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Cwnsela Genetig a Genomig (MSc)

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Cewch eich trwytho mewn genomig ddynol, geneteg, dadansoddi genetig a biowybodeg, mewn sgiliau cyfathrebu a chwnsela, ac yn y sgiliau sy’n ofynnol i weithio fel rhan o dîm amlddisgyblaethol sy’n rhoi cyngor geneteg a genomig i deuluoedd.


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Tiwtoriaid arbenigol

Cyfadran academaidd yn cynnwys cynghorwyr genetig gyda phrofiad clinigol helaeth ac arbenigedd byd-eang mewn ymchwil cynghori genetig.


Achrediad gan gorff proffesiynol

Achredir ein rhaglen gan Fwrdd Cofrestru Cynghorwyr Genetig y DU a Bwrdd Geneteg Feddygol Ewrop.


Paratoi ar gyfer ymarfer clinigol

Yn ystod blwyddyn 2, cewch gyfle i gael profiad gwerthfawr yn y gweithle ar leoliad clinigol cymeradwy yn agos at eich lleoliad eich hun.


Cyfleoedd ymchwil

Mae'r gefnogaeth a gynigir gan ein staff arbenigol yn cynnig cyfle i chi gynnal ymchwil safon cyhoeddi yn ystod blwyddyn 3.

The primary aim of this course is to train graduates interested in the clinical application of advances in human genetics and genomics so that they can provide and critically evaluate genetic and genomic counselling services.

This is an innovative, part-time, largely distance-learning course. This opens up our well-established training expertise to an international audience, as it removes the need for you to relocate to Cardiff for full-time study to train as a genetic counsellor. Instead, you will attend short intensive teaching blocks in Wales and engage in online learning throughout the remainder of each year.

The course is particularly suitable for students interested in pursuing a career as a genetic counsellor. It is designed to meet the UK Genetic Counsellor Registration Board (GCRB) Set ‘A’ educational requirement to submit a Notification of Intention to Register with the GCRB (see www.gcrb.org.uk/), as well as the European Board of Medical Genetics (EBMG Genetic Counsellors division) educational requirement to submit a Notification of Intention to Register with the EBMG.

Being primarily a distance-learning course has meant that I’m able to work alongside my studies, which is beneficial to my pocket. It also provides me with structure, gives me a world outside of studies, and allows me to develop other skills which, depending on your job, supplements my studies. I’m really enjoying the course so far. At the first face-to-face teaching block in Cardiff we met a number of patients and genetic counsellors and covered lots about counselling skills. It is a demanding programme, but the assignments are interesting and serve a purpose - they’re relatable to the role of a genetic counsellor! We have weekly tutorials where we use an online platform to talk with each other and the staff in real time – this is always really helpful. It’s a chance to ask lots of questions and discuss topics / hypothetical scenarios (my favourite part as it makes studying feel more like real life) - and you can even do this in your pyjamas!
Alys, Genetic and Genomic Counselling (MSc)

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Academic Requirements

You will need to have 2:1 honours degree, or an equivalent international degree, in a biological or (bio)medical science. Equivalent science degrees are also accepted e.g. social science, nursing, psychology.

English language requirements

IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with 6.5 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent

Other essential requirements

You will also need to provide:

  • references that evidence you have gained at least 6 months full-time equivalent (approx. 800 hours) non-family caring experience at the point of application. For September 2021 entry only - we are aware that this experience is difficult to obtain at the moment due to the constraints imposed by Covid-19, so please apply evidencing what caring experience you can and this will be taken into account when scoring your application. 
  • an academic reference evidencing your capacity to undertake the demands of the programme
  • a personal statement that demonstrates your knowledge, motivation, and commitment to a career in genetic and genomic counselling (you must use the below questions as headings in your document)
  1. What motivates you to apply for this course?
  2. What personal qualities and attributes do you possess that would enhance your ability to work as a genetic counsellor?
  3. Please describe any experience you have had working with individuals who might be considered vulnerable.
  4. If you have previously applied for this course and were unsuccessful, please describe what further experience you have gained which may strengthen your application.

