Rapid advances in genetics and genomics is revolutionising the practice of modern medicine and healthcare and as such health and medical services around the globe are preparing their work forces for genomics integration. Run with the collaborative partner Diploma MSc, the Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare will provide an integrated approach to this interesting subject, and will focus on applying scientific principles to direct patient care.
This Postgraduate Diploma is aimed at General Medical Practitioners, Specialist Medical Practitioners (for example working in Paediatrics, General Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Medical Oncology), Nurses (Oncology, Cardiology, Paediatrics, Neurology etc), Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists). The course will also be of interest to those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Dietetics, Biomedical Science and Pharmacy) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare course is run with the collaborative partner MSc Diploma (Learna LTD). Follow the course link for further information Genomic Medicine and Healthcare course.
The Diploma course aims to equip graduates with critical knowledge and understanding of genomics medicine. Graduates will be able to apply knowledge for direct clinical benefit and future study.
On completion of the Genomic Medicine Diploma you will demonstrate:
• A systematic understanding of genetics and genomic factors in human diseases
• A critical awareness of current issues affecting the management of inherited human diseases
• An advanced knowledge of clinical genomics that will facilitate decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations
• An ability to critically evaluate current research in applied and translational genetics and genomics
• An ability to deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients with inherited human diseases
• A basic understanding of the scope and effect of genomics on treatments including horizon scanning of potential new targeted treatments for the wider population.
Module 1 – Principles of Medical Genetics and Genomics (20 credits)
Module 2 – Genetic Counselling (20 credits)
Module 3 – Genomics and Society (20 credits)
Module 4 – Practice of Clinical Genomics (20 credits)
Module 5 – Reproductive Genomics (20 credits)
Module 6 – Genomic Healthcare (20 credits)
The Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare course is delivered through a 100% online learning environment however there is opportunity to attend a pre-course lecture series in either the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales) or South Africa (CDE Johannesberg).
Dedicated and experienced tutors will deliver the course content, which will require students to communicate directly, and actively participate in discussions on the forum. Students will participate in both individual and group projects throughout their studies.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care.
Each of the six modules have the same assessment format. Students are assessed across the following components of the module:
Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion – 40%
Individual learning portfolio – 10%
Group/individual activity – 20%
Case based examination – 30%
As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.
The course is delivered by a board who have an established reputation in genetics/genomics education and clinical practice:
Prof Dhavendra Kumar, Consultant Clinical Geneticist, Course Director
Professor Kumar serves on Executive committees of major international organizations, particularly the Human Genome Organization International (HUGO), the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the Human Variome Project (ISAC/HVP) and the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH).
Admission to the course is typically through the following qualifications:
• First degree or equivalent (including international qualifications).
• Relevant professional healthcare (e.g. doctor, nurse) qualifications.
Those without recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. Applicants seeking to access this mechanism will submit evidence to the Course Director at Learna Ltd. The portfolio will subsequently be examined in liaison with the Course Link at the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at degree level. This process is in line with the University of South Wales’ Regulations.
English language requirements for overseas applicants (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) are in line with USW requirements for postgraduate study.
Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:
• Qualification certificates
• One written reference
• English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)
Postgraduate Certificate: Students may exit and gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare after successfully completing 60 credits from the first three modules.
Fees apply to new students starting a course in the academic year indicated. Full-time fees are per year and part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course. USW Postgraduate Bursary is now available for new UK and EU students starting an eligible course in 2018-19. International Scholarships are also available for self-funding international students.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the genomic evidence to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to genomic medicine and healthcare. The course has been developed for health professionals who are interested in leadership roles within multi-specialty teams offering and advising people on health risks related to uncommon genetic (inherited) diseases or genetic/genomic predisposition for common human diseases.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.