Postgraduate

Genomic Medicine MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Genomic Medicine MSc, PGDip, PGCert

MSc - full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months
PGDip - full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months
PGCert - part time: 9 months
CPD modules available

Profile

This course trains healthcare professionals in how to integrate genomic technology into patient care. We have developed this course with Health Education England (HEE) and Genomics England Ltd (GeL).

This course follows a syllabus specified by HEE to train National Health Service staff in genomic medicine. There is funding available for NHS staff to study genomic medicine at Newcastle.

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 GeL.

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:

  • genomics
  • bioinformatics
  • medical-related research in academia or the pharmaceutical industry
  • the medical application of genomics
  • introducing genomics as a new technology into a healthcare system

As a Newcastle University student, 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 ethicallegal and social issues that surround genomic medicine, and counselling skills.

Delivery

You can study full timepart time, or by module for continuous professional development. The courses are available as flexible blended learning. This means that in each taught module you will have three to four study days, in addition to a distance learning component.

We will challenge and encourage you to think for yourself within a supportive environment. Your personal and welfare tutor will support you with both academic and welfare issues.

You can start your studies in September  (full time and part time courses) or January (part time courses).

A sample of job titles our graduates now hold

Research Technician, Doctor

A sample of employers our graduates now work for

Newgene Limited, NHS, QuantuMDx

Data based on responses from 34 UK, EU and International postgraduate leavers (2011/12, 2012/13) studying in the Genetics. See more about what our graduates do.

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Modules

The number of modules you study depends on the level of qualification you have chosen:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert): 60 credits
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip): 120 credits
  • Master of Science (MSc): 180 credits (The full time Genomic Medicine MSc (5272F) is suspended for 2017 entry) 

You can also choose to study individual modules for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

All taught modules are 15 credits and the majority will require 15 hours of work per week. There are normally 3 or 4 teaching days per module.

Optional module availability may vary depending on how you choose to study:

  • full or part time
  • full time - September start
  • part time - September or January start

You can find further information on the modules under the headings below, including:

  • module aims
  • teaching and assessment methods

Higher Education England (HEE) funded modules can be studied on a non-assessed basis where students attend study days/sessions to gain knowledge. No further time commitment beyond this, is required. To receive a timetable, please contact: pggenomic.medicine@newcastle.ac.uk

Modules for 2017 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2017-2018 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

You can read more about our tuition fees and discounts available.

Tuition fees for 2018-19 have not yet been confirmed.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2017 and 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Health Education England funding

Fees of accepted, eligible NHS-based applicants are paid by Health Education England (HEE) through the Genomics Education Programme (GEP). HEE funding covers the MScPGDip or PGCert either full or part time. HEE will also fund eligible NHS staff to study individual modules as CPD. See further information about HEE funding.

Funding for commissioned places though the GEP is currently only available until March 2018. Taught modules must be completed by September 2018 and research modules must be completed by March 2019. The last intake for part time MSc students with funding guaranteed for the full 2 years was  January 2017.

If you think you qualify for HEE funding you need to follow a dual application process. See our how to apply tab for more information.

Funding opportunities

Funding for UK/EU students Number of awards Value of awards
Postgraduate Master’s Loan Scheme (students from England and non-UK countries)

Maximum of £10,280 (2017 entry)

Non EU students Number of awards Value of awards
Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP)

Not specified.

The scholarship covers tuition fees and living expenses.

Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarships
Our students/graduates Number of awards Value of awards
20% Alumni Tuition Fee Discount

Discount varies by level of tuition fee.

All Students Number of awards Value of awards
MastersCompare Postgraduate Scholarship

1

£5,000

Our students/graduates Number of awards Value of awards
20% Alumni Tuition Fee Discount

Discount varies by level of tuition fee.

