University of Glasgow

Degree level: Postgraduate

Genetic and Genomic Counselling (with Work Placement) (Taught)

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Course summary

Thank you for your interest in this programme. Applications will reopen in September 2022 for start in 2023. Please check back here for updates nearer that time. 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. This programme is accredited by the UK Genetic Counsellor Registration Board. WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • The aim 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.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE Component Courses are as follows (see course page for descriptions): GENETIC DISEASE AND CLINICAL PRACTICE CASE INVESTIGATIONS IN MEDICAL GENETICS DISTRESS OR DISORDER: REACTIONS TO A MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS Note: this 10 credit course may be taken by visiting students, for example as professional development. PATIENT EMPOWERMENT: SUPPORTING DECISIONS RELATING TO NEW DIAGNOSES Note: this 10 credit course may be taken by visiting students, for example as professional development. EFFECTIVE LISTENING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS Note: this 10 credit course may be taken by visiting students, for example as professional development. GENETIC COUNSELLING IN CLINICAL PRACTICE SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH METHODS (GENETIC COUNSELLING) COMMUNITY PLACEMENT 1 and COMMUNITY PLACEMENT 2 GENETIC COUNSELLING PLACEMENT 1 and GENETIC COUNSELLING PLACEMENT 2 CLINICAL GENOMICS GENETIC COUNSELLING DISSERTATION Teaching and Learning Methods A variety of methods are used, including problem-based learning, case-based learning, lectures, tutorials and placements. These are supplemented by a wide range of course-specific electronic resources for additional learning and self-assessment. As a result, you will develop a wide range of skills relevant to a career in genetic & genomic counselling. These skills include team-working, data interpretation and use of scientific literature and databases. There are regular optional supplementary tutorials on topics selected by students.


How to apply

International applicants

International applicant information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'international'.

Entry 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.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

All fees are published on the University of Glasgow website. https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/feesandfunding/

Sponsorship information

Sponsorship and funding information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'scholarships'.

Genetic and Genomic Counselling (with Work Placement) at University of Glasgow - UCAS