Postgraduate taught 

Genetic & Genomic Counselling (with Work Placement) MSc(MedSci)

Genetic Counselling Dissertation MED5426P

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course will provide students with the opportunity to carry out an independent investigative project in the field of Genetic or Genomic Counselling.




Presentation [5%]

Dissertation written report (up to 10,000 words) [75%]

Poster presentation [5%]

Viva with two internal examiners [15%]

Course Aims

The course aims to allow students to select a topic or problem of personal interest relevant to Genetic or Genomic Counselling, undertake independent research in the area they have chosen, and produce a comprehensive, concise and critical report as well as oral and poster presentations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ critically design, plan and execute an investigation of a problem related to Genetic and Genomic Counselling, applying both qualitative and quantitative research methods appropriately;

■ critically evaluate and analyse the evidence, draw conclusions and develop plans for further research or improved genetic services, identifying key areas where future investigation is needed;

■ summarize and critique their own and prior research findings in oral presentations and posters, and communicate effectively with colleagues;

■ present their findings in the form of a critical written report, in correct scientific style using a range of appropriate computer software (e.g. Word, Reference Manager, Excel);

■ take responsibility for the investigation with a degree of autonomy;

■ plan and manage time effectively by prioritising tasks and meeting deadlines

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.