This Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine follows a syllabus specified by HEE to train National Health Service staff.
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
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 PGDip will study 8 taught modules. Please check with your preferred university for details of mandatory and optional modules.
- Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics
- Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine
- Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Disease
- Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment
- Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare
- Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease
- Bioinformatics, Interpretation, Statistics & Data Quality Assurance in Genomics
- Research Project
- Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Applied Genomics
- Counselling Skills for Genomics
- Economic Models and Human Genomics
- Workplace-based Learning in Genomic Medicine
- Genomic Medicine Professional & Research Skills
- Advanced Bioinformatics *
- Genomics and the Patient *
- Genome-Based Therapeutics *
- Laboratory Skills for Genomics *
- Epigenetics in Human Health and Diseases *
- Cardiovascular Genetics and Genomics *
* These modules have been developed by the provider to be offered in addition to the national Genomics Education Programme core and optional modules.