An Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics

Module overview

This module introduces the concepts of genomics, starting from the basic properties of DNA and genes, the different types of functional units recognised within DNA (e.g. promoters, enhancers etc), and extends this to the scale and architecture of the human genome. You will learn about gene regulation, the consequences of genetic changes, and human genetics. The module also covers the essentials of information governance for secure handling of patient data within the NHS.


15 Masters level credits

Module attendance required

Teaching delivered as a five-day block

Module dates

First iteration - 12-16 September 2016
Second iteration - 13-17 March 2017


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:
Dr Richard Tuxworth
Dr Neil Morgan
Dr Nikolaos Efstathiou
Dr Jane Steele
Prof. Farida Latif
Dr Karl Nightingale
Dr Boris Kysela

NHS staff teaching on the module:
Dr Trevor Cole
Dr Rebecca Ibokwe
Dr Daniel Ray
Dr Jenny Bell
Dr Mike Griffiths

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.  

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. 

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