Application deadline

The application deadline is 31 March. You must submit all the evidence listed in the entry criteria by the deadline in order to be considered for an interview. If you submit an application after this date, we will only consider it if places are still available post-interview.

Selection Process

Once you have submitted a completed application form, we will review your application and assign it a score based on pre-determined criteria. Applications will then be ranked by score, and the top-scoring applicants will be invited to interview.

At the panel interview, you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge of genetic and genomic counselling
  • Reflective and self-awareness skills
  • Ability to reflect on the psychosocial impact of disease and disability
  • Knowledge and understanding of human genetics
  • Year 2 placement plans/preferences

Interviewees will be scored based on pre-determined criteria. The application and interview score will be combined, and offers will be made to the top-scoring applicants. Note that offers cannot be issued without a placement agreement in place (this will take place post-interview).

Rhagor o wybodaeth am ofynion Iaith Saesneg.

Mae'n rhaid i ymgeiswyr sydd angen Fisa myfyriwr i astudio yn y DU gyflwyno cymhwyster iaith Saesneg derbyniol er mwyn bodloni gofynion UKVI (Fisâu a Mewnfudo y DU).

Euogfarnau troseddol

You will be required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check if your application is successful. If you are applying from certain countries overseas, a Certificate of Good Conduct may be required.

If you have a relevant criminal conviction, this will be stated in the check and may affect your ability to enrol on the course. Applicants who are on the barred list should be aware that applying to this course is likely to be considered a criminal offence.

Strwythur y cwrs

The MSc programme consists of two stages: The taught stage lasts for a total of 24 months.  The dissertation stage R lasts for a further 12 months, following completion of the taught stages.  The total normal duration to complete the full MSc programme is three academic years, from the date of initial registration on the programme.

This is a highly intensive programme and a commitment of 2-3 days per week is recommended for general study. There is also the commitment to the face-to-face study blocks, weekly timetabled online tutorials, assignment deadlines, and the placement in Year 2.

Taught Stage

This stage consists of eight modules with credit values of 10, 20 or 50 credits, totalling 180 credits, at Level 7.

You can exit the course after successfully completing 180 credits of the taught (Stage T) component (including all required modules) with a Postgraduate Diploma.

In Year 2, as well as studying modules, you will be required to complete a clinical placement of at least 72 days (full-time equivalent) in a clinical genetic service. This is supported by significant patient interaction.  Access to and concrete plans for your genetic counselling placement is a criterion for selection at interview.  Please consider discussing your plans for placement with the programme team prior to application, by contacting the Admissions tutor.

Dissertation Stage

This stage will include a dissertation of 60 credits at Level 7, to achieve a combined total of 240 credits at Level 7 to complete the MSc programme.

Mae'r modiwlau a ddangosir yn esiampl o'r cwricwlwm arferol. Byddant yn cael eu hadolygu cyn blwyddyn academaidd 2022/23. Bydd y modiwlau terfynol yn cael eu cyhoeddi erbyn mis Medi 2022.

Blwyddyn un

The Year one modules total 90 credits.  In addition to the online modules, there will be two face-to-face teaching blocks in Cardiff in Year 1, the first in September/October, and the second in early June.  The rest of the teaching and assessment will be via distance learning using our virtual learning environment.

Blwyddyn dau

The modules in Year two total 90 credits.  In addition to the online modules, there will be two face-to-face teaching blocks in Wales (UK) in Year two, in December and May.  The rest of the teaching and assessment will be via distance learning using the Cardiff University virtual learning environment.

A major component within year two is the placement module, through which the knowledge and skills you have developed on the MSc in Genetic and Genomic Counselling will be applied and assessed in a clinical genetics / genetic counselling service.  You must complete a clinical placement of at least 72 days in a clinical genetic service, participating in the regular activities of the service and contributing to the genetic counselling of clients of the service in accordance with a pre-arranged Placement Agreement.

