Course Overview

Based on the indicative curriculum of Health Education England, NHS England and Genomics England LTD, our course will equip research scientists and Health Care Professionals with; knowledge and skills to understand and interpret genomic data, an understanding of genetic and genomic techniques in a clinical setting, bioinformatic approaches required for analysis of genomic data, advanced knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to develop and deliver personalised health care.

WEDS Funding Available

Key Features

Students will be introduced to:

  • The fundamentals of human genetics and genomics
  • Techniques required for DNA and RNA sequencing to study genomic variation observed in the clinical setting
  • Bioinformatic approaches required for the analysis of genomic data

Subsequent study will build on these foundations. Specific modules focus on:

  • The application of genomics to Molecular Pathology of Cancer
  • Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease
  • Common and rare inherited diseases


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PMGM00Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)20Bioinformatics for Genome Analysis
PMGM11Academic Year10Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics
PMGM12Academic Year20Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine
PMGM13Academic Year10Ethical, Legal and Societal Issues (ELSI) in Applied Genomics

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PMGM14Academic Year10Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening, and Treatment
PMGM15Academic Year10Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease
PMGM16Academic Year20Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Disease
Optional Modules
Research Element of Studies 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please ensure you have discussed your research intentions with your Academic Mentor.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PMGM17Academic Year60Research Dissertation
PMGM18Academic Year60Critical Literature Review


This course is primarily informed by the design developed to equip graduates, and a diverse range of healthcare professionals, with an appreciation and education in genomics and genomic technology. As an emerging field of expertise this knowledge and understanding of genomics will prepare graduates to translate their newfound knowledge of genomics into the clinical setting to inform patient care.

This course has been developed in line with Health Education England, NHS England and Genomics England Ltd.

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of human genetics and genomics along with techniques required for DNA and RNA sequencing to study genomic variation observed in the clinical setting. A third module entitled Data Analysis for Health and Medical Sciences, will introduce the bioinformatic approaches required for the analysis of genomic data.

Students will learn and be taught through a variety of methods including: lectures, workshops, tutorials, practical sessions, work-based learning and guest lectures by professionals, practitioners and respected academics. 

Employability is key to this programme. Our students will be able to enhance their employability skills through their education and training in genomic medicine, transforming both the specialist and general workforce within the NHS. Furthermore, for non-NHS funded students, this programme will prepare graduates for careers in the clinical setting for which a knowledge of genomics will improve service delivery to patients.    

The masters’ element of this programme will require students to complete a Research Project or in depth literature review. Students will be encouraged to undertake their research project within the NHS, either within the students hosting NHS department or where they may expect to work following graduation.

Entry Requirements

2.2 honours degree or above in a bioscience or health related discipline e.g. genetics, biochemistry, biological sciences, medical biosciences, pharmacy, pharmacology*

Applications from candidates who can demonstrate sufficient relevant work experience may also be considered on an individual basis, for example:

  • a relevant professional qualification at a suitable level
  • several years' relevant post-qualifying professional experience, at least some of which must be at a responsible level
  • completion of at least three years of an undergraduate medical degree

*Degrees awarded in countries other than the UK can be accepted if they are confirmed to be equivalent to awards in the UK system and students meet English Language requirements with an IELTS score of 7 or above (or equivalent)

How To Apply

NHS Funded applications will need to include an up-to-date CV (including a personal statement outlining the relevance of the course to the applicants professional development) and letter of support from the applicants Head of Department.

1. Online application

Please read our Guidance Notes before applying online. Online application is the quickest way to apply and receive a decision on your application.

Deadline for applications is 12th of March 2018

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2. Apply by Post or Email

Please download our Application Pack [PDF] and send the completed form by post or email to :

Postgraduate Admissions Office 
Swansea University 
Singleton Park 
SA2 8PP 
United Kingdom

Email: Tel: +44(0)1792 295358

Reference form

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Admissions Policy

For more information, please download our Admissions Policy [PDF]

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Part-time £6,000 £10,000

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Funding opportunities

PG loans available. Find out what funding is available here

Please note: fees of accepted, eligible NHS-based applicants will be paid by the Workforce Education and Development Services (WEDS).

Workforce Education and Development Services (WEDS) funding

WEDS is offering to pay the tuition fees for eligible staff working for the NHS in Wales, to study for the MSc, PG Dip or PG Cert in Genomic Medicine (part-time only).