Clinical Genetics

About the specialty: 

Clinical Genetics is the diagnosis and management of genetic disorders affecting individuals and their families. The rapid increase in understanding of biological variation and its role in health and disease make it an exciting and expanding specialty. The training programme in clinical genetics is normally four years as a Specialty Registrar and research experience is actively encouraged.

Clinical genetic services run on a ‘hub and spoke' principle with central and district counselling services. There is close team working between Consultants, SpRs/StRs and Genetic Associates as well as interaction with cytogenetic and molecular laboratory colleagues. Members of the SAC in Clinical Genetics welcome queries from those considering a career in clinical genetics.

Entry into Clinical Genetics training is possible following successful completion of both a foundation programme and a core training programme There are three core training programmes for Clinical Genetics training:

Latest news and developments: 

The curriculum has been reviewed and revisions were approved by the GMC in September 2016. Please see the curriculum and ARCP decision aid sections for the latest versions and information on the changes can be found in the forms and guidance section below.


We have completed our consultation on the new curriculum for Clinical Genetics to be implemented in 2021. The draft curriculum is given below:

PDF icon DRAFT Clinical Genetics curriculum

The curriculum for each specialty defines the process of training and the competencies needed for the award of a certificate of completion of training (CCT). The curriculum includes the assessment system for measuring trainees’ progress comprising workplace based assessment and knowledge based assessment.

The Royal College of Pathologists provides the Certificate Examination in Medical Genetics and further information is available on the RCPath website

PDF icon 2010 Clinical Genetics Curriculum (amendments 2016).pdf

Previous versions of the curriculum are no longer available online but copies can be requested from

ARCP Decision Aids: 

The ARCP decision aid for each specialty defines the targets that have to be achieved for a satisfactory ARCP outcome at the end of each training year. The ARCP decision aid has been revised to reflect the curriculum changes approved in 2016 and replaces the previous version.

PDF icon 2010 Clinical Genetics ARCP decision aid (November 2016).pdf

Forms and guidance: 

2016 Curriculum changes

The document below provides guidance on implementation of the 2016 curriculum changes

PDF icon Guidance on implementation of 2016 amendments to Clinal Genetics curriculum.pdf