Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases

Module overview

In this module you will learn about the clinical presentation of a variety of inherited diseases, the principles and practice of clinical genetics. You will hear how patients with rare inherited conditions will have their genomes sequenced as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project, and consider the potential benefits and challenges of genomic approaches. You will consider the impacts of the inherited conditions, and genomic information, on patients and affected families, via case-studies, sessions with patient representatives, and a visit to a rare-diseases clinic. 


15 Masters level credits

Module attendance required

Teaching delivered one day each week for 5 consecutive weeks.

Module dates

First iteration - starts on 30 September 2016 for 5 consecutive Fridays.
Second iteration - starts on 12 May 2017 for 5 consecutive Fridays.


The module will be assessed via a poster presentation, a 3000-word essay assignment and an exam with short answer 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:
Professor Tim Barrett(Professor of Paediatrics, University of Birmingham and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Birmingham Children’s Hospital)

Other University staff teaching:
Dr Richard Tuxworth
Prof Jean-Baptiste Cazier
Prof Farida Latif
Dr Peter Searle

NHS staff teaching:
Dr Graham Lipkin
Dr Trevor Cole
Dr Dominic McMullan
Dr Yvonne Wallis
Dr Tom Fowler
Dr Emma Woodward
Dr Julie Voigt
Dr Mary O’Driscoll
Dr Elizabeth Hughes
Dr Jenny Bell
Dr Daniel Ray
Dr Laura Boyes
Dr Eric Silove

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) and module 2 (Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine) 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