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Master Degree in Genetic Counselling

Entry requirements:

Only those with a previous Degree in Nursing, Clinical Psychology, Medicine or related areas of health sciences, preferentially with documented previous experience with patients in a clinical setting will be admitted to the selection process.


This Master Degree provides access to the new profession of Genetic Counsellor in Europe. It has been accredited by the European Board of Medical Genetics and by A3ES (the Portuguese accreditation agency for university courses).
Its main objective is to educate and train health professionals for the practice of genetic counselling. Genetic Counsellors who obtain the degree are expected to integrate later the multidisciplinary teams of clinical genetics services.
Successful trainees should be able to counsel independently in those clinical situations most often encountered in the practice of the profession, in a non-directive way, that is adequate to the needs of their consultands, providing them the necessary information that facilitates their decision-making process and enables them to make freely their own informed choices, as well as subsequently support them in the choices they make.
Students who graduate should be competent, demanding and rigorous professionals, who are able to contribute with their proficiency and acquired competencies to improve quality of the clinical genetics services they integrate, promoting continuous education, to train other health professionals and to perform research in genetic counselling.

This Master course has four semesters, the first year  being dedicated to curricular units (including clinical rotations); and the second year dedicated to the professionalizing rotation, for which an activities report must be presented, the writing of a scientific article (Research Seminar) and final examination by a jury.


International Students:

Procedure and general information for candidates who acquired their previous degree abroad.


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Deadlines, openings and selection criteria

Application by Candidates:
1st phase: 28 february to 04 may 2020
2nd phase: 30 juin to 31 august 2020 


Payment of student fees may be done at registration for the total amount or in 10 monthly instalments, the fist of which is due upon registration and the remaining in the months following opening of the schooling year, up to the last day of each month.

NOTE: For doubts relating fees please see regulation of fees (o regulamento de propinas)


General information

Official Code: M360
Director: Paula Pinto de Freitas
Acronym: MAG
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of study: Masters Degree
Start: 2017/2018
Duration: 4 Semesters

Study Plan


  • Master's Degree in Genetic Counseling (120 ECTS credits)
  • Master's Course in Bases of Genetic Counseling (60 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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