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Last modified: 04 Aug 2020 16:15

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; lecture material supported by workshops – your chance to team-work, ask questions and enjoy the science.

Contains material detailing a range of examples of genome science and its applications in medicine. 

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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr A Roelofs

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

  • One of Master Of Science In Genetics And Human Nutrition or Master Of Science In Molecular Medicine or MSc Immunology or Master Of Science In Reproductive And Developmental Biology 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

The aim of this course is to explain the use of genome sequence information in the context of modern medicine, as a tool to understand biological processes relevant to human health and disease, how gene expression is controlled in health and disease in humans, and how genome technologies are used in the area of regenerative medicine. Finally, the course aims to show how model microorganisms can provide huge insight into the functional genomics of more complex organisms, such as human.


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 Tutorial during University weeks 25 - 34, 37 - 38

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

Workshop reports (5 x 15%)
MCQ test (5 x 5% - online)


Resit for students taking the course in AY20/21

Oral examination


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralAnalyseUnderstand and analyse how gene expression is controlled in health and disease
ProceduralAnalyseUnderstand and analyse how genome technologies are used in the study and clinical application of stem cells
ProceduralEvaluateDevelop analytic and critical skills in bioinformatics analysis of genome sequence, comparative genomics, and functional genomics data
ProceduralAnalyseUnderstand and analyse the use of model organisms in functional genomics
ProceduralUnderstandUnderstand how a wide range of genomic information is used in modern medicine
ProceduralAnalyseUnderstand and analyse the role of epigenetic modifications of genome sequence in health and disease

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