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Medical Genetics and Genomics MSc or PGDip or PGCert

Medical Genetics and Genomics MSc or PGDip or PGCert

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Full time | Headington Campus | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary


Our MSc / PGDip / PGCert Medical Genetics and Genomics course is for graduates aiming for careers in the medical biotechnology, pharma and genomics sectors. As well as for those progressing to research degrees.

With the increase in number of individual genomes being sequenced, this is one of the fastest growing areas of biomedical science.

You will join a new generation of scientists able to combine genetics and bioinformatics to:

understand how genomic changes cause diseases such as cancer
enable the development of novel treatments through drugs, gene therapy and prevention strategies.

Your projects can be linked with specific workplace needs and interests. You can complete these either at Oxford Brookes or within other genomic laboratories with our supervision. You will develop your transferable skills, particularly in communication, organisation and research planning. These skills will assist you when carrying out your research project.

After you graduate

Career prospects


research degree/ PhD
pharmaceutical industry
biomedical industry
NHS scientist
medical research

Students can also exit with Pgdip/PgCert awards.


Our understanding of basic concepts in molecular biology has given rise to the different ‘omics’ areas of modern research and application (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics etc.). This module will begin by refreshing your understanding of topics such as DNA structure, replication, mutation and repair, and gene expression. We will also explore how the biological concepts have been exploited by scientists to derive and apply the wide array of methodologies that have come to be known collectively by the term “molecular biology”, such as DNA cloning, PCR, quantitative PCR, microarrays and RNA interference. This expanding collection of technologies provides scientists with a fundamental basis for studying biological processes and various aspects of human disease. Several of these techniques will be used, through laboratory-based practical work, to deepen your understanding and illustrate potential applications.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should normally hold a UK honours degree at 2.2. or above in the Life Sciences field, OR equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution in Life Sciences. Other qualifications may be considered under exceptional circumstances when accompanied by highly relevant professional experience. You will need to be proficient in the use of internet-based resources and other interactive technologies. You should have reliable and stable access to the Internet.

University information

Oxford Brookes University has grown to become one of the UK's top modern universities, and is highly regarded both nationally and internationally for its excellence in teaching, research and innovation. Oxford Brookes University brings together high-quality teaching with courses designed for the real world, great employer links and a first-class careers service. The University has four main faculties: Oxford Brookes Business...more

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