Course Description

The Master of Genetic Counselling prepares you for career opportunities delivering prenatal, paediatric and adult genetic counselling in public and private health services, including cancer, IVF and ultrasound clinics. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to provide families with support and information about conditions due to genetic variations.

The course focuses on areas such as health communication and counselling, clinical practice, genetic and genomic sciences and their clinical applications, as well as ethical, clinical and legal aspects, and research analysis and methods.

As part of the course you will complete a research project focused on an aspect of genetic counselling. This will culminate in the writing of a research dissertation addressing the findings of this study (in the form of a journal article) and presentation of your results in the context of genetic counselling practice as a capstone at the end of the course.

You will be taught in small class sizes to enable a focused and collaborative study environment. Teaching will be conducted at the modern teaching facilities of the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Sydney Medical School, Northern and Royal North Shore Hospital, and at clinical and laboratory genetics services in other NSW Health facilities.

Throughout the course, Faculty and guest experts with national and international standing will present lectures and workshops covering new developments and differing perspectives in genetics and genomics.

This course is designed for graduates in a related field with demonstrated volunteer experience that provides an understanding of the lived experience of a disability or a life challenge. Our selection process includes a personal statement and an interview.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $27,500 total course cost.Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $10,596 total course cost.

Starting dates

March, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Psychology postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 60.0% (national average 72.6%)
Improved skills: 77.5% (national average 80.4%)
Overall satisfaction: 86.3% (national average 82.7%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Psychology postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 78.3% (national average 81.2%)
Studying full time: 11.3% (national average 15.0%)
Median full time salary: $94,600 (national average $75,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 072362M
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: MAGENCOU1000

Entry Requirements

IELTS: A minimum result of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 6.5 in each band TOEFL paper-based: A minimum result of 592 overall including a minimum result of 5.0 in Writing TOEFL IBT: A minimum result of 96 overall including a minimum result of 20 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 22 in Writing