Epigenetics and Epigenomics

Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Module

Module overview

The completion of the human genome project has paved the way for major advances in our understanding of human genetic disease and the pathogenesis of cancer. Nevertheless, these advances have also revealed that genetics is only part of the story and there is increasing recognition that epigenetics will be critical for understanding human disease and the practice of genomic medicine. The University of Birmingham is home to several research groups focussing on epigenetic research, as well as clinicians who use “epigenetic drugs” in their daily practice. This module will draw on world-leading local scientists to provide expert coverage of this fascinating topic.


15 Masters level credits

Module attendance required

Teaching delivered over 5 days

Module dates

Semester 2

Module leads

Dr Maarten Hoogenkamp  (Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Bennett Fellow, Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences)
Dr Marco Saponaro (Birmingham Fellow, Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences)

Module prerequisites

This module can be taken as a stand-alone assessed or non-assessed course.

You should have a good honours degree in a life sciences subject, although we will consider applicants with alternative qualifications and professional experience within the health service or other relevant background. You should take 'An Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics' course first, or be able to show you have equivalent knowledge and understanding to enable you to benefit from this module.

Please contact the Programme Administrator for further information at genomics@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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