Blwyddyn tri

To progress to the Dissertation stage, you must first pass all components of the taught stage of the programme.  In Year three, you will focus on completing your MSc dissertation project.  You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor will be provided who will support you in achieving the goals of the project.

Year three will include one three-day face-to-face teaching block in Cardiff in November.  This block is to provide teaching, guidance and support for your dissertation project and keep you connected with your counselling skills. It will include a consolidation of previous teaching on research design and methodology and enable you to discuss your project plans with the tutors and supervisors.

Mae'r Brifysgol wedi ymrwymo i ddarparu amrywiaeth eang o opsiynau modiwl lle’n bosibl. Ond byddwch yn ymwybodol er y byddwn yn gwneud pob ymdrech i gynnig dewis, gall hyn gael ei gyfyngu mewn rhai amgylchiadau. Y rheswm am hyn yw'r ffaith mai dim ond nifer cyfyngedig o leoedd sydd ar gael ar rai modiwlau, a gaiff eu dyrannu ar sail y cyntaf i'r felin. Mae'n ofynnol i fodiwlau eraill sicrhau isafswm nifer o fyfyrwyr cyn gallu eu cynnal, er mwyn gwneud yn siŵr y gellir cyflwyno addysg o ansawdd priodol. Gall modiwlau gael eu cyfyngu oherwydd gwrthdaro yn yr amserlen hefyd, ac er bod y Brifysgol yn ymdrechu i amharu cyn lleied â phosibl ar eich dewis, byddai'n syniad da i chi ofyn am gyngor gan yr Ysgol berthnasol am y dewisiadau modiwl sydd ar gael.

Dysgu ac asesu

Sut y caf fy addysgu?

You will be taught through a combination of face-to-face and online lectures, tutorials, seminars, self-directed study and experiential learning on placement.

The programme involves mandatory weekly timetabled online tutorials during term time throughout the duration of the course.

Lectures take a range of forms but generally they aim to provide a broad structure for each subject, to introduce key concepts, and to convey relevant up-to-date information.  In tutorials and seminars, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss particular genetic and genomic counselling topics, to consolidate and receive feedback on your individual learning and to develop skills in oral presentation.  Tutorials will enable you to make individual contributions to group study, for example by summarising a particular genetic condition or your dissertation project for the group.

You will have the opportunity to practise and develop counselling, intellectual, team-working and presentational skills by participating in diverse learning activities, such as solving clinical problems, small-group discussions, debates, oral presentations, independent research tasks and written assignments as well as your practical placement activities in year 2. 

Sut y caf fy asesu?

You will be assessed through a combination of means including written work (blogs, essays), presentations, reflective pieces, video skills assessment and a dissertation.

The dissertation is based on a literature-review or an empirical study and normally not more than 20,000 words supported by such other material as may be considered appropriate to the subject and should include the results of your period of project work.  Topic areas could include, for example: individual, family or patient experiences of genetic or genomic testing and counselling; patient outcomes from genetic or genomic testing and counselling; social and ethical implications of genetic technologies and genetic or genomic counselling; or the professional experiences of genetic counsellors.

Formative Feedback

Formative feedback is feedback that does not contribute to progression or degree classification decisions.  The goal of formative feedback is to improve your understanding and learning before you complete your summative assessment.  More specifically, formative feedback:

  • helps you to identify your strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work;
  • helps staff to support you and address the problems identified with targeted strategies for improvement.

Summative Feedback

Summative feedback is feedback on assessments that contribute to progression or degree classification decisions.  The goal of summative assessment is to indicate how well you have succeeded in meeting the intended learning outcomes of a Module or Programme and will enable you to identify any action required in order to improve. 

You will have the opportunity to discuss feedback one-to-one with the course directors, lecturers and tutors as needed.  You will also have the opportunity to benefit from peer feedback from your fellow students.  Tutorial sessions provide a forum for group feedback to and from the course directors. 

