Taught course

Genetic and Genomic Counselling

Cardiff University · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

In addition to satisfying the requirements of the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirements, applicants must:

  • 2:1 in biological / (bio)medical science or equivalent science, social science, nursing, psychology
  • Evidence demonstrating knowledge, motivation, and commitment to a career in genetic and genomic counselling i.e.knowledge/experience of genetics and genomics in healthcare
  • >6 months full-time equivalent caring experience e.g.healthcare work, volunteering with a counselling service, in a genetic or genomic counselling clinic or supporting a vulnerable child or adult (e.g.with a disability)

Months of entry


Course content

The primary aim of this course 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.

You will be given a thorough grounding in human genomics, genetics, genetic analysis and bioinformatics, in communication and counselling skills, and in the skills required for you to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing genetic and genomic counselling for families.

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, 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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