The primary aim of this MSc in Genetic and Genomic Counselling from Cardiff University is to train graduates interested in the clinical application of advances in human genetics and genomics so that they can provide and critically evaluate genetic and genomic counselling services.
What you'll study
This is an innovative, part-time, largely distance-learning course. This opens up our well-established training expertise to an international audience, as it removes the need for you to relocate to Cardiff for full-time study to train as a genetic counsellor. Instead, you will attend short intensive teaching blocks in Wales and engage in online learning throughout the remainder of each year.
The course is particularly suitable for students interested in pursuing a career as a genetic counsellor. It is designed to meet the UK Genetic Counsellor Registration Board (GCRB) Set ‘A’ educational requirement to submit a Notification of Intention to Register with the GCRB (see www.gcrb.org.uk/), as well as the European Board of Medical Genetics (EBMG Genetic Counsellors division) educational requirement to submit a Notification of Intention to Register with the EBMG.
Careers and placements
This programme is particularly suitable for those interested in pursuing a career as a genetic counsellor in the UK, as it is designed to meet the UK Genetic Counsellor Registration Board (GCRB) Set A educational requirement to submit a Notification of Intention to Register with the GCRB. The programme is accredited by the GCRB, so that the MSc qualifies trainee genetic counsellors to apply for Assured Voluntary Registration with the GCRB, which enables a trainee genetic counsellor (paid on Agenda For Change (AFC) band 6) to move into an AFC band 7 NHS post in the UK NHS.
It is also suitable for those interested in pursuing a career as a genetic counsellor in Europe and internationally, as it is designed to meet the European Board of Medical Genetics (EBMG Genetic Counsellors division) educational requirement to submit a Notification of Intention to Register with the EBMG. The accreditation from EBMG means that the MSc qualification qualifies trainee genetic counsellors to apply for EBMG registration.
Over 90% of graduates from the Cardiff University genetic counsellor training programmes have obtained employment as genetic counsellors since the course began in 2000.
In the UK and in the USA, the demand for genetic counsellors has increased in recent years. Graduates from existing UK MSc in Genetic (and Genomic) courses will be insufficient to meet the needs of the UK NHS over the next few years, as many UK genetic counsellors are approaching retirement. The Transnational Alliance of Genetic Counsellors (a partnership of genetic counsellor educators from eighteen countries) have strongly emphasized the need for training more genetic counsellors to practice internationally, specifically across the EU, Asia and South America.
In year two, you will be required to complete 72 days of placement work-based experience in a local (to you) genetic or genomic counselling service. This will be discussed as part of the selection process as the ability to arrange it is a prerequisite for being accepted onto the course. The placement allows you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills developed on the MSc in Genetic and Genomic Counselling in a clinical genetics / genetic counselling service and be assessed in core competences.
You will need to liaise with the MSc programme team about the suitability of your proposed placement, and provide contact details for proposed placement providers to the MSc programme team, who will negotiate an appropriate agreement between you, Cardiff University and the placement provider. You will work with Placement supervisors to complete the requirements of the placement, including a placement supervisor’s report, a Case Log and a Skills and Competences Log.
On placement, you will participate in the regular activities of the service and contribute to the genetic counselling of clients of the service. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your developing skills in genetic and genomic counselling, supported by a local placement supervisor and by online genetic counselling supervision (as defined by the UK Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors) provided by the MSc programme team.
Our programme is accredited by both the UK Genetic Counsellor Registration Board and the European Board of Medical Genetics
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- Counselling and Communication Skills
- Research Methods
- Applied Genetics and Bioinformatics in Clinical Care
- Advanced Genetic and Genomic Counselling
- Placement: Genetic and Genomic Counselling
- Dissertation: Genetic and Genomic Counselling
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesBiomedicine Bioinformatics Genetics View 16 other Masters in Genetics in United Kingdom
- You will need to have 2:1 honours degree, or an equivalent international degree, in a biological or (bio)medical science. Equivalent science degrees are also accepted e.g. social science, nursing, psychology.
You will also need to provide:
- references that evidence you have gained at least 6 months full-time equivalent (approx. 800 hours) non-family caring experience at the point of application.
- an academic reference
- a personal statement (you must use the below questions as headings in your document)
- What motivates you to apply for this course?
- What personal qualities and attributes do you possess that would enhance your ability to work as a genetic counsellor?
- Please describe any experience you have had working with individuals who might be considered vulnerable.
- If you have previously applied for this course and were unsuccessful, please describe what further experience you have gained which may strengthen your application.
International10950 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 10950 GBP per year during 36 months.
National6950 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 6950 GBP per year during 36 months.
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