UK/EU students Number of awards Value of awards
PhD Studentship in Epidemiology and Public Health using Population-based Cohorts of Ageing in the UK and USA

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual stipend of £14,553. Additional funding is available for research costs and national and international travel (conferences and exchanges)

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Next generation of composite molten salt-ceramic membranes for selective separation of NOx, SO2 and CO2

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,553 (2017/18).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: The Use of Perovskite-type Oxygen-carriers for Hydrogen Production via Chemical Looping

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,553 (2017/18).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship: Health monitoring for wide-bandgap power modules

1

£56,244 in total (over 3 years). Funding covers the cost of annual fees at £4,250 and provides annual maintenance of £14,553 (2017/18 figure). UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except where UK residency has been established for more than 3 years.

Postgraduate Master’s Loan Scheme (students from England and non-UK countries)

Maximum of £10,280 (2017 entry)

Two PhD Studentships in Environmental/Animal Science/Clean Technology - Assessment of Environmental Impact of European Pig Systems

2

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend of £14,533  

Disabled Students' Allowances

Varies

Professional and Career Development Loans

Varies

Industrial CASE PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Data-driven modelling of glass durability and glass pouring rate in nuclear waste vitrification process

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship in Cell and Molecular Biosciences - Virulence factors of human and bird Trichomonad parasites targeting host proteoglycans: integrating evolutionary genomics and molecular cell biology

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553 (full award). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only. 

BBSRC CASE PhD Studentship in Cellular Medicine - Investigating the impact of insulin resistance on ageing, appearance and wellbeing using sleep as a model system

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553 (full award).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Development of novel proton – oxygen ion – electron conducting ceramics

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for a three year duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,533 (2017/18).

The Elsie Jeffery Memorial Bursary

1

£1,000

Subsea UK Subsea Engineering MSc Scholarship

1

£8,000

PhD Studentship - Systems and Methods for Foot Drop Correction

1

The successful candidate will receive a generous studentship of £20,000 per annum for three years (tax-free). The student will also benefit from additional allowance for attendance at conferences and training workshops. 

PhD studentship - Use of cell based therapy in ex-vivo reconditioning of donor organs prior to transplantation

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553.  Also significant additional funding to cover research costs.

PhD in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences - Investigating Cooperative - ITS to deliver Infrastructure as a Service

1

UK: 100% of tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,057pa. EPSRC full award, plus an Industrial Case top up from Siemens making a total allowance of £20,000 pa.

EU: students will receive a tuition fees only award.

PhD in Computer Science - Visualization of Heterogeneous Multi-Source Data

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14.553 (full award)

PhD Studentship in Computing Science - Verification of Portable Synthetic Biocircuits (EPSRC Portabolomics)

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,553 (full award).

International (Non EU) students Number of awards Value of awards
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape - Postgraduate International Scholarship Scheme (2017)

Not specified

£2,000 tuition fee scholarships

Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarships
International Family Discounts (IFD)

10% of the tuition fee per year.

Fulbright Scholarships

Varies

British Marshall Scholarships

40

Varies

Newcastle University Overseas Research Scholarship (NUORS)

Tuition fee scholarships of typically £7,800 - £11,700 per year. The award covers the difference between fees for UK/EU students and international students.

Chinese Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fees scholarships from £5,000 for a range of Business School postgraduate courses.

Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP)

Not specified.

The scholarship covers tuition fees and living expenses.

USA Athlete Scholarship

10

£5000- £8000 payable towards the first year of tuition fees and a comprehensive support package (see Overview for further details).

All students Number of awards Value of awards
PhD Studentship - Tracked Electric Vehicles

1

£56,244 in total (over 3 years). Funding covers the cost of fees and provides an annual maintenance of £14,553 (2017/18 figures).  UK, EU and international applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance.

PhD Studentship in Computing Science - A Computational Systems Biology Approach to Psoriasis Treatment (Rosetrees Trust)

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend of £14,553 (full award).  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

MSc Funding - 1st Class Scholarship (Civil Engineering and Geosciences)

Not specified

£2,000

Clinical Research Funding - various

Varies

Health Education England Bursaries (Physician Associate Studies, PGDip)

20 awards for 2017 entry

£18,000 bursary (£9,000 per year) and a contribution towards travel costs. The Bursary is paid as a tuition fee discount direct to the University.

