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Personalised Medicine and Novel Therapies MSc

Personalised medicine is the next generation of medicine and healthcare. It aims to improve the management of patients’ health and to target therapies to achieve the best outcomes in the management of a patient’s condition, their predisposition to disease and their prognosis. Personalised healthcare takes a multi-omics approach (one which incorporates data from a range of different sources, including genomic and epigenomic) directed at the development of novel therapies.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

Part-time students will take four modules per year plus the project in year 2. Modules on this programme tend to be taught over a period of a week with intervals between modules.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Notification
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£12,890 (FT)
£6,440 (PT)
Overseas:
£28,290 (FT)
£14,160 (PT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A primary medical qualification (MBBS or equivalent) or an upper-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

About this degree

The content includes a focused set of core modules specialising in all aspects of personalised medicine, including genomics, bioinformatics, statistics and the regulatory aspects of novel therapies such as clinical trial design. Optional modules allow you to explore the applications and scope of personalised medicine. You are given opportunities to develop analytic skills during the programme before undertaking your independent research project. 

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five compulsory modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

PG Diploma consists of five compulsory modules (75 credits) and three optional modules ( 45 credits)

PG Certificate consists of four compulsory modules (60 credits) excluding Applied Statistics for Health Research 1

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Personalised Medicine and Novel Therapies. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Personalised Medicine and Novel Therapies. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Personalised Medicine and Novel Therapies.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Students will do the following five compulsory (core) modules.

  • Personalised Medicine
  • Novel Therapies: From Concept to Clinical Translation
  • Computational Biology for Personalised Medicine
  • Applied Genomics
  • Applied Statistics for Health Research 1
  • Research Project in Personalised Medicine and Novel Therapies

Applied Statistics for Health Research 1 is not a compulsory module for the PG Certificate.

Optional modules

Students must choose three of the following optional modules. 

  • Pharmacometrics
  • Stem Cells and Tissue Repair
  • Molecular and Clinical Aspects of Childhood Cancers
  • Clinical Genomics, Genetic and Rare Diseases
  • Clinical Applications of Cell and Gene Therapy
  • Molecular Aspects of Cell and Gene Therapy

Students may select either Clinical Applications of Cell and Gene Therapy or Molecular Aspects of Cell and Gene Therapy but not both

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation.

Teaching and learning

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, problem classes and tutorials. Assessment varies depending on the module, but includes written coursework, multiple-choice questions, written examinations, a practical analysis examination and the research dissertation.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

Visit the funding and studentship pages of the GOS ICH website for details of funding available to students, including the GOS ICH bursary.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

This programme aims to equip students for careers in research, education, medicine and business in academic, clinical and industrial settings. Examples of potential careers could include:

  • conducting clinical trials as part of a team of clinicians, scientists and allied health professionals
  • monitoring and analysing the results of clinical trials as part of a clinical trials unit
  • developing new therapies or intellectual property in the pharmaceutical industry or other business venture
  • academic research and/or lecturing in a university or other higher education setting

Employability

You will be given opportunities to develop specific scientific and analytic skills including skills in decision making, information curation, data gathering, writing scientifically, critical appraisal, scientific presentation skills, debating, maintaining scientific dialogue, experimental design, setting up clinical trials and an awareness of topical and important issues (ethics and the law). Furthermore, you will be encouraged to keep a portfolio of transferable skills learnt through teaching practices and assessments which will prepare you for progression to higher research degrees and/or the workplace. 

Why study this degree at UCL?

The next generation of scientists and healthcare workers must be trained to deliver this change in medicine and research landscapes. Our programme offers you access to cutting-edge research taught by leading academics and clinicians in personalised medicine from UCL and Great Ormond Street Hospital, as well as a range of project choices from computational biology to clinical trials design. The programme prepares you to become a scientist or researcher in academia or industry, as well as for progression to a higher research degree.

UCL's crossdisciplinary research into personalised medicine harnesses the breadth and depth of expertise across the institution and benefits from close links with our partner hospitals to support the delivery of innovative patient-targeted medicines and therapies. This is reflected by the many groups conducting high-quality research and clinical trials in the field including researchers within UCL's Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, Division of Infection & Immunity, Institute of Ophthalmology, Institute for Women's Health, Institute of Genetics and the Cancer Institute, as well as University College London Hospital (UCLH).

Department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for scientis and medical practitioners who would like to develop their knowledge in this distinct area, with a view to contributing to research and clinical trials in the field.

Application deadlines

All applicants
11 August 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

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