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Course Overview

A course describing the wide range of ways in which genome sequencing has transformed our understanding of medicine and human disease

A course placing a high value on its teaching and learning; all lecture material supported by workshops – your chance to team-work, ask questions and enjoy the science.

Contains a material detailing a range of examples of genome science and its applications in medicine, ranging from the human genome (genome-wide association studies) to microbial (pathogen genome sequencing). 

A course that makes wide use of the literature, allowing you to read about and understand the latest methods in genome science

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Ian Stansfield

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Master Of Science In Genetics And Human Nutrition (Studied) or MSc Immunology (Studied) or MSc Genetics (Studied) or MSc Microbiology (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course focuses initially on an understanding of how modern-day genome sequencing has helped understanding of the causes and treatment of disease. The course examines the genetics and biochemistry of disease from a genome-wide viewpoint including genome-wide association studies. The study of disease and its treatment is also examined from the perspective of a number of different model systems, for example baker's yeast S.cerevisiae, showing how study of these simple systems can throw light into the aetiology of complex human diseases, and the mechanisms of their treatment by pharmaceuticals. Finally the availability of pathogen genome sequences is discussed in the context of infectious deseases and their treatment.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Genetics
  • MSc Immunology
  • MSc Microbiology
  • Master Of Science In Genetics And Human Nutrition

Contact Teaching Time

41 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Essay/data handling exam (50%) and in-course data handling assessment(50%)

Formative Assessment




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