M.Sc. On Campus

Genetic and Genomic Counselling (with Work Placement)

University of Glasgow

24 months
27050 GBP/year
12150 GBP/year
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Designed to give you a working knowledge of the principles and practice of Genetic Counselling qualifying you to practice as a Genetic and Genomic Counsellor. The Genetic and Genomic Counselling (with Work Placement) programme of the University of Glasgow is accredited by the UK Genetic Counsellor Registration Board.


Why this programme

  • The aim of the Genetic and Genomic Counselling (with Work Placement) programme of the University of Glasgow is to to give you a working knowledge of the principles and practice of Clinical Genetics allowing you to evaluate, choose and interpret appropriate genetic investigations for individuals and families with genetic disease, and explore the links between genotype and phenotype.
  • Genetic Counselling Placements in at least two different Genetics Centres will enable you to obtain a broader view of clinical practice, and there will also be opportunity to engage with patient support groups.
  • A key strength of this fully up-to-date and accredited programme is that it is delivered by highly dedicated, multi-award-winning teaching and clinical staff of the University, and by registered genetic counsellors, clinical and laboratory staff from the West of Scotland Genetics Service.
  • Teaching is based at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH), which includes adult services, children’s services and maternity services, as well as one of the largest diagnostic laboratories in Europe, and a new, purpose-built teaching and learning facility. The close collaboration between University and NHS staff ensures that the MSc in Genetic and Genomic Counselling provides a completely up-to-date representation of genetic services.
  • Counselling and psychology theoretical and research-focused courses are delivered by University staff trained in psychology, providing a firm foundation for the subsequent acquisition of knowledge and skills in genetic counselling facilitated by GCRB-registered Genetic Counsellors.
  • You will develop your skills in problem solving, evaluation and interpretation of diagnostic data, communication of the results of genome testing to patients, literature searches, scientific writing, oral presentations, poster presentations and team working. 
  • The widely used textbook “Essential Medical Genetics” is co-authored by a member of the core teaching team, Professor Edward Tobias.

Career prospects

The programme aims to provide students with skills to work as Genetic Counsellors. 

Our MSc is accredited by the GCRB (Genetic Counsellor Registration Board ) meaning that on graduation you are eligible to apply for two year (salaried) genetic counselling training posts in the NHS. On successful completion of this you would be able to register as a genetic counsellor with the GCRB.

Genetic counsellors in the UK are employed by the NHS. There are also genetic counsellors who work for private companies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Genetic Disease in Clinical Practice
  • Case Investigations in Medical Genetics
  • Distress or Disorder: Reactions to a Medical Diagnosis
  • Patient Empowerment: Supporting Decisions Relating to New Diagnoses
  • Effective Listening and Communication Skills
  • Genetic Counselling in Clinical Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Either a good BSc (Hons) in Genetics or related subject, with evidence of relevant experience in a care context OR a good BSc (Hons) in Nursing, with experience of working in a care context and evidence of interest in genetics.
  • Note that care experience does not imply work in a genetics context but might, for example, be in a care home, a school for children with complex needs or charity work involving direct patient care.
  • Applicants without a good BSc but who have two or more years work experience in a clinical genetics department may be considered and should contact one of the programme directors for further advice.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27050 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27050 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    12150 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12150 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Glasgow

620 - 1012 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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