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MBiol (Hons) Genetics
MBiol (Hons) Genetics

MBiol (Hons) Genetics

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, AAA including Biology or Human Biology and a second science

  • We accept the following subjects as a second science: Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Further Mathematics, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology or Statistics.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma, 39 credits at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit or higher. Must include Level 3 modules in Biology and a second science.

  • BTEC National Extended Diploma, BTEC National Extended Diploma DDD. We consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (2016 syllabus) with all 7 mandatory units plus 4-6 units from 8,9,10,11,12,13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23 and no more than 2 units from 15,16,21,22,24,25,26. We consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (2010 syllabus), please contact us for information on the units we accept.

  • Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, D3 including Biology and a second science or mathematics subject.

  • European Baccalaureate, 85% overall including 8.5 in Biology and a second science or mathematics subject.

  • International Baccalaureate, 36 points including 6 in Higher Level Biology and 6 in another Higher Level science or mathematics subject. If English is not your first language then we require 5 in English B.

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components

Course Information

Our integrated Masters in Genetics examines how the massive innovation in DNA sequencing technologies has revolutionised our knowledge and understanding of living systems, and makes it a particularly exciting time to be studying this subject.

This course is ideal if you want an interdisciplinary approach to Genetics. You will have a wide range of options to tailor the course to your developing interests.

Our Genetics degree encompasses the molecular studies of genes and genetic engineering. You’ll learn about fundamental processes like gene expression, the impacts of genetic engineering and the role of rapidly developing technologies. You’ll examine different systems and scales whether in the field of human genetics and disease through to population genetics. Our increasing knowledge of the human and other genomes will continue to have a great impact on biotechnology, medicine and conservation, and by completing a degree in genetics you’ll be well-placed to make a positive impact across a broad range of areas.

The integrated Masters course introduces a four-year programme that specifically focuses on the skills needed for a career as a research scientist. During this time you work with researchers within one of the UK’s top bioscience departments to learn specialised techniques; you will gain experience in a research lab doing pioneering work at the forefront of their field. You also undertake specialist research training and take Masters-level modules.

Adding a year in industry or a year abroad are both an option with this course too, so you can benefit from the advantages that a year away can bring. The Department of Biology will provide you with the opportunity to learn in new, spacious and modern teaching laboratories which provide excellent facilities for practicals and small group project work, alongside our state-of-the-art computing facilities.

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Year 1

Stage 1 (the first year) consists of core modules which are designed to give you an excellent basis on which to build your future studies and develop your interests.​

In a typical week you will have around 25 hours of contact time, typically six or seven lectures, two or three practicals, a skills workshop and a tutorial. You will also spend time on independent study, consolidating information from lectures and practicals and preparing work for tutorials.

Core modules

You will take core modules, which may include:

  • Genetics 

  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 

  • Cell and Developmental Biology 

  • Microbiology 

  • Animal and Plant Biology 

  • Genetics and Evolution 

  • Laboratory and Professional Skills for Bioscientists 

  • Small group tutorials 

Year 2

Core modules

You will take core modules, which may include:

  • Laboratory and Professional Skills for Bioscientists II 

  • Small group tutorials 

  • Big Data Biology 

  • Genome Expression and Maintenance 

  • Genes and Genomes in Populations and Evolution 

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Molecular Genetics and Development

  • Food and Fuel 

  • Cell Biology 

  • Neuroscience 

  • Ecology of Animals, Plants and Microbes 

  • Immunology and Infection 

Year 3

Core modules

You will take core modules, which may include:

  • Data analysis 

  • Group Research Project 

The Research Project is your chance to investigate a topic relevant to your interests from a wide range of projects across the Department.

You'll receive supervision from the project director and often work as part of a research group, giving you hands-on experience of a real research environment. At the end of the project you will produce a 4,000-6,000 word project report, give a presentation on the topic and produce a poster.

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Current Research in Ecology

  • Molecular Recognition

  • Haematology and Immunology in Health and Disease

  • Advanced Topics in Pathogens and Pathogenesis

  • Advanced Topics in Evolution and Genetics in Ecology 

  • Human Genetics 

  • Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology 

  • Advanced Topics in Neuroscience 

  • Ageing and Regenerative Medicine 

  • Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology 

  • Conserving Biodiversity in the Anthropocene 

  • Advanced Topics in Microbiology 

  • Advanced Topics in Biotechnology 

  • Molecular Machinery in Action 

Year 4

Core modules

  • Research project

  • Research process

  • Research skills

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Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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