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Graduate 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 a cohort of doctors and other professionals allied to medicine with the confidence to lead service improvement for safe and high-quality patient care, and with the required knowledge, skills and capability to have a positive personal impact on the work of others;
  • develop a cohort of doctors and other 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; and
  • conduct systematic research relevant to their professional practice.

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.

Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. 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

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
June 30, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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