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


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.


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).

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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:

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

2018-2019 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.

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 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

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.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at for further information.

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

How to Apply

If you are applying for the CPD module (6050P), please use our Applicant Portal. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

For any other course applications (eg MSc, PGDip, PGCert), please contact us for more information (see details below): 

Telephone: +44(0) 191 241 8677

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 2017-18 entry.
  • 5273P MSc Genomic Medicine – part time September start This course is suspended for 2017-18 entry.
  • 5274P MSc Genomic Medicine – part time January start This course is suspended for 2017-18 entry.
  • 3487F Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine – 1 year September start (full time)*This course is suspended for 2017-18 entry.
  • 3488P Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine – 2 years September start (part time)This course is suspended for 2017-18 entry.
  • 3489P Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine – 2 year January start (part time)This course is suspended for 2017-18 entry.
  • 3128P Postgraduate Certificate in Genomic Medicine – September start (part time)
  • 3129P Postgraduate Certificate in Genomic Medicine – January start (part time)*This course is suspended for 2017-18 entry.
  • 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 
  • CPD modules

HEE have confirmed that there will be no funding for other courses in 2017. A decision on funding for courses in September 2018 is due in February 2018.


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



Dr Michael Jackson
Degree Programme Director
Institute of Genetic Medicine
Telephone: +44(0) 191 241 8677

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