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Master Degree in Genetic Counselling

InformationCourse/CS accredited by the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES).

The Master in Genetic Counseling is accredited by the EBMG - European Board of Medical Genetics. Unique in the country and one of the few master's degrees that allows access to the profession in the European Union.

Specific entry requirements:

Are admitted to the selection process the holders of an integrated master, degree or legal equivalent in nursing, clinical psychology, medicine or related fields of health sciences, and documented prior experience in dealing with patients in clinical context.
The candidates for the professional master's degree will be submitted to a pre­selection process by the scientific committee, who will consider the following general criteria:
1. Classification in the previous degrees obtained by the candidate (30%); ­ Professional clinical experience, technical and scientific ­ CV (40%); ­ Letter of motivation (15%); ­ Reference letters (15%).
2. The pre­selected candidates will undergo interviews to assess their motivation and personality, knowledge, attitudes and skills, towards to training and professional goals to achieve.
3. Concerning the selection decisions which refer to the general criteria mentioned above, it cannot be appealed, unless accused of procedural defect.


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.


SCHOOL YEAR BEGINNING: 12th September 2022 - subject to confirmation.

International Students:

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


* International Student, find all the answers you need to study at Universidade do Porto, at: https://sigarra.up.pt/up/pt/web_base.gera_pagina?p_pagina=gateway-estudantes-internacionais

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Regulation of Master Degrees


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.



Information Contacts

Pos-graduation studies Office

Goreti Lobo

Tel. +351 220428054


Zélia Lopes

Telf. +351 220428021

Email: posgrad@icbas.up.pt


Office hours:

10h00 - 12h00

14h00 - 15h30

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

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