Sut y caf fy nghefnogi?

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will help you reflect on your performance on the course and advise you on study techniques and career planning.  They will also provide a first point of contact if you experience any difficulties.  You will have the opportunity to meet (virtually or otherwise) one-to-one with your personal tutor once per term.

Extensive careers expertise is available within the School.  In addition, our programme team members are experienced EBMG and/or GCRB registered genetic counsellors and can provide career guidance where appropriate.

A range of staff are available to provide further support, including an academic support tutor and a specialist medical librarian.  A member of academic staff acts as a designated Disability and Diversity Officer and ensures that reasonable adjustments are made for students with disabilities.

All modules within the programme make extensive use of our virtual learning environment, Learning Central, where you can access discussion forums and find course materials including recordings of lectures, links to related materials, multiple-choice tests, past exam papers and examples of student work from previous years.  Learning Central will also be used for discussion boards, tutorials, student presentations and class discussions.

You will be allocated a nominated supervisor  when undertaking your dissertation, with whom to schedule meetings, which may be via Skype or other online environment, to discuss progress, provide advice and guidance, and will give you written feedback on a single draft dissertation.

The programme team will support you and your peers to develop strong relationships within the class.  Your fellow students are a great source of support, and the programme team will work hard to create an environment that will foster this as your classmates will continue to be useful sources of support throughout your career as a genetic counsellor.  We will strive to create opportunities for the group to meet and have fun socially during the face-to-face blocks in Wales.  The programme team also moderates a Facebook closed group for all current and past students, and you will be encouraged to create your own class Facebook closed group (which the programme team do not access) to foster supportive class relationships.

Pa sgiliau y byddaf yn eu hymarfer a’u datblygu?

The course will provide you with the opportunity to gain a range of valuable skills, both discipline specific skills and more generic employability skills.  Through the programme, you will have the opportunity to develop counselling and communication skills, IT and practical clinical skills, and you will be presented with a number of opportunities to extend your communication and analytical skills.

Knowledge & Understanding:

On completing the Programme, you will be able to:

  1. Appreciate ways in which a range of healthcare sciences contribute to the practice of genetic counselling

  2. Combine knowledge of human genetics and genomics including Mendelian inheritance patterns, cytogenetics, molecular genetics and genomics, for the purposes of genetic and genomic counselling.

  3. Assess and calculate individual genetic risks using the principles of probability and statistics.

  4. Predict the psychosocial aspects of genetic conditions using theories of counselling, sociology of health and illness, cultural awareness, family dynamics and decision-making.

  5. Calculate an individual’s risk of inheriting or developing a genetic condition that runs or may run in their family, taking in to consideration the inheritance pattern of the condition, their family structure and any conditional events that may have influenced their risk. 

Intellectual Skills:

On completing the Programme, you will be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge of genetics and genomics, including dysmorphology, inherited and multifactorial disorders, cancer genetics, genetic and genomic testing, bioinformatics and screening including prenatal diagnosis for the purposes of genetic and genomic counselling.

  2. Utilise and critically appraise published evidence for the purposes of accurate and appropriate genetic and genomic counselling.

  3. Appreciate and critically appraise the philosophical, legal and ethical issues that arise in genetic and genomic counselling and apply appropriate theoretical frameworks to resolve these issues.

  4. Propose how current counselling theory and research evidence can inform genetic and genomic counselling practice.

  5. Critique the role and development of clinical genetics service within the NHS and internationally

  6. Critically evaluate published research evidence and its role in the delivery of quality genetic and genomic counselling services.

  7. Design, implement and complete a small research, clinical audit, innovation or service evaluation project.

Professional Practical Skills:

On completing the Programme, you will be able to:

  1. Provide safe, effective, patient-centred genetic and genomic counselling with appropriate professionalism.

  2. Apply counselling skills appropriately in genetic and genomic counselling practice.

  3. Critique the wider impact of disability on individuals and families and the services available for these people.

  4. Assess psychosocial responses to the diagnosis of a genetic condition, genetic risk status, genetic or genomic test results or termination of pregnancy, using theories of coping and grief-bereavement.

