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BSc (Hons)Genetics

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Overview

Genetics is at the cutting edge of modern biology and the fast pace of major new developments has made Genetics an exciting field of study. Recent development in genomics and biotechnology in particular, have led to huge advances in the fields of personalised medicine and genetic engineering; areas that have the potential to revolutionise how we treat and think about disease, how we produce crops and manufacture new biological materials. In short, modern Genetics underpins all of biology. Whether your interests lie in medicine, cancer biology, evolution, biotechnology, plant genetics and food security or molecular biology, Genetics has something to offer you.

Our degree programme aims to give you an appreciation of the full range of Genetics while also allowing you to peruse areas of specific interest. During the course of your degree you will study Human and Clinical Genetics, Gene Expression and Development, Evolutionary Genetics and Biotechnology and will also have the opportunity to select from a wide range of optional modules. You will be taught by members of staff who are at the forefront of medical genetics, plant genetics, evolutionary genetics and genomics and also by visiting experts in fields such as forensics.

The course is taught by a mixture of lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory courses, culminating in an extended research project in your third year. This is your chance to study an area of cutting edge Genetics in depth, while getting a real taste of life in an active research environment.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

Core modules:

Molecules and Cells
Evolution and Biodiversity
Grand Challenges in Biology
Experimental Skills in Current Biology
Essential Skills for Life Sciences I
Applied Genetic and Molecular Technologies

Plus two of the following theory modules:

Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology
Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
Microbiology
Animal Biodiversity
Developmental Biology
Ecology and the Global Environment

and one of the following practical modules

Biochemical Methods
Field Skills

Programme Year Two

Core modules:

From Genes to Proteins
Genome Organisation and Maintenance
Evolutionary Biology
Molecular Science
Essential Skills for Life Sciences II
E-Biology
Advanced Genetics Techniques

Plus two of the following theory modules:

The Multicellular Organism
Regulatory and Neuro-Physiology
Principles of Pharmacology
Structure/Dynamics of Macro Molecules
Virology
Immunology
Biotechnology

and one of the following practical modules

Techniques in Cell Biology
Practical Human Physiology
Advanced Biochemical Techniques
Advanced Microbiological Techniques

Programme Year Three

Core modules:

Advanced Skills in Genetics
Human and Clinical Genetics or the Molecular Biology of Cancer
Gene Expression and Development
Evolution
Research Project

The Advanced Skills module involves tutorials, seminars and workshops on data analysis, gene technology, bioinformatics, and the role of Genetics in society, business, medicine and agriculture. Many of the workshops and seminars are given by visiting experts, many of whom are Liverpool Genetics graduates.

Students spend about three days per week throughout the final year on their research projects, usually in the laboratories of one of our research institutes. As an alternative, students may opt for school-based, literature-based and bioinformatics projects if they wish.

Plus one of the following optional modules:

Molecular Biology of Cancer
Viral Disease Mechanisms
Bacterial Disease Mechanisms

Career opportunities

In the public sector, Life Sciences graduates are in demand in research institutes, government departments, the National Health Service, forensic science and the Environment Agency. Commercial sectors that actively recruit graduates from the Life Sciences include the pharmaceutical, food, biotechnology, water and agriculture industries.

There is also an increasing demand for life scientists to contribute to the public understanding of science as journalists and information/liaison officers, in view of the ethical and environmental issues that arise, for example, by developments in molecular biology and biotechnology.

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

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

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

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States