Subjects and clinical placements
The UTS Master of Genetic Counselling is grounded in the profession, having been developed following extensive consultation with genetic counsellors in Australasia. The course is designed to facilitate future genetic counsellors to be knowledgeable, culturally competent, skilled communicators with well-developed research, clinical and professional skills applicable to a rapidly evolving and diverse range of clinical and research contexts.
You will participate in clinically-focused coursework, research training, and gain extensive experience during a range of clinical placements.
The Master of Genetic Counselling course will commence in the Autumn session with an induction day in early February with classes starting in late February/early March.
Our subjects are delivered in an innovative blended learning mode. Students will attend short intensive teaching blocks (one to two weeks) at the City Broadway campus, supported by weekly live and online workshops, and interactive online learning.
The course is comprised of 96 credit points (no electives).
- Communication and Counselling
- Medical Genetics and Genomics in Practice
- Research Methods in Genetic Counselling
- Clinical and Community Placement 1
- Genetic Counselling
- Research Project 1
- Research Issues in Genetic Counselling
- Genetic Counselling Clinical Placement 2
- Advanced Communication and Counselling
- Application of Genetics and Genomics
- Research Project 2
- Genetic Counselling Clinical Placement 3
- Advanced Genetic Counselling
- Genetics and Genomics in Society
- Advanced Professional Practice
- Genetic Counselling Clinical Placement 4
As a Genetic Counselling student, you will undertake a minimum of 74 days of clinical placement over the course of your degree. These clinical placements will support your development of the practice-based competencies by coordinating and integrating learning experiences. The placements are facilitated by UTS and will take place in a range of settings alongside experienced genetic counsellors. Clinical placements can be undertaken in various locations across Australia and New Zealand (subject to approval). There may also be opportunities to undertake clinical placements in the United Kingdom.
Clinical placements are an integral part of training in genetic counselling and provide students with opportunities for “real world” learning.
The Human Genetics Society of Australasia accreditation requires students to participate in clinical placements. These unpaid placements are spread across the degree, with more clinical placement time in the second year.