  5. Defend the importance of confidentiality of genetic information.

  6. Critique ways in which genetic and genomic counselling integrate with other healthcare sciences and health professions.

  7. Apply professional self-awareness and self-reflection to their own professional development in ways that enhance their practice in genetic and genomic counselling, and improve patient outcomes.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On completing the Programme, you will be able to:

  1. Apply problem solving skills to a range of diverse issues

  2. Manage and prioritise workload and time effectively
    for the completion of quality projects, including working to deadlines

  3. Demonstrate ability to work effectively with others to develop innovative solutions and solve problems

  4. Demonstrate initiative, taking responsibility for accomplishing objectives and goals

  5. Listen effectively to understand and process important and/or complex information

  6. Communicate accurately, clearly and concisely in variety of styles, using a range of media to a wide variety of audiences

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Os ydych chi'n wladolyn o'r UE/AEE neu'r Swistir, oni bai eich bod yn gymwys i gael statws ffioedd y DU, bydd ffioedd dysgu ar gyfer 2021/22 yn unol â'r ffioedd a godir ar fyfyrwyr rhyngwladol. Mae UKCISA wedi darparu gwybodaeth am Brexit a ffioedd dysgu.

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Costau ychwanegol

While most of the costs are incorporated in the fee structure, there are some additional costs that you need to be aware of. You are responsible for all costs of travel (including visas), transportation, subsistence and overnight accommodation, from your home base to:

  • All face-to-face teaching blocks in Wales; this includes a cost of approx. GBP £230 (2017 prices) for the cost of accommodation and meals at the 4-night ethics component at Gregynog Hall (see http://www.gregynog.org/)
  • Local genetic counselling clinical placements
  • Any required re-sit examinations in Cardiff

Additionally there may be an additional cost to you if you require English Language proof reading for your dissertation or other written assessments.

You will also be responsible for the cost of any DBS or local police checks required.

You may also wish to purchase your own copies of core text books.

Applicants proposing placements in the UK or Republic of Ireland must not make direct contact with clinical genetics services in those countries, but can discuss proposed plans with the programme team as part of the application and selection process.

Costau byw

Rydym wedi ein lleoli yn un o ddinasoedd mwyaf fforddiadwy y DU. Rhagor o wybodaeth am gostau byw yng Nghaerdydd.

Gyrfaoedd a lleoliadau gwaith

This programme is particularly suitable for those interested in pursuing a career as a genetic counsellor in the UK, as it is designed to meet the UK Genetic Counsellor Registration Board (GCRB) Set A educational requirement to submit a Notification of Intention to Register with the GCRB. The programme is accredited by the GCRB, so that the MSc qualifies trainee genetic counsellors to apply for Assured Voluntary Registration with the GCRB, which enables a trainee genetic counsellor (paid on Agenda For Change (AFC) band 6) to move into an AFC band 7 NHS post in the UK NHS.

It is also suitable for those interested in pursuing a career as a genetic counsellor in Europe and internationally, as it is designed to meet the European Board of Medical Genetics (EBMG Genetic Counsellors division) educational requirement to submit a Notification of Intention to Register with the EBMG. The accreditation from EBMG means that the MSc qualification qualifies trainee genetic counsellors to apply for EBMG registration.

Over 90% of graduates from the Cardiff University genetic counsellor training programmes have obtained employment as genetic counsellors since the course began in 2000.

In the UK and in the USA, the demand for genetic counsellors has increased in recent years. Graduates from existing UK MSc in Genetic (and Genomic) courses will be insufficient to meet the needs of the UK NHS over the next few years, as many UK genetic counsellors are approaching retirement.  The Transnational Alliance of Genetic Counsellors (a partnership of genetic counsellor educators from eighteen countries) have strongly emphasized the need for training more genetic counsellors to practice internationally, specifically across the EU, Asia and South America.



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