Precision Medicine: Genomic Data Science MSc
Year of entry 2023
- Start date
- September 2023
- Delivery type
- On campus
- 12 months full time
- Entry requirements
- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons)
Full entry requirements
- English language requirements
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any single component
- UK fees
- International fees
Transform healthcare through personalised genomic medicine
The rapid transformation of healthcare through personalised genomic medicine is matched only by the consistently growing demand for talented graduates with the right skill-set.
From early diagnosis, to drugs based on our unique genetic codes, to disease prevention, there is a huge demand for more biomedical scientists with analytical skills. Responding to this gap, this unique course has been designed to directly meet the need for those with both biological knowledge and the computational and analytical interest to drive genomic precision medicine.
Whether you’re experienced with data analysis or not, this course will develop your skills and provide extra support for those students who are less confident in their mathematical ability.
You will gain the skills to use large volumes of complex data, encompassing genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, phenotypic data, epidemiology and clinical trial investigations, to improve the understanding of disease mechanisms.
Upon completion, you will find you have an excellent chance of moving into the analytical genomics field in industry, the NHS and academia.
- You’ll benefit from a research-led education at the forefront of the most innovative data analytics research at Leeds.
- The University of Leeds is now a partner of The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s prestigious national institute for data science. The partnership is spearheaded by the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA).
- Research in LIDA sheds new light on health and human behaviour and the action needed to tackle a wide range of medical, social and environmental problems.
- LIDA is supported by national programmes such as the MRC’s Medical Bioinformatics scheme.
- Leeds has recently been the recipient of huge investments from funding councils across the UK, such as the recent £10 million investment in artificial intelligence and digital pathology.
This degree will prepare you for the rapidly expanding and developing field of precision medicine, equipping you with the diverse skill set needed to work in this data-centric discipline.
The modules on this course will introduce you to the advanced technologies used to generate large scale genomics data and the variety of statistical and computational methods used including:
High throughput sequencing, proteomics and metabolomics
Genome-wide genotyping, bioinformatic and gene expression data.
Regression, classification and random forests
Highly interdisciplinary learning and teaching
You'll have access to the very best learning resources and academic support during your studies. The programme is highly interdisciplinary and combines academic expertise across three faculties: Biological Sciences; Medicine and Health; Engineering and Physical Sciences. You’ll be able to work with real-life data sets generated through our own research.
Some of your lectures will be delivered by external speakers from industry and the NHS who will use case studies to illustrate different approaches to using data analytics in precision medicine. You’ll also receive a solid grounding in a range of transferable skills, valued by employers, including: teamwork, project work, and knowledge of the legal, ethical and professional guidelines that are relevant to research data use.
Our cancer biology module is delivered at St James’s University Hospital campus site which is home to many cancer researchers located in the Wellcome Trust Brenner Building and the Clinical Sciences Building.
You’ll complete a 3-4 month 60 credit research (computational) project where you will gain in-depth experience of the analysis of large-scale biomedical data to address problems related to health and disease and contribute to our world-leading research. You’ll be supervised by researchers who are active in the field of genomics and data analytics and work within their groups.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Precision Medicine: Genomic Data Science MSc in the course catalogue
Year 1 compulsory modules
|Biopharmaceutical Development: Clinical||10|
|Analytical Skills in Precision Medicine||20|
|Research Project: Genomics and Analytics||60|
|Introduction to Genetic Epidemiology||15|
|Statistical Theory and Methods||15|
|Big Data and Rare and Common Disorders||15|
|Cancer Drug Development||15|
Learning and teaching
You will be taught through a mixture of ‘traditional’ lectures, seminars, workshops, and hands-on computing practicals as well as being embedded within a research group for your project with one-to-one supervision.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Students are assessed throughout the year both individually and in groups with coursework, such as data analyses, essays, poster presentations and oral presentations as well as written exams.
For your independent advanced research project you choose from a wide list of topics, which are designed to offer you an immersive individual research experience, as well as the opportunity to contribute to science in an area you are passionate about. This is then assessed as a written dissertation and an oral presentation.
Applicants should normally have a bachelor’s degree with at least a 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline which would normally be one of the biological sciences or natural sciences. Subject to University regulations, MBChB or BDS students who had completed 3 years of study would be eligible to intercalate.
While the course does not assume any prior knowledge of statistics, we require that students demonstrate their aptitude for statistics from either undergraduate teaching in statistics/mathematics, an A-level (or equivalent) in mathematics or other relevant experience.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any single component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks).
We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.
You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.
How to apply
Documents and information you’ll need:
completed online application form (for Taught Postgraduate Study)
transcript of degree examination marks achieved to date
copy of final degree certificate (if completed)
evidence of English language qualification (non-native English speakers only)
copy of passport (if you’re an overseas student)
completed supporting statement.
To help us assess your application, please write a supporting statement. As a guideline, we would expect this statement to be 1-2 pages in length. In your statement please:
Provide a brief synopsis of any courses/modules you have studied that have covered statistics and/or statistical analysis. Please make reference to your academic transcript, as this information is not always apparent from the course titles.
Provide details of any previous or current research experience (e.g. undergraduate project, vacation placements, fieldwork, internships). Describe clearly the aim of the work, your part in it, how long the project lasted and whether this research was carried out individually or in a group. Also mention the specific techniques you have used. Again, please ensure that you make reference to the statistical aspects.
Outline the reasons why you wish to study this particular Masters programme. Explain how the skills and experiences you have outlined above are relevant to your programme of choice and the career you intend to pursue.
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Taught postgraduate confirmation
Taught postgraduate applicants are required to submit their results for consideration as soon as possible. Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK are recommended to submit their results no later than 31 July, although they will still be considered if submitted after this date.
It is standard procedure to interview applicants, prior to making a decision on their application, for MRes Neuroscience, MSc Biopharmaceutical Development (Industrial) and MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine. Interviews do not form part of the standard admissions process for other programmes in the Faculty of Biological Sciences.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023
This course is taught by
Faculty of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Biological Sciences postgraduate taught admissions team
UK: £13,250 (per year)
International: £28,000 (per year)
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Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
Scholarships for Faculty of Biological Sciences students
The Faculty of Biological Sciences offers a number of Masters scholarships to support and reward students from the UK and around the world. Don’t miss out on available support, visit our dedicated faculty scholarship page to check your eligibility.
Government-backed loan up to £11,222. Find out more.
Alumni bursary - If you are a former student of the University of Leeds you may be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary.
You can also search our postgraduate scholarships database or you can also find information on MoneySavingExpert.
As outlined in the recent publication ‘Science Industry Partnership: Skills Strategy 2025’, there is a demand amongst employers for the skills that you will develop on this programme.
Upon completion of this programme you’ll be well-placed to undertake a PhD in this field. You may also be able to enter into a number of roles within the industry or NHS:
- Computational biology
- Data analytics functions
- Clinical genetics
- Disease Biologist
- Clinical Scientist
- Clinical leadership in genomic medicine
Recent graduates from the course have gone on to PhDs, and to work in data analytical roles in the NHS, in academia and in the biopharmaceutical industry.
At our annual industry awareness day we invite guests from the NHS and pharmaceutical industry to talk about the research they do and the career opportunities available. Students can chat to them privately for careers advice.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Student profile: Diogo Ann Onuselogu
I now have a better understanding of how various aspects of computer science and biology/medicine can co-operate to reveal great insights about health and disease.Find out more about Diogo Ann Onuselogu's time at Leeds