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BScMedical Genetics

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Our Medical Genetics degree provides a broad grounding in genetics and the other molecular biosciences, together with a range of advanced modules that focus on topics of medical relevance.

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, computing, clinical diagnostics, science communication, or school teaching, depending on your career aspirations.

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:

Biochemical Basis of Human Disease
Gametes, Embryos and Stem Cells
Genetics Data Handling
Genome Stability and Genetic Change
Human Genetics I
Human Genetics II
Literature Review

Optional modules:

Evolutionary Genetics
Genetics of Cell Growth and Division
Genomic Science
Molecular Immunology
The RNA World

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