Master of Genetic Counselling

    • CRICOS Code: 061969D

    The experience


    Real-life educational facilities

    The Masters is taught within the Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, at the Royal Children’s Hospital Parkville campus. Students are encouraged to attend educational activities both on site and off site with health care providers involved in the delivery of the Masters. These include seminars, grand rounds, clinical meetings and journal clubs.


    In year 1 students undertake a community based placement in an organisation involved in support for individuals/families who have experience with genetic conditions. In year 2 students learn through observation and supervised practice with an expectation of increasing practice over three clinical placements. Students develop a professional portfolio that contains documentation of all placement related learning and assessment activities. The clinical placement assessment tasks mirror the skills needed in genetic counselling practice and for professional certification by the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) (

    Student experience

    "All the coordinators are so dedicated to their respective units and it always feels like they are putting real effort into making sure we get the most out of every tutorial.

    The things we learn are all very practise focused which I find fantastic - it makes it a lot easier to learn and understand. All of the assessments are relevant to the sort of tasks I’ll be performing as a genetic counselling. Overall the course has been fantastic, I feel more confident now than when I started that this career is what I want to do".

    - Michael Millward, current Master of Genetic Counselling student