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Master of Genetic Counselling (MC-GENCOUN) // Entry and participation requirements

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Entry requirements

  1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
    • an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline; or
    • an undergraduate degree in any discipline and at least 1 year of documented relevant work experience; and
    • at least one first year undergraduate biology subject and at least one second year undergraduate genetics subject (preferably human genetics), or equivalent; and
    • relevant voluntary/professional work experience in providing peer/counselling support to others at times of need or crisis; and
    • three written, signed references to attest to volunteer/work experience and ability
    • a personal statement outlining why they wish to be considered for the course; and
    • an interview (restricted to shortlisted applicants), which involves:
      • writing a 500-word reflective piece on a relevant topic as determined by the Selection Committee; and
      • completion of a genetics quiz to demonstrate mastery of basic genetic/genomic concepts; and
      • completion of a resilience survey
    Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
  2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
      • prior academic performance; and
      • relevant professional and/or voluntary work experience and
      • the personal statement; and
      • the performance at the interview; and
      • the references.
  3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
  4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7+ is required.


Students may choose to exit the course with a Graduate Diploma in Genetic Counselling following successful completion of the first 100 credit points. The Graduate Diploma in Genetic Counselling is only available as an exit award. Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Genetic Counselling does not satisfy requirements to register as a practicing Genetic Counsellor.

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/