University of Bristol

Hosted by the Medical Research Council Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol, the BSc Genomic Medicine programme will introduce you to the genomics revolution and how it is changing medicine, from genetic influences on complex disorders and epigenetic regulation, to precision medicine and personal genomics. With genome-wide genetic risk profiles now commercially available to the public for less than £100, the goal is to equip you with the tools you need to understand and interpret this information when you encounter it in everyday practice.

Programme content

The Human Genome
The structure of our genome and the inhabitants of the genomic zoo, how genes are regulated, how genomes vary between people and how DNA sequence relates to epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics.

Genomic Data Science
Understanding human genetics through essential statistical and computational skills that will equip you to interpret genomic data in the laboratory and clinic. Topics include genome-wide association and sequence analysis, genetic risk prediction, data science and bioinformatics, twin and family studies and practical genomics coding skills. We only assume knowledge of topics encountered in the first two years of a medical degree, and the teaching is specifically tailored to intercalating medical, dental and veterinary students.

Genomic Medicine
Specific clinical applications of genomic knowledge, including topics such as clinical genetics of rare disorders, genomics of cardiovascular health and disease, behavioural and psychiatric genomics, cancer genomics, genomic prognosis and precision medicine.

The Population Laboratory
Genomics in human populations and how they have evolved over evolutionary time, modern-day commercial genomic profiles, genomic self-screening by the public, how people respond to genomic information, legal and ethical implications of this, and the importance of gene-environment interactions.

Cracking Causality
Using genetic data to discover the environmental causes of disease. Topics include Mendelian randomisation and other designs for causal inference, and translation of causal discoveries to new drugs and new policies.

Research Project
A four-month research project based in one of the world-leading applied human genomics centres at Bristol, an analytic review of the human genomics literature, or an analysis of your own genome-wide genetic risk profile.

Entry requirements

You can study a BSc after two or more years of study on your professional programme. Please refer to the admissions statement on our intercalation website for full guidance on how your application will be assessed.

Closing date

The closing date for applications will be advised on the University of Bristol Intercalated degrees website.