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MBiolSciBiochemistry and Genetics

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In the first year, you’ll take a broad-based programme that covers a range of areas in the molecular biosciences. At the end of the first year, before you specialise in years two and three, you’re free to transfer between any of the courses in the department. You’re not tied to the degree you originally registered for.

In the second year, you’ll study your chosen subjects in more depth and develop your practical skills. In the third year there is a practical project. This could involve laboratory research, business enterprise activities, science journalism or school teaching, depending on your career interests.

You can graduate after three years with a BSc degree, or you can choose the optional fourth year, which leads to an MBiolSci qualification. The four-year course focuses on developing your laboratory skills and involves an extensive laboratory-based research project. You can transfer in either direction between the three and four-year course during years one to three.

Programme structure

First year

Core modules:
Practical Molecular Bioscience 1
Molecular Biology
Science Challenge: Breaking Boundaries

Second year

Core modules:
Practical Molecular Bioscience 2
Biochemistry 2
Genetics 2
Molecular Bioscience 2A
Molecular Bioscience 2B

Third year

Core modules:
Literature Review

Optional modules:
Assembly of Supramolecular Structures
Biochemical Basis of Human Disease
Biochemical Signalling
Biochemistry Data Handling
Evolutionary Genetics
Gametes, Embryos and Stem Cells
Genetics Data Handling
Genetics of Cell Growth and Division
Genome Stability and Genetic Change
Genomic Science
Human Genetics I
Human Genetics II
Macromolecular Machines
Membrane Protein Structure and Function
Molecular Immunology
Molecular Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology
Physical Methods for Studying Biological Structures
Plant Biotechnology
The RNA World

Fourth year

Core modules:
Advanced Literature Review
Advanced Research Topics
Introduction to Research Methodology

Optional modules:
Extended Laboratory Project
Project in Industry

Career opportunities

Many of our graduates go into pharmaceuticals and healthcare, food safety and manufacture, brewing and agrochemicals, public health, forensic and hospital laboratories. Others work in education, the scientific civil service or medical schools.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States