Counselling Skills for Genomics

Module overview

The focus of this optional module is on the understanding and skills for communicating with patients, both at the point of offering a genomic test and taking informed consent, and later when communicating the results of these tests and following through their consequences. It considers how the concepts can be conveyed sympathetically and at a level to allow appropriate understanding, and the subsequent management and support of patients and their families. Many sessions are interactive, and skills are practised in role-play exercises.


15 Masters level credits

Module attendance required

Teaching delivered in an initial block of three consecutive days, followed after 4-6 weeks by a further two-day block.

Module dates

First iteration - 28 February and 1/2/29/30 March

Second iteration - tbc


The module will be assessed via a case-study presentation, and a 3000-word essay. For those taking the module as a stand-alone option, you need only take the assessment if you require the University credits.

Academics involved in the delivery of this module 

Module Lead:
Dr Laura Boyes (Lead Consultant Genetic Counsellor, West Midlands Regional Genetics Service)

Other NHS staff:
Dr Jenny Bell
Dr Trevor Cole
Dr Philippa Preece
Dr Julie Hewitt
Dr Peter Marks
Dr Marie O’Donnell
Dr Shagufta Khan
Dr Denise Williams
Dr Claire Dolling
Dr Julie Deardon
Dr Jan Moore
Dr Alison Metcalfe

University of Birmingham staff:
Professor Heather Draper

Interested in taking this individual module as a CPD programme?

This module can be taken as a standalone assessed or non-assessed course.  Costs to be confirmed.  

You should have a good honours degree in a life sciences subject, although we will consider applicants with alternative qualifications and professional experience within the health service or other relevant background. You should either take module 1 (An Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics), module 2 (Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine) and module 3 (Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases) first, or be able to show you have equivalent knowledge and understanding to enable you to benefit from this module. 

Please contact the Programme Administrator for further information. 

Dr Peter F. Searle
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4487