Master of Sciences in Clinical Genetics
Master of Sciences in Clinical Genetics

Master of Science in Clinical Genetics is a 2 year program conducted by Human Genetics Unit of Department of Anatomy. The program has been designed for those with a MBBS or equivalent degree registered with the Sri Lanka Medical Council.

The program aims to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by medical graduates to deliver clinical genetic services. It includes training in diagnosing genetic diseases using clinical evaluation and genetic testing, and choosing appropriate genetic investigations and interpreting results. It also includes formulating effective research proposals based on medical genetics and perform effective researches.

Next Intake On 2018 January

Closing Date for Applications is 2018 – 12 – 01

By the end of this course students must have the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes to:

  • Obtain the medical history and carry out clinical examination as it relates to genetic diseases
  • Record and analyse family history data
  • Diagnose genetic diseases using clinical evaluation and genetic testing, choose appropriate investigations and interpret results
  • Provide accurate information and effective genetic counselling to individuals and families
  • Write clear summaries of genetic clinic consultations in post-clinic letters to colleagues and patients
  • Formulate management plans for genetic aspects of genetic/hereditary disorders
  • Perform risk calculations
  • Conduct literature searches and use medical genetic databases
  • Work effectively in a team with other colleagues providing genetic services
  • Liaise appropriately with colleagues from other specialities
  • Make use of lay organisations to support patients and families with genetic diseases
  • Communicate and explain genetic issues to colleagues and the lay public
  • Work effectively with colleagues in other disciplines
  • Formulate effective research proposals based on medical genetics and perform effective researches
  • Document and publish rare genetics findings and research outcomes
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Credit Hours: 60
  • SLQF level: 10
  • Applicants should have a MBBS OR equivalent degree registered with the Sri Lanka Medical Council.
  • Foreign applicants should have a MBBS OR equivalent degree registered with the Medical Council of the country of residence of the applicant.

Students are selected on the basis of their performance at a selection examination which has a written component and an interview.

  • The written component contributes 75% and
  • the interview contributes 25% to the total mark.
  • Students who obtain an overall mark of 50% or more will qualify for selection
  • Lectures
  • Practicals
  • Small group discussions
  • Laboratory  work
  • Self study

Evaluation is by written and practical examinations for each module at the end of the first and second semesters. The students are required to write a dissertation based on the research project. This will be examined by two examiners and defended by the student at a viva voice examination.

  • Academic staff of the Human Genetics Unit/Department of Anatomy.
  • Other extended Faculty
  • Course Fee:
    • Local Students: Rs. 500,000
    • Foreign Students: USD 2,920
  • Registration Fee: Rs. 25,000
  • Library Fee: Rs. 2,500

Dr. Nirmala Sirisena

Human Genetics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo
+94 112 689 545