The Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine follows a syllabus specified by HEE to train National Health Service staff. There is funding available for NHS staff to study genomic medicine.
This course will help you lead the holistic integration of genomic technology into patient care within the NHS. This includes the ambitious 100,000 Genomes Project at Genomics England.
The course is especially for NHS professionals to improve skills and support career progression. It is also suitable for healthcare professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, including those working, or wanting to work, in other healthcare systems. The course is suitable for non-healthcare professionals too. In developing your knowledge and skills in genomics, the course will prepare you for work or PhD study in:
- medical-related research in academia or the pharmaceutical industry
- the medical application of genomics
- introducing genomics as a new technology into a healthcare system
You will learn from world-leading experts in genomics. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner.
The course begins with an introduction to genomics. You’ll focus on the basics of DNA, genes and genetics. It will bring you up to speed with the current understanding of whole-genome information. We will introduce you to:
- the technologies for generating genome-wide data
- how to analyse and integrated the vast quantity of information generated
- how to produce meaningful information for those with inherited conditions or diseases like cancer
You will learn how to:
- interrogate genomic data using bioinformatic tools
- identify and investigate the pathogenicity of genetic variants and relate them to real-life case-studies.
Other core modules consider the role of genomics in infectious disease and pharmacogenomics, while optional modules explore the ethical, legal and social issues that surround genomic medicine, and counselling skills.
Students choosing the PGcert will study 4 taught modules. Please check with your preferred university for details of mandatory and optional modules.
* These modules have been developed by the provider to be offered in addition to the national Genomics Education Programme core and optional modules.
Funding is limited to NHS healthcare professionals working in England from the full range of professional backgrounds and groups (such as medicine, nursing, healthcare scientists and technologists). To take the PGCert programme, individual professionals will be expected to meet the standard entry requirements for the university to which they are applying. Typically, this will include having a good first degree and minimum English language requirements. They will also need to have the support of their employing organisation.
Please check with your preferred university to obtain details of the entry criteria and timing before going through the funding application process.
The funding application process in full
To apply for HEE-funded PGCert in Genomic Medicine you will need to first apply to the Genomics Education Programme for funding to cover the course fees and you will also need to go through the master’s application process with your chosen university.
The process for applying comprises 6 steps. Please complete all of steps 1 to 4 to ensure your application is dealt with as quickly as possible.
- First, check that you are eligible for HEE PGCert funding according to the funding rules outlined above.
- You should then decide which of the universities you will be applying to. A full list university providers are identified below. Click on their logos for more information.
- You should discuss your proposed application, as well as your application for HEE funding with your line manager.
- Having secured your manager’s approval to undertake the PGCert, you should complete the appropriate university application process in addition to the HEE funding application.
- HEE Genomics Education Programme will assess completed funding applications within two weeks of receipt of your managers approval. Funding decisions will be made by the Genomics Education Programme team and ratified by the Senior Responsible Officer.
- If funding is approved, HEE Genomics Education Programme will inform:
- The applicant
- The employer
- The relevant training lead within the applicant’s HEE Local Education and Training Board
- The applicant’s NHS England Genomic Medicine Centre (where applicable).
Please download a visual flow diagram outlining the funding application and approval process.
Frequently Asked Questions
The NHS trust that employs me is not part of a designated Genomic Medicine Centre (GMC). Can I still apply for funding?
I have been awarded funding, started the programme but I am unable to complete the programme. What are my options?
Funding is awarded for the period specified in the application form and there is no automatic ability to defer completion of the programme. You should speak to your preferred University provider in the first instance about your situation and also contact the Genomics Education Programme team regarding funding.
You may choose to reduce the workload of your programme by switching from a full MSc to a Diploma or Certificate. See the relevant pages of this website for more information or contact your course provider.
How much study time is required to undertake this programme?
Study time will vary across the delivery partners. You are advised to visit your preferred University website site for more information or to contact the relevant course lead. Most modules generally involve approximately 5 days of face to face teaching, followed by between 2-4 weeks of independent study and assessment preparation.
A distance learning option is provided at Queen Mary University of London.
Can I build up my CPPD modules to a full Master’s, PGDip or PGCert qualification?
The process and ability to do this will be dependent on your preferred University and you should contact them to discuss available options.
I am eligible but have been refused a commissioned place – why?
This may be due to the following potential reasons:
- The University you have applied for has used up all its commissioned allocations
- The total number of available national commissions have been fully allocated
- We are now applying controls to the commissioned places based on healthcare profession roles to provide some equitable access across professions on a national scale
I am not eligible for a HEE funded commissioned place – can I self-fund?
This should be discussed with your preferred University
Do you have to have the university place confirmed before you submit an application for funding?
No – as long as the programme start date for your preferred University falls within the specified academic year for the funding application period.
I work for an organisation that provides services to the NHS – am I eligible to apply?
Yes – please provide details in the additional information section of the funding application form.