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Genetic Counselling MSc

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The MSc in Genetic Counselling aims to:

- provide academic and vocational training for professional genetic counsellors to work in the UK and overseas

- equip students with the necessary skills to enable them to contribute to the research and development of the profession

- promote awareness of the importance of the psychosocial impact of human genetic technology among patients, health and social care professionals and the wider society.

The programme has links with the graduate programme in genetic counselling at the Murdoch Institute in Melbourne, Australia, and there are opportunities for student exchanges between the two programmes.

The course has 3 components. Taught modules are scheduled on two days a week, and placements and research carried out on other days.

- Taught course modules (120 credits)
- Research dissertation (60 credits)
- Placements

Graduates of the MSc in Genetic Counselling Programme fulfil the entry level criteria for UK professional registration as a Genetic Counsellor, and would usually be eligible to apply for registration after a further two years of employment as a Genetic Counsellor in the UK.

Graduates are also eligible to apply for US Genetic Counselor certification through the American Board of Genetic Counselors' International Genetic Counselor Certification Eligibility Programme.

Students are assessed via coursework, written examinations, research dissertation and clinical assessment.

The majority of graduates go on to work as genetic counsellors in NHS Regional Genetic Services. Other graduates work as genetic counsellors in other countries including Ireland, Canada and USA. Some students have gone on to research posts (including PhD studentships) particularly in psychosocial genetic counselling research, and in education and public engagement in genetics.

For further information and application details please visit the MSc website.

Visit the Genetic Counselling MSc page on the University of Manchester web site for more details!

School of Medicine
24 months PT
An honours degree, preferably in one of the biological or equivalent sciences, nursing or psychology (minimum 2:1 or equivalent expected)For applicants whose degree did not include completion of genetics modules, offers may be made subject to the completion of a short course in the science of human genetics, for example the Open University Course 'Learn about human genetics and health issue'Minimum 6 months full-time equivalent working in a caring role (this may be through previous professional work (e.g. nursing/social work) or in a voluntary capacity.Evidence of the applicant's understanding of the role of genetic counsellors
Fee information is provided on the MSc website
Anne Burns
Masters study type: Part time

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Biosciences Psychology & Psychiatry

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