Taught course

Genetic Counselling

The University of Manchester · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Honours degree, preferably in one of the biological or equivalent sciences, nursing or psychology (minimum 2:1 or equivalent expected) For applicants whose degree did not include completion of genetics modules, offers may be made subject to the successful completion of an academically accredited short course in the science of human genetics. Advice on relevant courses can be obtained from Anne Burns from 1 October 2010 Minimum 6 months full-time equivalent working in a caring role (this may be through previous professional work (e.g. nursing/social work) or in a voluntary capacity.

Months of entry


Course content

There is a professional organisation, the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC), which is a sub-group of the British Society for Human Genetics. Professional registration is awarded through the UK Genetic Counsellor Registration Board, and the MSc awarded by this programme is a recognised entry qualification for this. Course content is linked to practice-based competencies as defined by professional bodies.

The programme aims to:

Provide academic and vocational training for professional genetic counsellors to work in the UK and overseas
Equip students with the necessary skills to enable them to contribute to the research and development of the profession
Promote awareness of the importance of the psychosocial impact of human genetic technology among patients, health and social care professionals and the wider society

Information for international students

English language requirement if English not first language: TOEFL score 600 minimum IELTS 7.0 minimum In addition, applicants' language ability will be assessed at interview.

Fees and funding

The School does not have designated funding for student bursaries. The Yorkshire Regional Genetic Service at St James' in Leeds is able to sponsor one student each year.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Professional practice30
Dissertation30 (25000 words)

Course contact details

School of Medicine
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