Teaching the principles and practice of genetics has always been an important part of our work. We engage with an increasingly wide range of professional groups as genetic testing and personalised medicine spreads through many areas of clinical practice.

Seminar Series

The Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine holds weekly seminars

This weekly seminar programme provides updates on research progress and service innovation within MCGM and the wider genetics community. We regularly have national and international external speakers discussing their areas of work.

More detail about the seminars can be found on The University of Manchester website.


Postgraduate degrees in Genetic Medicine

We are involved with a wide range of research and taught postgraduate programmes.

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MSc in Genetic Counselling

Manchester hosts one of two MSc genetic counselling programmes in the UK, providing vocational training for genetic counsellors. The programme, which welcomes both UK and overseas applicants, has an international reputation and was the first training programme to be established in Europe in 1992.

The programme provides academic and vocational training for professional genetic counsellors to work in the UK and overseas.

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MRes in Genetic Medicine

The Genetic Medicine Master of Research course was newly established in 2011 to enable postgraduate students to gain first hand experience of cutting edge genomic research here in Manchester.

The course combines taught components with hands-on research projects, including a 27 week project throughout the second half of the year. This course is an ideal introduction to genetic research if you are considering undertaking a PhD in this area, and is also available as an intercalated degree for suitably qualified medical students on the MBChB programme.

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MBChB undergraduate programme

Medical students undertake a genetics module early in the MBChB curriculum, which is supported by a series of lectures. Interactive sessions focussing on the practical application of genetic risk assessment and counselling take place later in the course, during the child and family placement.

For students particularly interested in learning more about genetics and genomics first hand, we offer a range of project options for student-selected components during the course, several of which have resulted in presentations at external conferences, publications and undergraduate prizes.

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Training in Laboratory Genetics

Clinical Scientist training in genetics is delivered through the Modernising Scientific Careers Scientist Training Programme (STP). The recruitment for the healthcare scientist training positions is carried out nationally and is administered through the National School of Healthcare Science. Recruitment usually begins in February, with a close date in mid-March for the September intake.

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