School of Nursing and Midwifery

MSc Contemporary Healthcare (Health Genetics)

Genetics and genomics have become an integral part of the healthcare service. Our modern programme, which we’re constantly adapting to reflect professional and technological changes, will advance your skills, knowledge and insight in the challenging sector of genetic healthcare. Study part-time over three years and choose the modules you want to study. You’ll leave fully equipped to provide more effective, efficient and better quality practice for the patients who rely on you.

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FIRST CHOICE FOR HEALTH

This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Key features

  • Steer your career in the direction you want. We offer a wide range of modules, so you can choose to group modules together to create the combination that suits your previous education and experience and your career aspirations. Focused themes include practical genetics, genetic science and counselling skills.
  • Engage with a course specifically designed to address the needs of professionals wishing to develop their careers in genetic counselling or genetic nursing.  
  • Learn from research-active staff at the forefront of knowledge, conducting research into Applied Health Genetics.
  • Study four core modules shared by all our pathway awards: Health and Social Care Futures, Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1 and 2, and the dissertation. 
  • Benefit from the flexibility our programme offers. You can take much of the course by distance learning. Modules taught face-to-face (such as counselling skills) are delivered in short, intensive blocks to enable you to complete them with minimum travel and time away from your work.  
  • Balance work and further education with our programme by studying part-time over three years.
  • Our Genetic Science modules and the Counselling Skills modules are designed to satisfy the requirements of the Genetic Counsellor Registration Board for UK genetic counsellor registration.
  • Achieve the European Core Competences for genetic nurses and genetic counsellors.
  • Choose to study the Counselling Skills module and update and enhance your counselling skills.
  • Develop practical skills and increase knowledge on all genetics modules by combining theory with an applied approach.
  • Use your registration portfolio as a registered genetic counsellor to obtain credits towards the award via the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning system.  

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits. You’ll be able to study either two genetics modules at 30 credits each, or all three at 20 credits each – counselling skills for genetic healthcare, genetic science for health professionals and practical genetics for health professionals.

    Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you’ll need to earn 120 credits. 60 of these will be made up from the two or three core modules undertaken in Year 1, with 40 credits coming from the core modules in Year 2, advancing research knowledge in practice 1 and advancing research knowledge in practice 2. Depending on the modules taken during Year 1, you will either undertake the remaining genetics module worth 20 credits or another optional 20 credit module.

    Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in an area of study related to genetic healthcare.

    Please note: availability of modules may vary according to demand; module dates are therefore subject to change.

    Year 1

    The Health Genetics pathway has three core specialist modules, which are all worth either 20 or 30 credits.

    Optional modules – you must complete two 30 credit options or all three 20 credit options.

    Optional modules
    • IMS550 Practical Genetics for Health Professionals (Advanced)

      This module provides a practical and theoretical foundation in genetics for clinical healthcare. It is appropriate for health professionals working in primary care or specialist areas such as cardiology, neurology, haemophilia, thrombophilia, oncology and fetal medicine

    • IMS552 Counselling Skills for Genetic Healthcare (Advanced)

      This module is aimed at practitioners who work with individuals or families who have or are at risk of a genetic condition, in any setting. It is designed to enable development of advanced counselling skills through providing theoretical and practical work. It is suitable for genetic counsellors and other health professionals working with families affected by a genetic condition

    • IMS551 Counselling Skills for Genetic Healthcare

      This module is aimed at practitioners who work with individuals or families who have or are at risk of a genetic condition, in any setting. It is designed to enable development of counselling skills through providing theoretical and practical work. It is suitable for genetic counsellors and other health professionals working with families affected by a genetic condition

    • IMS553 Genetic Science for Health Professionals (advanced)

      This module is designed to build on existing knowledge of genetics to provide a sound theoretical basis for practice in clinical healthcare. It is appropriate for health professionals working with individuals or families who have or are at risk of having a genetic condition.

    • IMS536 Genetic Science for Health Professionals

      This module is designed to build on existing knowledge of genetics to provide a sound theoretical basis for practice in clinical healthcare. It is appropriate for health professionals working with individuals or families who have or are at risk of having a genetic condition.

    • IMS549 Practical Genetics for Health Professionals

      This module provides a practical and theoretical foundation in genetics for clinical healthcare. It is appropriate for health professionals working in primary care or specialist areas such as cardiology, neurology, haemophilia, thrombophilia, oncology and fetal medicine

  • Year 2
  • Please note: you must choose the remaining 20 credit genetics module if two 30 credit modules were taken in Year 1.

    Optional modules
    • MCH501 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1

      This module develops an understanding of research designs and methods, enables the critically appraisal of research and introduces the principles of data collection and analysis. A blended learning approach will be taken to delivery with Distance Learning option.

    • MCH502 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2

      This module will develop the research knowledge and skills necessary for the development of the research proposal, focussing on the formulation of research questions in preparation for future enquiry. A blended learning approach will be taken to delivery with Distance Learning option.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • MCH504 Dissertation

      This module is the dissertation associated with the MSc Contemporary Healthcare programme and enables students to design and undertake a systematic review, or an approved research project, under supervision. Undertaking the dissertation provides students with the opportunity to apply their understanding and knowledge of research methodology and methods to a subject relevant to their programme award; and to theory, policy and/or practice

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

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The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be health professionals and have a degree.

For UK-registered genetic counsellors it may be possible to obtain credits using your registration portfolio.​

Fees, costs and funding

2017-18

Home/EU (part time) International (part time)
£750 per 20 credits N/A

Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Information about loans and funding for postgraduate study.


How to apply

When to apply

Applications for this programme can usually be made throughout the year. Please check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Apply for this programme

Applications should be made by using the relevant PDF or Word application form.

Postgraduate application form DOC – A ten page DOC application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to the University

Postgraduate application form PDF – A ten page PDF application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to the University

International student postgraduate application form DOC – Postgraduate taught programmes application form for international students

International student postgraduate application form PDF – Postgraduate taught programmes application form for international students

Printed application forms are also available and can be obtained from the Professional Development Unit. Please send your completed application form to the address or email listed below:

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
Plymouth University
Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA

Email: pdu@plymouth.ac.uk

Tel: +44 1752 586951

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case if you are an overseas student may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist website.

Support is also available if you an overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

Looking to enrol for September 2017?

This programme will no longer be running after the end of the 2016/17 academic year. If you are looking to enrol for the 2017/18 academic year please visit our MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways webpage to find out more.

Find out more about our MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways

MSc Contemporary Healthcare modules

There are a number of core and optional modules associated with the MSc Contemporary Healthcare programme pathways, as well as three different exit awards.

Find out more about the modules

Professor Heather Skirton, Professor of Applied Health Genetics

Heather has over 30 years clinical healthcare experience. She is a registered European and UK genetic counsellor and still practices as a counsellor. The course is highly based on her practical experience of work with families.

Heather is Chair of the European Board of Medical Genetics, which ensures standards of practice and education for genetics health professionals.

Find out more about the Applied Health Genetics Research Group