Friday, 16 March 2018 08:17

Master’s in Genomic Medicine: funding reopens

Funding application process relaunched for full and part-time study in genomics at partner universities from this autumn

Following the successful development and commissioning of a Master’s in Genomic Medicine for NHS staff, Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme (GEP) is delighted to announce that funding applications are now open for the next iteration of this popular programme.

Seven universities have been awarded contracts to deliver the Master’s programme from autumn 2018, which will be open to NHS staff to undertake individual CPPD modules, postgraduate certificates (4 modules) and diplomas (8 modules), up to a full Master’s degree (12 modules). HEE will fund the course fees for around 1,000 modules a year, for a minimum of three years.

Three-step process

There are three key components to applications for the GEP’s Master’s programme: the individuals’ funding application, their university application, and their line manager’s supporting information.

Interested NHS staff in England should apply to the GEP for funding alongside making a separate course application to their chosen university. 

Once the funding application is submitted, the individual’s line manager will then be emailed with a request for supporting information.

The GEP assesses each funding application against two main criteria:

  1. The individual must be an NHS healthcare professional working in England.
  2. The individual’s line manager must support the application, and provide details of how the course will meet a development need, and how the knowledge acquired from the course will be applied in their professional role. 

Equitable access across the country

Imperial College London, St George’s University of London (with Kings College London), Queen Mary University of London, University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, University of Exeter and University of Manchester (with the University of Liverpool) will form a network of higher education institutions delivering a co-ordinated programme of education.

Commissioned places will be evenly distributed across the chosen providers in the first instance. The universities will be expected to ensure their modules are open to all potential students on a nationwide basis, and are encouraged to recruit from a national pool of candidates to demonstrate equity of access to the programme.

To find out more or apply for funding to study, please visit the taught courses section of this website.