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University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)

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Master of Genetic Counselling

  • Masters (Coursework)

The two-year, graduate entry coursework Master of Genetic Counselling is the entry-level qualification for work as a genetic counsellor.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
2 years full-time
Course Code
C04374, 098052M

About this course

The two-year, graduate entry coursework Master of Genetic Counselling is the entry-level qualification for work as a genetic counsellor. This program is developed and delivered by experienced genetic counsellors, supported by expert educational designers, broad consultation with the genetic counselling profession and a skilled Curriculum Advisory Committee.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements Admission requirements Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies. Applicants must have completed either: an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline such as science, biomedical science, health science, social work, psychology, medicine, or related discipline, or 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. In addition to one of the above, applicants must have also completed the following subjects at a tertiary level within the last 10 years and must provide relevant subject outlines with their application: one biology subject (to first-year undergraduate level) one human genetics subject (to second- or third-year undergraduate level, or equivalent). 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 email. Applicants must also provide the following. At least two, and no more than three written references as evidence of relevant voluntary/paid work experience in a caring role. Referees may include: teacher/lecturer/academic, 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. A personal statement of up to 1000 words. The personal statement should describe the skills and qualities applicants bring to a career in genetic counselling and explain how they meet the selection criteria. Applicants should also include a statement confirming that this is their own work. 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. Professional and clinical requirements All successful applicants are 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. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7. 0 overall with a writing score of 7. 0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5. 0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190. Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place. International students International applicants, in addition to the above requirements, are 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 are required to complete a Statutory Declaration for Overseas Students. Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international stude
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Study locations

City campus (Sydney)

Graduate outcomes

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