Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Applied Genomics

Module overview

Students will be provided with a platform of ethical understanding from which to consider issues of human confidentiality, autonomy, disclosure, informed consent and natural justice. Upon this platform, students will consider the impact of genomic technologies on individual lives and those of demographic and ethnic groupings. The social implications of the availability of genetic testing and screening will be considered, especially in the context of reproductive technologies. Finally students will be provided with a legal framework for patenting of genetic information as well as the use of genetic data for research, diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.


15 Masters level credits

Module attendance required

Teaching delivered one day each week for five consecutive weeks.

Module dates

November 2018 


The module will be assessed via a 3000-word essay, and an exam made up of short answer and extended matching set questions. For those taking the module as a stand-alone option, you need only take the assessment if you require the University credits.

Academics involved in the delivery of this module 

Module Lead:
Dr Lauren Traczykowski (Aston University Law School)

Other University staff:
To be confirmed

NHS staff:

  • Dr Pooja Dasani
  • Dr Laura Boyes
  • Dr Peter Marks

Stand-alone module


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 either take Fundamentals in Human Genetics and Genomics , Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine and Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases 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