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Genetic Counselling MSc


Course Description

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.

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

Entry Requirements

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.

Course Fees

Fee information is provided on the University of Manchester website


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