Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 9 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2024
301–350 place StudyQA ranking:1500 Duration:36 months

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Some of the most exciting and important advances in biology are now being made in the field of genetics, so our BSc Genetics gives you the opportunity to study these fast-changing areas. Genetics is at the forefront of modern biology, from the latest advances in medicine to the conservation of endangered species. The study of genetics includes understanding how genes are passed from one generation to the next, how DNA works and the effect of variation and natural selection. Your course teaches you about the genetics of populations, biodiversity, human health and cloning, with a strong emphasis on molecular and cellular aspects. Core modules develop your knowledge of genes and genomes, show how cells differentiate to form all the specialised tissues present in complex organisms, and teach you how the delicate regulation of cell growth can be disrupted and lead to cancer. In your final year, your research project enables you to carry out individual practical research work using the latest molecular genetic methods: gene cloning, PCR, cell culture and advanced microscopy. Project areas include gene regulation in cancer, transgenic plants and mutational analysis in viruses.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 13950 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date October 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Our courses are based on flexibility and choice, so that you can tailor your degree to your interests. In your first year you usually take four or five pre-requisite modules for your course allowing you flexibility to try subjects you have not come across before.
With a small number of exceptions, once you successfully complete the first year of your BSc, you qualify to enter the second year not only of that course but also of a range of other courses. This means you can change your course, providing you have taken the appropriate pre-requisites and places are available.
We continue to offer a range of optional modules in your second and final-years and most courses allow you to undertake a final-year project. The research project enables you to work in one of our research laboratories alongside our internationally reputed scientists, studying real science in a real scientific environment. Some of our science courses offer an optional extra year of an industrial placement.
We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.

Year 1
Molecular Cell Biology;
Genetics and Evolution;
Biochemistry of Macromolecules;
Animal and Plant Biology;
General and Organic Chemistry; and
Life Science Key Skills

Year 2
Skills in Biomolecular Science;
Laboratory Workshop;
Molecular Biology;
Molecular Genetics;
Immunity in Health and Disease;
Cell Biology;
Genome Science; and
three optional modules from: Proteins and Regulation of Human Metabolism, Plants for the Twenty-first Century, Evolution, Microbial Diversity and Biotechnologys

Year 3
Research Project and Research Skills;
Issues in Biomolecular Science;
Human Genetics; and
three optional modules from: Cancer Biology, Molecular Virology, Plant Biotechnology, Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology and Bioinformatics

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6

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A-levels: ABB-BBB, including Biology
GCSE Mathematics: C
GCSE English: C
IB: 32-30 points, including Higher Biology grade 5 and Standard Mathematics grade 4 (if not taken at Higher Level, we consider IB certificates at the Higher Level on a case-by-case basis)
If taking the Access to HE Diploma in Sciences please e-mail us.
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). Different requirements apply for second year entry.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

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    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

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