University of Glasgow: Genetic and Genomic Counselling (with Work Placement)

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Email med-sch-medgen-msc@glasgow.ac.uk
Telephone 0141 330 4515
Study type Taught

Summary

The MSc in Genetic and Genomic Counselling is designed to give students a working knowledge of the principles and practice of Genetic Counselling which will qualify them to practice as Genetic and Genomic Counsellors. The programme will be delivered by University of Glasgow staff in collaboration with NHS staff from the West of Scotland Genetics Service, so that a current perspective on both laboratory diagnostics and clinical services will be obtained. This programme is accredited by the UK Genetic Counsellor Registration Board.

**Academic contact: med-sch-medgen-msc@glasgow.ac.uk
Admissions enquiries: www.gla.ac.uk/enquirenow
September start
MSc (Med Sci): 24 months full-time**

**WHY THIS PROGRAMME**

Genetic Counselling Placements in at least two different Genetics Centres will enable you to obtain a broader view of clinical practice, and there will also be opportunity to engage with patient support groups.
A key strength of this fully up-to-date and accredited programme is that it is delivered by highly dedicated, multi-award-winning teaching and clinical staff of the University, and by registered genetic counsellors, clinical and laboratory staff from the West of Scotland Genetics Service.
Teaching is based at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH), which includes adult services, children’s services and maternity services, as well as one of the largest diagnostic laboratories in Europe, and a new, purpose-built teaching and learning facility. The close collaboration between University and NHS staff ensures that the MSc in Genetic and Genomic Counselling provides a completely up-to-date representation of genetic services.
Counselling and psychology theoretical and research-focused courses are delivered by University staff trained in psychology, providing a firm foundation for the subsequent acquisition of knowledge and skills in genetic counselling facilitated by GCRB-registered Genetic Counsellors.
The University of Glasgow Medical Genetics Teaching Staff won the 2014 UK-wide Prospects Postgraduate Awards for the category of Best Postgraduate Teaching Team (Science, Technology & Engineering), to recognise and reward excellence and good practice; they were also finalists in the 2013 awards and are finalists in the category of "Outstanding support for students" in The Herald Higher Education Awards for Scotland in association with UWS 2016.
You will develop your skills in problem solving, evaluation and interpretation of diagnostic data, communication of the results of genome testing to patients, literature searches, scientific writing, oral presentations, poster presentations and team working.
The widely used textbook “Essential Medical Genetics” is co-authored by a member of the core teaching team, Professor Edward Tobias.

**PROGRAMME STRUCTURE**

Component courses are as follows:
- **Genetic Disease in Clinical Practice**

- **Case Investigations in Medical Genetics**

- **Distress or disorder: reactions to a medical diagnosis**

- **Patient empowerment: supporting decisions relating to new diagnoses**

- **Effective listening and communication skills**

- **Genetic counselling in clinical practice**

- **Social science research methods**

- **Community placements 1 & 2**

- **Genetic counselling placement 1 & 2**

- **Clinical genomics**

- **Dissertation**

- **Teaching and learning methods**

- **Electronic Resources**

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/senateoffice/studentcontract/

**CAREER PROSPECTS**
The programme aims to provide students with skills to work as Genetic Counsellors. This programme is accredited by the Genetic Counsellor Registration Board (GCRB) producing graduates who are eligible for entry as a ‘trainee genetic counsellor’.

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