How to begin a career in genomic medicine

All the paths to a career in genetics and genomics
The Speciality of Genomic Medicine provides medical students and professionals as well as scientists with opportunities to become an expert in genomics and work across research, government and clinical settings.

What is genomic medicine?

Studies in the Specialty of Genomic Medicine explore the impact of genetics on human health, applying genomics to investigate underlying causes of disease to develop effective treatments, and explore educational and ethical issues that arise through genomic technological innovation.

How can I study genomic medicine?

There are a number of different pathways to study genomic medicine, depending on your academic background, career intentions and level of expertise desired.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

In the MD program, the principles of medical genetics and genomics, inborn errors of metabolism, newborn screening and genetic therapies are included in the curriculum.

There are opportunities in the third and fourth years of the MD program to undertake placements specialising in genomic medicine.

Postgraduate coursework

There are a number of postgraduate coursework degrees that can be undertaken upon the completion of an MD to further specialise in genomic medicine.

*Requires a medical degree

Postgraduate research

As for all specialties within the Faculty of Medicine and Health, advanced research is available on a postgraduate level for genetics and genomic medicine. These include:

Short courses and professional development

Enrichment study in genomic medicine is available through two pathways; a Master of Medicine or short courses.

See more information on the available course options.

What careers are possible in genomic medicine?


Genomic medicine is a growing field and offers opportunity for scientific research after graduation. This may include traditional laboratory research, research as part of institutes or health organisations, or academia.


Genomic medicine can allow graduates to move into the public sector, working for governments and health departments in order to inform policy and contribute to public health.


Many graduates of genomic medicine work in clinical environments to combine their genetics specialty with their medical or scientific background, or have sought expertise in genomic medicine after already working in clinical settings. Examples of clinical work includes diagnostics, investigating background causes of disease, engaging with epidemiology and providing patient treatment.

26 September 2023

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