Education and training

Health Education England (HEE) has set up a Genomics Education Programme (GEP) to ensure that NHS staff have the knowledge, skills and experience to maintain the health service as a world leader in genomic and precision medicine. Genomic technologies and information will transform practice across the clinical professions over the next decade. The Genomic Education Programme will support healthcare staff involved in the 100,000 Genomes Project, as well as Microbial Genomes work, and ensure staff are kept up to date with the latest developments.

Local trust training

The education programme aims to support the wider transformation of services to integrate genomics into the health service. The programme will also focus on ensuring NHS staff have the skills to relate genomic medicine to their work through education and training.

If you have any questions about education and training or would like to organise some local training for any of your staff please contact


There are several (fully funded) options for genomics training.


Introduction to genomics by Health Education England


This course introduces you to the fundamentals of the human genome and how it can influence a person’s health. You will learn about the key ways that genomic information is being used in a clinical setting, and the advances being made that will improve healthcare outcomes in the future.


Introduction to bioinformatics by Health Education England


This course introduces you to the discipline and practice of bioinformatics, with a particular focus on the practical value and the clinical applications of bioinformatics. Generally, the course will promote an understanding of the growing importance of bioinformatics in contemporary healthcare, the challenges it faces and the problems it can help to solve.


100,000 Genomes project: preparing for the consent conversation by Health Education England


This course helps participants to learn to effectively prepare for the consent conversation; confidently discuss the details of the Project with the participant, address their concerns or questions about participating in the Project, and ensure that consent, where it is offered, is valid.


Sample processing and DNA extraction by Health Education England


Those involved in the laboratory processes can obtain the knowledge and skills to allow them to prepare and process adequate samples for the 100,000 Genomes Project.


Whole genome sequencing: Decoding the language of life and health by Future Learn

3 hours per week for 3 weeks

This course will recap the basics for anyone who wants to learn about whole genome sequencing, how it operates and the impact it is likely to have on healthcare. It is aimed at healthcare professionals who have limited or no understanding of the sequencing process and the many varied uses of whole genome sequencing.


The Genomics Era: the Future of Genetics in Medicine by Future Learn

2 hours per week for 5 weeks

This course has been developed by experts in clinical genetics and education led by a team from St George’s University Hospitals and St George’s, University of London.  The course will give you an awareness of genomic technologies and the data they generate. With ready access to genomic data promised by transformational NHS initiatives such as the 100,000 Genomes Project, genomic data will be integral to all sectors of medicine.



Health Education England has developed a master’s degree in Genomic Medicine which is a multi-disciplinary and multi-professional course in genomics that can be applied to clinical practice and medical research.

The course will enhance knowledge and skills in this rapidly evolving field. It is fully funded by Health Education England, is available at 10 institutions nationwide, and can be taken full-time/part-time, as a postgraduate diploma, postgraduate certificate or as stand-alone modules. All institutions have most of the following core and optional modules (but there is some difference between them particularly with regard to modules required for the diploma and certificate):

Core modules:

  • Introduction to human genetics and genomics
  • Omics technologies and their application
  • Genomics of common and rare inherited disease
  • Molecular pathology of cancer and application in diagnosis, screening and treatment
  • Pharmacogenomics and stratified healthcare
  • Application of genomics in infectious disease
  • Bioinformatics interpretation
  • Research project

Optional modules:

  • Ethical, legal and social issues in applied genomics
  • Counselling skills for genomics
  • Economic models and human genomics
  • Workplace-based learning in genomic medicine
  • Professional and research skills
  • Advanced bioinformatics


Further information about the courses and modules and the application process for funding can be found on the Health Education England Genomics Education website.


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