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Contemporary Healthcare (Health Genetics) (MSc)

Course Description

Genetics and genomics have become an integral part of the healthcare service. Our modern programme, which we’re constantly adapting to reflect professional and technological changes, will advance your skills, knowledge and insight in the challenging sector of genetic healthcare. Study part-time over three years and choose the modules you want to study. You’ll leave fully equipped to provide more effective, efficient and better quality practice for the patients who rely on you.

Key features

- Steer your career in the direction you want. We offer a wide range of modules, so you can choose to group modules together to create the combination that suits your previous education and experience and your career aspirations. Focused themes include practical genetics, genetic science and counselling skills.

- Engage with a course specifically designed to address the needs of professionals wishing to develop their careers in genetic counselling or genetic nursing.

- Learn from research-active staff at the forefront of knowledge, conducting research into Applied Health Genetics.

- Study four core modules shared by all our pathway awards: Health and Social Care Futures, Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1 and 2, and the dissertation.

- Benefit from the flexibility our programme offers. You can take much of the course by distance learning. Modules taught face-to-face (such as counselling skills) are delivered in short, intensive blocks to enable you to complete them with minimum travel and time away from your work.

- Balance work and further education with our programme by studying part-time over three years.

- Our Genetic Science modules and the Counselling Skills modules are designed to satisfy the requirements of the Genetic Counsellor Registration Board for UK genetic counsellor registration.

- Achieve the European Core Competences for genetic nurses and genetic counsellors.

- Choose to study the Counselling Skills module and update and enhance your counselling skills.

- Develop practical skills and increase knowledge on all genetics modules by combining theory with an applied approach.

- Use your registration portfolio as a registered genetic counsellor to obtain credits towards the award via the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning system.

Course details

To achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits. You’ll be able to study either two genetics modules at 30 credits each, or all three at 20 credits each. To gain a Postgraduate Diploma, you’ll need to earn 120 credits. 60 of these will be made up from the three core modules, each worth 20 credits. For a full Masters degree, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits. You’ll study the same core modules as the Postgraduate Diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in an area of study related to genetic healthcare.


If you are interested in applying for this programme, please contact our Professional Development team:

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
Plymouth University
Drake Circus

Visit the Contemporary Healthcare (Health Genetics) (MSc) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students will normally be health professionals and have a degree. For UK-registered genetic counsellors it may be possible to obtain credits using your registration portfolio.​

Course Fees

Part-time (per 10 credits): UK/EU: £314, International: £750, Islands: £750

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