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The MPhil comprises either:

  1. eight modules, plus a research project and associated dissertation of 10,000 to 12,000 words, or
  2. ten modules, plus a literature-based research project of 5,000 to 6,000 words.

A range of modules will be offered, some of which are core and some of which are optional. There is additional between-module reflection, study and assignment work. The list of core and optional modules is announced by the Degree Committee for the Faculties of Clinical Medicine and Veterinary Medicine a few months before the start of the course, and successful applicants will be asked at that stage to choose their optional modules.

The following is a list of likely modules, but as noted above, the list of core and optional modules is not announced by the Degree Committee until nearer the start of the course. Not all of the modules below will necessarily be offered in any one year:

  • An introduction to human genetics and genomics
  • Omics techniques and the application to genomic medicine
  • Core research and statistical skills for Genomic Medicine
  • Genomics of common and rare disease
  • Molecular pathology of cancer and application in cancer diagnosis, screening, and treatment
  • Application of genomics to infectious disease
  • Pharmacogenetics and stratified healthcare
  • Bioinformatics, interpretation, and data quality assurance in genome analysis
  • Ethical, legal and social implications in applied genomics (ELSI)
  • Counselling skills for genomics
  • Professional and research skills
  • Advanced bioinformatics – from genomes to systems
  • Epigenetics and epigenomics
  • Workplace-based module

Each core module will involve around 30 hours of contact time, including lectures, group work and online teaching.

One to one supervision

Each student is allocated a named supervisor, who will meet regularly with the student to discuss progress and provide feedback and support as required. Each module will involve around 30 hours of contact time, including a blend of face-to-face sessions and online learning. The composition of face-to-face teaching will vary from module to module.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Journal clubs

Students are encouraged to attend seminars and journal clubs organised by the department – up to eight hours per term.

Literature_reviews

If the student chooses to undertake ten taught modules, their project will be literature review-based.

Posters

Some modules (eg counselling skills for genomics) include the assessment of the student’s understanding via presentations, group-based discussions and role-play work with fellow students.

Placements

The research project element of the course may be undertaken in a number of scientific institutions, within and without the University.  This may include the University's School of Clinical Medicine, the School of Biological Sciences, the European Bioinformatics Institute, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and, subject to approval, other suitable research institutions.

Feedback

Each student is allocated a named supervisor, who will meet regularly with the student to discuss progress and provide feedback and support as required.  Written supervision reports are accessed via the online feedback and reporting system. Students are given feedback on the assessments conducted at the end of each module. 

All students will meet with the programme director on a termly basis to discuss progress and to provide their feedback on the course.

Assessment

Thesis

Students must submit a literature-based research project of 5,000 to 6,000 words or a research project of 10,000 to 12,000 words, depending on the options selected. This will be worth one-sixth or one-third of the overall mark for the course, respectively. 

The reports will be independently marked by two examiners, and oral examinations are arranged in the event of a borderline fail. The moderating external examiner adjudicates on any significant discrepancies in marks and also reviews all fail and potential high-performance passes. The moderating external examiner may also be invited to participate in any oral examination.

Essays

Students are assessed formatively throughout the taught modules of the programme using a variety of techniques and interrelated strategies including evidence of regular reflection, and demonstration of active participation in the programme will also be required. There may also be a requirement for the students to take part in a peer review of other students.

For each of the taught modules, students must complete summative assignments of 2,500 to 3,500 words or equivalent (except where other methods of module assessment are indicated in individual module descriptions).

Taught modules account for two thirds or five-sixths of the MPhil, depending on the option selected for the research project.

Written examination

There is no written examination.

Practical assessment

Practical assessment techniques may be used, where required, for certain modules of the programme.

Other

Some modules (eg counselling skills for genomics) include the assessment of the student’s understanding via presentations, group-based discussions and role-play work with fellow students.

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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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