The Master of Genetic Counselling is a 2 year full time course designed to enhance your skills in clinical practice and research, drawing on the expertise of tutors who are leading clinicians, genetic counsellors and scientists.
Genetic counsellors work in multidisciplinary teams with clinical geneticists, nurses, social workers, dieticians and scientists, helping to communicate complex genetic information to individuals and families.
Tutorials are all conducted in the Health Education and Learning Precinct at the Melbourne Children’s Campus in Parkville. Students are encouraged to attend relevant seminars, journal clubs and clinical meetings to complement their studies.
With academic links to Manchester University, Cardiff University and the University of South Carolina, students can complete supervised placements in clinical genetics centres in the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand.
1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant´s ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criteria:
Applicants will have an undergraduate degree from a recognised University, with a cognate genetics subject to 2nd year undergraduate level.
Preference is given to applicants who have demonstrated relevant volunteer or professional experience
2. Some applicants will be selected for an interview from the above criteria. Final selection will be made from these interviews. Interviews can be conducted by telephone or Skype for interstate or international applicants
Applicants who need to satisfy the University’s English language requirements via the IELTS (International English Language Testing System: Academic English only) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must meet one of the following standards:
IELTS (Academic English only) 7.0 (written 7.0 with no band less than 6.0)
TOEFL (paper-based test) 600 + TWE 5.0
TOEFL (computer-based test) 250 + 5.0 essay rating
TOEFL (internet-based test) 100 + written score of 24 and no band less than 21
Applicants are requested to submit a personal statement of 1,000 words to accompany their application, outlining their interest in and understanding of genetic counselling role.
Students will complete the following eight core subjects (100 credit points). An exit point of the Graduate Diploma in Genetic Counselling is available after completion of year one.
GENE90001 Human Genetics and Genetic Counselling 1The curriculum is based on the genetic knowledge requirements of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia Board of Censors for Genetic Counselling, which governs the certification of genetic counsellors in Australia. Basic biological and genetic...
GENE90003 Counselling Skills
GENE90004 Health Communication Skills 1Issues of grief, breaking bad news and principles of interviewing with reference to families and couples will be studied. The means of study will be lectures, small group discussions and role plays. Students will attend and observe genetic...
POPH90226 Public Health GenomicsThe aim of the course is to provide a level of understanding around genetics and new genomic technology and how these fields may impact the community, individual health, public health and health service delivery. The course will provide an...
GENE90002 Clinical Genetics
GENE90005 Genetic Counselling and the CommunityThis subject will facilitate understanding of the wider community issues and how these influence genetic counselling. Discussion will focus on multi-cultural issues and conflict between these and the Australian context of genetic counselling....
PAED90016 Health Communication Skills 2
PAED90027 Healthcare Research-Principles & DesignsThis subject will introduce students to issues in undertaking clinical research within hospital, community and primary health care settings. Content includes: development of a research question, study design and methodology, and ethical issues in...
Students will complete the following three core subjects.
PAED90020 Clinical Practice
PAED90021 Genetic Counselling Practice
PAED90023 Research Dissertation: Minor Thesis
Develop skills of research methodology from the Graduate Diploma to effectively implement original supervised clinical research;
Understand the ethic committee process and develop an ethics proposal;
Undertake a critical literature review relevant to a particular topic of research;
Develop original research arising from clinical practice;
Present findings from a original research project at a professional forum;
Understand the principles of qualitative research, including research design and process in an ethical framework OR
Undertand biostatistical concepts and methods and their application in the assessment and management of health conditions OR
Develop an understanding of the nature and purposes of health program evaluation.
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