Entry to the Master of Genetic Counselling is competitive and we encourage students to submit their application as soon as applications open as the School reviews and makes offers from September onwards. Twenty-three places are on offer for the 2019 intake.
Application processes are different for coursework and research degrees. Please choose from the following categories:
Master of Genetic Counselling (C04374)
Autumn session commences with Professional Skills Week in mid-February with classes starting in late February. Applications are not accepted for commencement in Spring session (mid-year).
Prospective students are welcome to apply in their final session/semester of undergraduate study. Successful applicants will be granted a conditional offer with a full offer made once their degree and all prerequisites are complete.
Application opening date
Applications for the next session (Autumn 2020) will open early September 2019.
If you are thinking of studying at the Graduate School of Health, submit your expression of interest here. You will receive updates on upcoming PG Information Sessions and be alerted when applications have opened.
Applying as a domestic (local) student
If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, Australian permanent resident or a humanitarian visa holder, you can lodge your application quickly and easily online directly to UTS. Visit the page to learn about how to apply and submit your application.
If your previous degree/s were completed overseas, please submit your application to Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) as UAC can verify your documents and calculate your GPA.
Applying as an international student
If you are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident, you will need to apply through UTS International.
Admission requirements and prerequisites
Applicants to the Master of Genetic Counselling must have completed a UTS recognised Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification:
1. a) an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline such as Science, Biomedical Science, Health Science, Social Work, Psychology, Medicine, or related discipline
b) an undergraduate degree in any discipline and documented relevant work experience including clear evidence of career development, professional writing, and professional achievement or practice comparable to that expected of undergraduate degree holders in cognate disciplines; AND
2. Prerequisite studies in biology to first-year undergraduate level and human genetics to second or third-year undergraduate level, or equivalent; AND
3. Relevant voluntary/paid work experience in a caring role.
For prerequisite checking, students must provide a copy of the subject or unit descriptions from the university handbook (or equivalent) of the university where they completed the subjects. If students are unsure whether the previous study meets prerequisite requirements, they can submit the subject outlines for pre-assessment via .
All applicants must write a personal statement of up to 1,000 words. The personal statement should describe the skills and qualities you bring to a career in genetic counselling and explain how you meet the selection criteria. You should also include a statement confirming that this is your own work.
All applicants are asked to provide at least two, and no more than three, written references from relevant referees. Referees may include:
- employer/supervisor of paid work
- supervisor of peer counselling/volunteer work/placement
Referees should include a statement regarding how long they have known the applicant and the capacity in which they know the applicant. Referees are asked to comment on the applicant’s character, ability, and suitability to be a genetic counsellor.
The references should be submitted as a PDF and, where possible, include the signature of the referee.
Selected applicants are required to undertake a short interview with a panel, and final offers are dependent upon interview rank. Applicants are assessed in the areas of communication skills, interpersonal skills, interest in genetic counselling, and commitment to genetic counselling as a career.
Read our student blog for tips about how to approach the interview.
Professional and clinical requirements
Successful applicants will be required to:
- Acquire a Working With Children Check and an Australian National Police Check**
- Complete a series of NSW Health forms including a Code of Conduct, and
- Demonstrate evidence of protection against a number of specified infectious diseases
**International applicants, in addition to the requirements above, will be required to obtain a police certificate/criminal clearance from every country they have resided in. If a country does not issue police certificates/criminal clearances, applicants will be required to complete a Statutory Declaration for Overseas Students.
To calculate the fees for this course, visit UTS Fees.
Note: there are no Commonwealth Supported Places available for this course however you may be eligible for the FEE-HELP loan scheme.
For further information, please contact the Graduate School of Health.
Master of Genetic Counselling (Research) (C03061 – CRICOS 098375C)
Doctor of Philosophy (Genetic Counselling) (C02065 – CRICOS 098404C)
How to apply
Identify your proposed area of research, and potential supervisor/s. Future research students are encouraged to view the school's:
Make an enquiry to UTS Genetic Counselling. This helps us to connect you to a supervisor and start your application process.
The school’s research team will help guide you through this step.
Domestic students should follow the research degree application process outlined by the Graduate Research School.
International students should visit UTS International for comprehensive information on the application process, fees and English language requirements.
Expressions of interest are currently being sought for 2019 commencement.
Note: it is important for candidates to contact UTS Graduate School of Health and arrange supervision before the application is submitted.
UTS: Genetic Counselling offers a range of scholarships for PhD students. In particular, students in Pharmaceutics are currently being sought for an exciting project relating to innovative drug delivery and pharmaceutical nanotechnology. Visit our scholarships page for details.
Local students (citizens of Australia and New Zealand and permanent residents of Australia) currently have their course fees met through the Commonwealth Government’s Research Training Program . However, students are responsible for other fees incurred by their project (eg. software, photocopying, transport).
International students should visit the UTS International website for information on international student fees.