The programme 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
There is a professional organisation, the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC), which is a sub-group of the British Society for Genetic Medicine. Professional registration is awarded through the UK Genetic Counsellor Registration Board, and the MSc awarded by this programme is a recognised entry qualification for this. Course content is linked to practice-based competencies as defined by professional bodies.
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.