School and Research Institute Studentships, Bursaries and Scholarships

Varies

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Instalments
2% Tuition Fee Discount

2% off annual tuition fee

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

Varies

Varies.

Sir Mark Waller Postgraduate Law Scholarships

6 for international students, 2 for home/EU students.

Full and partial (£2,500-£3,000) tuition fee scholarships.

Charities and Trusts

Varies

Allergy Module Funding

Varies

Employer Sponsorship

Varies

FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com Postgraduate Scholarships

Not specified.

FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com are offering £12,000 in scholarships for postgraduate study.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

15

£500 payable towards tuition fees.

Teacher Training (PGCE programmes)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip Bursaries

£2,000

Sport Scholarships

Varies

£500 - £10,000

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Mathematical modelling studies of rhythmic hydrogels for medical applications

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, 100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fees scholarships from £2,000 - £5,000 for a range of Business School Master’s courses.

MBA Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fee scholarships of £6,000 will be awarded to high achieving MBA candidates.

MBA Leadership Scholarships

Tuition fee scholarships of £10,000 will be awarded to high achieving MBA candidates.

Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation MLitt/PhD Studentships for Studies Relating to Japan

Up to 3 (MLitt or PhD)

£10,000,contributing towards your MLitt/PhD tuition fees and living costs. 

MastersCompare Postgraduate Scholarship

1

£5,000

PhD studentship in Biochemistry and Structural Biology – The Molecular Structure of Meiotic Chromosomes

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expense of £14,553.  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD studentship - Long-term training load management and recovery strategies in elite rugby union players (Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club and Newcastle University)

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,533. Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Computing Science - Data Driven Computer Modelling of Brain Injury Recovery

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend of £14,553 (full award).  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Hodcroft Larsen Postgraduate Scholarship

1

£3,000

Entry Requirements

honours degree, or international equivalent, in a healthcare profession or relevant discipline if you are already working in healthcare.

We will also consider your application if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and are working in the healthcare profession or related field.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 7.0 in all sub-skills).

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Start dates

There are usually two start dates for this course:

  • September (full time, part time, and CPD options)
  • January (part time and CPD options)

We advise international students to apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Course Codes

When you make your online application insert one of the following course codes on the 'Programme of Study' page:

  • 5272F MSc Genomic Medicine – full time September start. This course is suspended for 2017 entry.
  • 5273P MSc Genomic Medicine – part time September start (*)
  • 5274P MSc Genomic Medicine – part time January start (*
  • 3487F Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine – 1 year September start (full time) (*)
  • 3488P Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine – 2 years September start (part time) (*)
  • 3489P Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine – 2 year January start (part time) (*)
  • 3128P Postgraduate Certificate in Genomic Medicine – September start (part time)
  • 3129P Postgraduate Certificate in Genomic Medicine – January start (part time) (*)
  • 6050P CPD module

If you are applying for a CPD module you should apply on the CPD programme (6050P) and please include the module name and code you wish to study in your personal statement, eg 'I would like to study the CPD Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics module (GNM8000).

(*) The only courses available for 2017 entry for both funded and self-funded students are the Postgraduate Certificate starting in September and CPD modules.  We are waiting for HEE to confirm if they will fund the other Genomic Medicine courses starting in September 2017. If funding is received there may be an opportunity to transfer to another course. If the funding is not renewed, we will not run the other courses. A decision is expected by May 2017. We will update this page when we know the outcome of this decision.    

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Applying for Health Education England (HEE) funding

Applying for HEE funding for the Genomic Medicine MSc, PGDip, PGCert is a dual process. You need to:

  • apply to Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme for funding to cover your course fees. Go to the HEE application form
  • apply for the course

 

Contact

Dr Michael Jackson
Degree Programme Director
Institute of Genetic Medicine
Telephone: +44(0) 191 241 8677
Email: pggenomic.medicine@newcastle.ac.uk