Master of Genetic Counselling

  • CRICOS code: 061969D

Course overview

  • 2 years full time / 3 years part time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake - February


In Australasia, genetic counsellors are allied health professionals who work in partnership with clinical geneticists or other medical specialists, often as part of a multidisciplinary team that may include other allied health professionals and/or scientists.

Genetic counselling is a communication process that aims to help individuals, couples and families understand and adapt to the implications of a genetic contribution to a health condition.

The role of a genetic counsellor includes

  • provision of risk information to individuals/families,
  • education about a genetic condition to individuals/families/health professionals
  • counselling to individuals/families to promote informed health care decision making
  • psychosocial support to individuals/families who have a history of a genetic condition

The Master of Genetic Counselling is a professionally accredited coursework degree, completed full time over two years.

Learn from leading industry experts

Teaching staff are primarily practicing genetic counsellors, scientists and clinicians within the field of clinical genetics health care and research. Community support groups and individuals/families with personal/family experience of genetics also provide expertise to the teaching and placements in the course.


Graduating with a Master of Genetic Counselling meets the requirements for entry level professional employment as an associate genetic counsellor, and for Board Eligible certification, awarded through the Board of Censors in Genetic Counselling (Human Genetics Society of Australasia). The attainment of Board Certification requires the submission of a portfolio of work, completed whilst employed as an associate genetic counsellor (

International opportunities

With well-established links to overseas training programs there are international opportunities for students, through an active exchange program for clinical placements and research collaborations. Graduates of the Masters have the opportunity to undertake certification both in Australia and overseas in those countries with an established reciprocal training and certification agreement.

Prospective students can view the program flyer and contact for all enquiries.

Master of Genetic Counselling Information Evening - Wednesday 10th August - 5.30pm - 6.30pm

We would like to invite you to attend our information evening to learn about a career in Genetic Counselling.

The Master of Genetic Counselling (MGC) is a full-time, two year program designed to teach skills in clinical genetics counselling practice and research. It is a fully accredited by the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA). The program draws on the expertise of tutors who are leading Clinicians, Genetic Counsellors and Scientists.

Graduates are eligible to gain employment as an Associate Genetic Counsellor and able to work in a diverse range of fields - for example clinical genetics services, genetics education, community health organisations and health policy.

A/Prof Jan Hodgson, Program Director will give a presentation about the program and you will be introduced to our key senior lecturers who will also be available to answer questions.

Registration is essential.