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Postgraduate Admissions

The programme aims to:

  • provide professionally relevant teaching and learning informed by research in an integrated clinical and research environment;
  • develop and create a cohort of doctors and other professionals allied to medicine able to pursue and develop their roles in the  rapidly-changing and challenging environment of genomic medicine;
  • prepare healthcare professionals for the adoption of genomic technologies and the increasing use of genomic information as part of the diagnostic and treatment pathway;
  • develop researchers competent in the use of genomic technologies for biomedical research
  • develop a cohort of health care professionals with the ability and confidence to lead service improvement for safe and high quality patient care
  • develop a cohort of health care professionals allied to medicine with an understanding of research methodologies and clinical opportunities relevant to genomic medicine;
  • encourage a commitment to intellectual challenge and evidence-based clinical practice informed by the latest conceptual and theoretical knowledge of genomic medicine;
  • develop students' intellectual, practical and transferable skills related to genomic medicine;
  • encourage critical thinking related to genomic medicine;
  • conduct systematic research relevant to their professional practice.
  • Equip students for entry into health care professional training schemes including graduate entry medicine courses
  • Prepare students for undertaking research fellowships and degrees (PhD) in genomic medicine-related research fields
  • Provide students from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other industries with an understanding of the relevance of advances in genomics for current and future health care

Learning Outcomes

The over-arching learning outcomes are as follows.

Knowledge and understanding

  • To enhance students’ knowledge and critical understanding of recent developments in genomic medicine relevant to their present and future roles.
  • To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of genomic medicine informed by research in a rapidly changing integrated clinical and research environment.
  • To enable deployment of new knowledge in their clinical practice, and to have a positive personal impact on the work of others in their clinical team and wider service.
  • To develop an understanding of genomic technologies and to be able to use genomic information as part of the diagnostic and treatment pathway.
  • To develop students’ knowledge so that they have the confidence to lead service improvement for safe and high-quality patient care.
  • To update and extend students’ understanding of research methodologies and clinical opportunities.
  • To demonstrate knowledge, abilities and skills to engage in focused, professionally relevant, independent learning, and through the production of a dissertation.

Skills and other attributes

  • The skills necessary to locate, read, interpret and analyse primary and secondary sources of material enabling the development of a conceptual and theoretical understanding of recent developments in genomic medicine.
  • Skills to evaluate current scholarship and research critically and to place this knowledge within the context of their own situation and practice as clinical leaders.
  • The ability to formulate a research topic relevant to their clinical context, to collect and analyse primary and/or secondary sources of data, and to undertake professionally relevant research.
  • The facility to communicate the results of their ideas, research and its conclusions in a written form acceptable as a work of scholarship potentially publishable in a professional or academic journal.


Those who wish to progress to a PhD after completing an MPhil will be required to satisfy their potential supervisor, Head of Department and the Faculty Degree Committee that they have the skills and ability to achieve the higher degree.

Open Days

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details

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Key Information

12 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Medical Genetics

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 30, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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