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Master of Genetic Counselling

    • CRICOS Code: 061969D
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    Overview

    Applications for the Master of Genetic Counselling Course for 2019 are now open and will close on 30 September 2018.

    As part of the application process all applicants must write a personal statement of up to 1,000 words. The statement should explain how the applicant meets the selection criteria, identify individual skills and qualities relevant to a career in genetic counselling and attest that it is the students own work.

    All applications should include an academic transcript and at least two and no more than three  written references from relevant referees such as:

    a) teacher/lecturer/academic

    b) employer/supervisor of paid work

    c) supervisor of peer counselling/volunteer work/placement

    Referees should detail the length of time they have known the candidate and in what capacity and attest to their perception of the candidate’s ability, character and suitability for a career as a genetic counsellor.

    References can be attached under "Academic results for prior studies". Then email mdhs-gradcw-admissions@unimelb.edu.au to advise that these documents have been attached.

    Pre-requisites

    Human genetics knowledge

    This is an important pre-requisite and applicants will need to demonstrate that they have studied first year biology as well as relevant second year genetics subjects. Academic transcripts will be reviewed and applicants invited for interview will complete a short assessment to indicate their level of understanding of basic genetic/genomic concepts.

    Relevant volunteering/peer counselling experience

    Applicants should nominate referees who can provide evidence of their ability to interact effectively and appropriately with people who are in distress.

    Some relevant experiential opportunities in Victoria are:-

    Very Special Kids http://www.vsk.org.au

    Lifeline https://www.lifeline.org.au/Support-Lifeline/Volunteer/Volunteer-for-Lifeline/default.aspx

    The Genetic Support Network of Victoria http://www.gsnv.org.au

    Alternatively volunteer experience with support organisations such as Down syndrome Victoria, Cystic Fibrosis Victoria or other groups that provide support to people living with a disability/genetic condition is considered favourable.

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