Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine

Module overview

This module introduces DNA sequencing technologies, focussing on the high-throughput approaches that now allow quick and cost-effective genome-scale sequencing. You will learn about the uses of whole-genome, exome, and transcriptome sequencing; array-based techniques, and be introduced to proteomics and metabolomics. There will be an initial introduction to bioinformatics and the interpretation of variant sequences, including the special challenges of cancer. Interactive seminars will introduce some of the research applications of the omics techniques. 


15 Masters level credits

Module attendance required

Teaching delivered as a five-day block

Module dates

First iteration - 19-23 September 2016
Second iteration - 3-7 April 2017


The module will be assessed via a short presentation, and an exam including short answer questions and a choice of essay. 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. Yvonne Wallis (Head of Familial Cancer Section/Head of Research, Academic and Service Developments, West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory)

Other NHS staff teaching:
Dr Fiona Macdonald
Dr Samuel Clokie
Dr Carol Hardy
Dr Dominic Macmullan
Dr Pauline Rehal
Dr Susanna Akiki

University staff teaching:
Dr Mat Coleman
Dr Doug Ward
Dr Warwick Dunn
Dr Dan Tennant
Dr Carmel McConville

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 our An Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics module first, or be able to show you have equivalent knowledge and understanding to enable you to benefit from this module. 

Please contact the Programme Coordinator for further information. 

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