option Module 4: Advanced Bioinformatics – from genomes to systems (Dates tbc); Option Module 5: Epigenetics and epigenomics (Dates tbc); Option Module 6: Expanding the content of the MSt in genomic medicine with a workplace-based module .
Students are assessed formatively throughout the taught modules of the programme using a variety of techniques. There may also a requirement for the students to take part in peer review of other students. For each of the 4 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).
Applicants are normally expected to a hold a 2.1 degree or higher from a UK university or an equivalent from an overseas university. Applicants whose 1st language is not English should have an IELTS score of 7.0, with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading.
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