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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

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

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

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

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.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 26, 28, 30, 32
  • 4 Lectures during University week25
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 26, 28, 30 - 31, 33
  • 3 Lectures during University week27
  • 5 Lectures during University week29
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 28 - 30

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

2x Individual report - 400 words (12%); 2x Individual report - 400 words (13%); written exam (50%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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