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MSc Genetic Counselling / Overview

Year of entry: 2016

Degree awarded
24 months FT
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 (to be included in the covering letter explaining the applicant's interest in the course and a career in genetic counselling (250-500 words).

International students must have an equivalent classification and should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

To give you the greatest opportunity to join our programme and to make the admissions process as quick and easy as possible, we advise you to read the guidance below.


Please note that changes to Genetic Counsellor training in England are about to come in to effect through the Modernising Scientific Careers programme. Please follow the link below to find out more about applying for a funded 3 year training post. Applications are due to open at some point in January 2016 and the application period will be open for four weeks. Click here for application information.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

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.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,250
    International students (per annum): £13,000

Additional expenses

The University permits applicants with comparable previous experience to submit an application for consideration of AP(E)L `Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning'. The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a Certificate, 45 credits to a Diploma and 60 credits to a Masters.

If an AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L. The overall tuition fee is adjusted and then the administrative charge is applied.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
Contact name
Anne Burns
+44 (0)161 276 6276
+44 (0)161 276 6145
Academic department overview

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