Genetic Counselling


Total Estimated Investment

International Student 4000€ *2

CPLP Students 2200€ *2

European Student 1250€ *2


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.

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.

For whom?

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.

Why this master?

The Master in Genetic Counselling (MAG), at ICBAS, U.Porto, is one among 5 European programmes, enabling access to the profession of genetic counsellor, which is emerging in Europe. After its accreditation by the EBMG (, MAG will provide access to the practice of genetic counselling in Europe.

Professional Opportunities

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.


MAG is part of the Transnational Alliance for Genetic Counseling, a world partnership of 18 countries. Milena Paneque represents MAG and is part of its Board of Directors. TAGC connects the global community of genetic counsellors and promotes communication and collaboration among existing international programmes.
Jorge Sequeiros was a founder and member of the Board and Milena Paneque is current Chair of the Executive Board of the EBMG (

This master has  partnerships with:

CHUP – Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto
CHUC – Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra
CHULN – Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Norte
CHULC – Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central
Hospital Universitario Fundación Jiménez Díaz, Madrid


1st semester (Year 1)
Basic Genetics
Bioethics and Genetics
 Principles and Techniques of Genetic Counseling I
Psychosocial genetics I
Free Option 1S: Option Genetics I Option Genetics II UP Free Option Health Option Research Methods
2nd semester (Year 1)
Principles and Techniques of Genetic Counseling II
Genetics in Cancer
Clinical Molecular Genetics
Psychosocial genetics II
Medical Genetics
Genetics in Paediatrics
Genetics in Neurological Disorders
Free Option 2S: Health Option
3rd and 4th semester (Year 2)
Research Seminar/ Professionalizing Internship

Contact us

Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira,
228 4050-313 Porto


Prof. Eduardo

“Attending the Master in Marine Sciences – Marine
Resources is a unique and differentiating experience
due to the diversified and flexible curriculum,
the possibility of building a personalized training path, excellent academic environment, proximity between
teachers and students, with the guarantee of quality, inherent to the prestige of ICBAS and partners involved.”