Genomics and Precision Medicine MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Overview

Course facts

  • Name: Genomics and Precision Medicine
  • Qualification: MSc/PGDip/PGCert
  • Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

New genetic and genomic technologies are allowing us to develop a much more detailed understanding of the link between our genes and health. In recent years there has been international recognition that these technologies have the potential to revolutionise medicine and public health. However, to realise this vision we need people with the specialised knowledge base, understanding and skill sets for application and delivery of genomic and precision medicine in medical and clinical institutions, academic institutions and industry.

This program is linked to the Welsh Government all-Wales strategy to offer training and education in Genomic and Precision Medicine related subjects to support the development of the clinical, and clinical-associated workforce in Wales. The course will provide the opportunity to develop a fundamental understanding of the platform technologies employed in genomics analysis, utilise genomic data-analytical skills to make clinically and patient relevant interpretations of results and data and, importantly accurately and ethically report and convey findings to colleagues and patients.

The program’s modular design and delivery formats are optimised for healthcare professionals and students, in, or entering into the clinic or clinically-associated environment, throughout Wales.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

This programme will provide a multi-disciplinary and multi-professional perspective of the current and rapidly developing field of genomics, genomic applications and precision medicine, in both the clinic and in research. The course is based on the Genomic Medicine MSc programme framework of the Health Education England (HEE) training programme.

Using the very latest methodologies, the programme will provide the opportunity to develop knowledge and critical understanding of cutting edge developments in genomic and precision, and how research is driving the rapidly-changing clinical and research environments. 

Successful students will gain an in depth understanding of the important genomic technologies and be able to use genomic information and data as part of a diagnostic, prognostic and treatment pathway. Knowledge of the computational and bioinformatics requirements of genomic and precision medicine (including concepts of data quality, statistical methods and biological interpretation) will be covered together with the importance of recognition of ethical, legal and social issues that play an important role in the development and application of genomic methods to healthcare. Students will also learn how to engage and communicate effectively, with diverse communities, and how to summarise and disseminate information including test results in oral and written forms to colleagues, patients and the public.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching occurs via lectures, practical classes and group work - including case centred discussions delivered by academic clinicians who hold joint University and Health board contracts. Students benefit from a high number of contact hours that includes utilisation of our state-of-the art teaching laboratories. Academic assessment methods include written reports, oral and poster presentations and continuous assessment essays.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Genomics and Precision Medicine Modules page.

Entry Requirements

Health institutions route entry: non-graduate applicants will require relevant qualifications and/or significant relevant work experience deemed of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate level education.

Academic route entry: applicants will require a BSc level degree (2:2 or higher), in a medically related life science subject area, from a recognised Higher Education Institution.

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Ask the IEC for assistance...

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email international@bangor.ac.uk

Apply

How to Apply

Home/EU students

Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Apply online

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: postgraduate@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here.  For further guidance click here

Need help applying? International students please contact:

International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer.

Careers and Employability

As a successful graduate of Genomics and Precision Medicine from Bangor University you will be will prepared for a career in this exiting and growing area of medicine.

Through part time or full-time study options, the course will provide both enhanced career development opportunities for personal already working in the clinical/healthcare sector or open new routes of employment.

Successful graduates will be well-positioned to critically evaluate published literature with respect to the patient and carer perspective of genomic medicine and exercise initiative to make informed decisions in relation to the application of genomics and precision medicine in a clinical context. They will also be able to deliver support, implementation and development, and research roles in the rapidly expanding field of Genomic Precision Medicine; in medical and clinical institutions, academic institutions and industry. Overall employer feedback for our graduates is excellent and up to 100% of our graduates from some courses are in professional posts within 6 months of graduating.

Research / Links with Industry

The academics involved with this course have extensive clinical and research links with NHS University Health Boards and other external bodies and companies, which are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern clinical, research, academic or industrial environments graduates may enter.

Funding

Application for WEDS funded study

WEDS funding applications are currently only open to UK resident staff members, currently employed by Public Health Wales or NHS Wales.

Application work flow for WEDS funding

  • Applicants should apply for either full time or part time study for the GPM degree
  • Offers for study will be then be considered for conditionally approval based upon the level of appropriate academic background and work background and current C.V. 
  • Upon receipt of confirmation of a conditional offer for study, applicants should then submit to their line managers and/or Heads of Division, evidence of their Bangor University conditional offer for study and appropriate supporting evidence, that undertaking study of GPM degree will enhance their current and/or future career practice. Service approval for eligibility to apply for WEDS funding will then considered. 
  • Service approval will be sanctioned by drafting of a letter of support, outlining organisational sanction for study and agreement of the required period of study leave (full time or part time).
  • Service approval documentation should then be submitted to WEDS for confirmation of funding.
  • Finally, upon receipt of WEDS confirmation, copies of Service approval and WEDS funding approval should be uploaded to the applicant's Bangor University GPM application portal.
  • Conditional offers will then be upgraded to unconditional offers of study.

Further information

Contact us

If you have additional questions about academic aspects of the course, please e-mail medsciences@bangor.ac.uk

Phone: 01248 383244

The Bangor University School of Medical Sciences has a long track record of educational excellence in the areas of Biomedical, Clinical and Medical Sciences. In 2017, Bangor University achieved a Gold Award for 'outstanding teaching' in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). If you haven't already done so have a look at this page for a further reasons why you should consider studying with us.

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