Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Applied Genomics

Module overview

This optional module provides the opportunity to explore in depth the many issues associated with genomic information, including the likelihood of incidental findings, findings of uncertain significance, implications for family members, etc. You will consider the ethical principles, including confidentiality, autonomy, disclosure and informed consent, and the legal framework. Patient group representatives will participate in some sessions, helping to convey a holistic view balancing the benefits of genomics for patients with the potential pitfalls.


15 Masters level credits

Module attendance required

Teaching delivered one day each week for five consecutive weeks.

Module dates

First iteration - Starts on 21 June for 5 consecutive Tuesdays

Second iteration - tbc 


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 Jon Ives

Other University staff:
Dr Abdallah Adlan
Professor Heather Draper

NHS staff:
Dr Laura Boyes

Interested in taking this individual module as a CPD programme?

This module can be taken as a standalone assessed or non-assessed course.  Costs to be confirmed.  

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 module 1 (An Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics), module 2 (Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine) and module 3 (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. 

Dr Peter F. Searle
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4487