The European Society
of Human Genetics

Other Courses

Other Courses

Master Course on Genetic Counselling, at U.Porto - vacancies open for 2020/22 ed.

We do have a few openings for our Master on Genetic Counselling, at ICBAS, U.Porto. This full-time, 2-years, MSc has a theoretical classes (psychology, genetics, communication, ethics) and a strong practical component, with several clinical rotations (paediatrics, neurology, clinical psychology, prenatal medicine, ART, cancer genetics, among other optional curricular units) during its 1st year.

In addition to a short scientific project on genetic counselling (leading to a peer-reviewed paper), the 2nd year is fully dedicated to a clinical rotation in a medical genetics service recognized by our MSc Scientific Council (there are 4-5 openings in Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon NHS hospitals; but, both national and foreign students may also do that 2nd year rotation at a medical genetics service in their own or any other country, provided this is previously agreed by our SC).

These professionalizing rotations (internships) are guided by the same rules and principles of the residency for clinical genetics specialists in PT, and must be tutored by a local clinical geneticist or accredited genetic counsellor.

This Master Course is the entrance to the profession of genetic counsellor in EU countries. Our MSc has been accredited by the EBMG.

The deadline for receiving candidacies for the 2020/22 edition is now 30 June to 17 July. Classes will start on 21 September.

Jorge Sequeiros, MD, PhD, Clinical Geneticist

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The University of Manchester's MRes Genetic Medicine programme

This programme provides contemporary academic and practical training in genetics applied to disease and healthcare. The core training aspect of this programme is a 25 week full-time research project.

The programme is suitable for science graduates who have a basic understanding of human genetics and molecular biology and graduates will be well qualified for a career in clinical or laboratory based genetic medicine (including biotech and industrial R&D).

For medical students this programme can be completed during undergraduate training or after qualification and will provide invaluable experience for those wishing to pursue a career in genetics or academic medicine.

Graduates from this programme will be well placed for pursuing further research through a PhD.

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Swansea University MSc Genomic Medicine

The MSc Genomic Medicine course at Swansea University Medical School is based on the indicative curriculum of Health Education England, NHS England and Genomics England LTD and will equip you with knowledge and skills to understand and interpret genomic data, an understanding of genetic and genomic techniques in a clinical setting, bioinformatic approaches required for analysis of genomic data, and advanced knowledge and skills to improve patient care.

The programme provides students with the necessary fundamental knowledge required to understand genomics as well as more specialised areas such as cancer genomics, rare and common inherited disease, pharmacogenomics, and infectious disease. There is also a research project, which can be based on almost any area the student chooses, either supported within the students hosting NHS department, or by our network of experts.

We offer full time and part time study options and the course is applicable to students who are recent graduates to those looking to upskill or change their career. We also boast 12 fully funded places for NHS professionals to upskill and stay in line with this rapidly growing and relevant area of medicine.

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The Gen-Equip Project -

Free online courses in genetics produced by health professionals in Europe for health professionals in Europe.

As part of the Gen-Equip project, we have produced a series of online courses based on patient cases.

They are suitable for medical doctors, nurses and midwives:

  • Working in Primary Care (general or family practice)
  • Working Secondary care (e.g. oncology, cardiac care, obstetrics, pardiatrics)
  • Who have begun training in genetics (genetic counsellors, genetic nurses, trainee geneticists)
  • As additional course material for undergraduate or postgraduate students in the health professions.  

There are cases to cover:

  • Familial cancers
  • Genetic issues arising during or before pregnancy
  • The child with a genetic condition
  • Inherited cardiac conditions.


In addition, there is a series of short webinars on key topics such as

  • Taking and recording a family history,
  • Testing during pregnancy,
  • Understanding genetic test results
  • Referring to the genetics service.


Please go to to access all the educational materials.


This project has been co-funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+  programme.

The material in this webinar reflects only the author’s views and the European Commission and Ecorys UK are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.


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