Fundamentals in Human Genetics and Genomics

Module overview

This module will cover the structure and variations in the human genomics, including fundamental principles of genetics and genomics. Students undertaking this module will review the architecture of the human genome and the functional units embedded in it. In addition this module will cover DNA sequence variation and how variation is structured across the genome explaining the principles of linkage disequilibrium and its extent in human populations (e.g. HapMap project). Students will also cover aspects of gene regulation and chromatin structure and understand the importance of genotype to phenotype correlation.


15 Masters level credits

Module attendance required

Teaching delivered as a five-day block

Module dates

First iteration - September 2018
Second iteration - March 2019


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

Academics involved in the delivery of this module 

Module Lead:
Prof. Ferenc Müller (Professor of Developmental Genetics at the University of Birmingham)

Other University staff teaching:

NHS staff teaching on the module:

  • Dr Samantha Butler
  • Dr Lily Islam
  • Dr Helen Cox
  • Dr Peter Marks

Stand-alone module


This module can be taken as a stand-alone assessed or non-assessed course.  To apply, students 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.

Please contact the Programme Coordinator for further information at