Introduction to the Counselling Skills used in Genomic Medicine

Module overview

This module will provide students with an introduction to the counselling skills used in genomic medicine. Students undertaking this module will be taught how to communicate and provide appropriate support to individuals and their families. Development of counselling skills will be achieved via theoretical and practical sessions through the use of role play within an academic setting. Students will understand the importance of a family history and communication of pathogenic and/or uncertain results.


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

January 2019


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 Pooja Dasani
  • Dr Jenny Bell
  • Dr Peter Marks
  • Dr Marie O’Donnell
  • Dr Anna Considine
  • Dr Frances Lane
  • Carolyn Smyth
  • Phil Leonard

Other staff:
Mo Rye (Counsellor and Psychotherapist)

Stand-alone fee


This module can be taken as a stand-alone assessed or non-assessed course.  

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 Fundamentals in Human Genetics and Genomics, Omics Techniques and Technologies and their Application to Genomic Medicine and 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 at