M.Sc. On Campus

Genetic Counselling

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

24 months
3534 USD/year
3534 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Genetic Counselling degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg  (MFOSGENC60) is run by the Division of Human Genetics in the School of Pathology. Genetic counselling falls under the Clinical and Counselling Section of the Division. The course coordinator and genetic counselling manager is Ms. Shelley Macaulay.


Genetic Counselling course from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg aims to educate students in the fundamental concepts of medical genetics and counselling in order to become competent, insightful, knowledgeable, sensitive and passionate genetic counsellors. Through teaching, mentoring, supervision, case exposure and experience, students should be equipped with the necessary tools to pass their degree successfully and progress to registered practicing genetic counsellors after the completion of an internship. 


Our program prepares students to become Genetic Counsellors.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Medical Genetics for Genetic Counsellors 
    • Principles of Genetic Counselling 
    • Practices of Genetic Counselling 
    • Research Report 

    Key information


    • Part-time
      • 24 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • It is preferable for candidates to have a BSc (Honours) in a Life Sciences field (eg. Human Genetics, Genetics, Physiology, Microbiology etc.). However, other Honours degrees might be considered, at the discretion of the course coordinator and selection panel. An overall mark of 65% for the Honours degree is considered a minimum prerequisite for entry into a master’s programme by the University.

    • An entry level exam may be required for those without a Genetics major. A minimum of 65% pass rate for the entry exam is required in order to be eligible for an interview.
    • Individuals who are interested in applying for the degree must make contact with the course co-ordinator prior to submitting an application as there is an internal pre-application process interested candidates need to complete. Applications received without having done so will be excluded from further consideration.

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      3534 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 3534 USD per year during 24 months.
    • National

      3534 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 3534 USD per year during 24 months.

    R54600 - R81040

    Living costs for Johannesburg

    8434 - 12036 ZAR /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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