Human Genetics and Genomics (C7110)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

You will learn about the organisation of the human genome, and how it affects the expression, preservation and transmission of genetic traits. You will discover how modern genetic approaches, including whole genome sequencing, underpin advances in our understanding of gene function and human disease.

You will also explore how current techniques drive genetic research and allow the characterisation of genes, as well as their potential role in determining health outcomes.

This includes an overview of basic bioinformatic methods, to navigate the public data resources that harbour genomic and functional data, an essential tool in the molecular and health sciences.


92%: Lecture
8%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Problem set)
70%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 26 hours of contact time and about 124 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: