The first term of the GMS programme is a broad set of teaching on genome biology, bioinformatics and statistical genomics. Exact content varies but an overview of the topics we usually cover can be found here.
The GMS cohort (usually 6 students) attend all teaching and have many in-depth sessions as a small group. Other sessions are opened out to other students and researchers as the type of training we provide for the programme is very popular within the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics (WHG) and wider Nuffield Department of Medicine. Class sizes are restricted to maintain the balance of student learning, especially for practical or workshop style teaching.
The GMS leadership team believe strongly in the benefits of face-to-face teaching and interactions; we were able to continue in-person teaching throughout the pandemic due to the small group size. Students were in a teaching room with hybrid setup for different eventualities, such as teachers or students joining online if needed. The default expectation now is that students will attend teaching in person at WHG. Please note that our location is in Headington on the Old Road Biomedical Research Campus, about 2 miles east of the city centre.
We organise the taught component of GMS using Canvas, the virtual learning environment used across the university. Detailed course information, teaching material and other resources will be available to students enrolled on the GMS programme.
Supervisors on the GMS programme are affiliated with many different units and institutes within the Nuffield Department of Medicine, and sometimes other departments. This reflects the broad nature of the GMS programme and the depth of academic research in this area at Oxford University. The host instition is the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics where the leadership team and many of our supervisors are based.
We welcome applications from potential new supervisors whose research aligns with the GMS programme themes. Please click here for more information.
As a GMS supervisor, you may be invited to act as a mentor to one of our first year students. Mentors provide students with a named person who can give support and advice on an informal basis throughout the first year. For details of what the mentor role entails, see here.