BSc Biochemistry and Genetics

Course Overview

A Biochemistry and Genetics degree allows you to study developments at the forefront of molecular biology research and its impact on human disease. This joint honours degree covers a broader range of topics within the fields of biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology, the Biochemistry and Genetics course is intended to demonstrate the overlapping principles of the two disciplines and allows greater flexibility in choice of modules.

Key Features

This degree will:

  • prepare you for roles in a wide variety of professions, including the pharmaceutical industry, forensic science, and the development of new crops and agrochemicals
  • prepare you for further study that enables you to take up research positions in industry
  • prepare you for graduate training to be a doctor, dentist, or teacher, or for postgraduate or doctoral research
  • provide you with transferable skills, including team working, communication, presentation, problem-solving, and analytical skills

In the final year, you will complete a research project under the guidance of a professional research scientist. By working as an independent researcher, you will develop effective project management skills and will be trained to design experiments and plan work programmes.

For more information, view the  BSc Genetics Programmes e-brochure  

 

 

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PM-127Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Energy and Metabolism: The Reactions of Life
PM-131Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Chemistry of Life
PM-132Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Eukaryotic Cell Biology
PM-134Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Microbiology
PM-139Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human Physiology I
PMC101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Organic Chemistry: Structure, Transformation, and Energetics; an Introduction for Life Sciences.
PMC103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Organic Chemistry of Functional Groups: Structure, Reactivity and Mechanism; an Introduction for Life Sciences
Optional Modules
Rule 1 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose ONE of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-120Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Genetic Analysis IThis is the English Language version of PM-120 and should be selected if you do not wish to study a minimum of 5 credits of the module through the medium of Welsh.
PM-120CSemester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Dadansoddiad Geneteg 1Mae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-120, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.
PM-130Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Biochemistry Skills DevelopmentThis is the English Language version of PM-130 and should be selected if you do not wish to study a minimum of 5 credits of the module through the medium of Welsh.
PM-130CSemester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Datblygu Sgiliau Biocemeg.Mae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-130, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.
AND
Rule 2 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose 20 credits from the following optional modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-137Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Medical Psychology
PM-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human Physiology II
PMC100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Atoms and Molecules, Chemical Bonding and Structure; an Introduction for Life Sciences.
PMC102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Chemical Analysis: from Composition to Structure Elucidation; an Introduction for Life Sciences.
AND
Rule 3 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose ONE of the following options.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-133Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Evolutionary and Molecular GeneticsThis is the English Language version of PM-133.
PM-133CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Geneteg Esblygiadol a MolecwlaiddMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-133.

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PM-226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human and Medical Genetics
PM-238Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Biostatistics
PM-240Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Carbohydrate Metabolism and Glycobiology
PM-248Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Amino acids, lipids and steroids
PM-251Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Microbial Molecular Genetics
Optional Modules
Rule 1 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose EITHER PM-200 OR PM-246.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-200Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Genetic Analysis II
PM-246Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Biochemistry Skills Development II
AND
Rule 2 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose 20 additional credits from the following optional modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-243Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Clinical Biochemistry & Physiology
PM-245Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Metabolic Regulation: Enzymes & Signal Transduction
PM-249Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Human Immunology
PM-250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Infectious Disease and ParasitologyThis module has PM-249 as a pre-requisite so you can only select PM-250 if you are also taking PM-249.
PM-252Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Molecular Evolution
AND
Rule 3 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose one of the following options.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Techniques in Molecular BiologyThis is the English Language version of PM-253
PM-253CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Technegau Bioleg FoleciwlaiddMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-253

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PM-304Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Biomolecular Research Project
PM-314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Biotechnology & Protein Engineering
PM-345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Bioinformatics: From sequence to Function
Optional Modules

Description

During each year of your degree, you will be required to study 120 credits, made up of compulsory and optional modules.  The Medical School offers undergraduate degree programmes in Biochemistry, Medical Biochemistry, Genetics, Medical Genetics and a combined honours in Biochemistry & Genetics.  To compare what you could study in these five pathways, click on  GenBiochem Modules Available 17/18 to find a spreadsheet showing the modules available.

(If you download this Excel spreadsheet and save it on your PC, then click on the title of each module in the second column whilst connected to the internet, you should see further details from the module catalogue. These links from the spreadsheet may not work with some browser settings, nor iPad, iPhone, Android, etc.)



Below is a sample of some of the modules that you could study at each level:

Year 1

Biochemistry Skills Development
Genetic Analysis I
Macromolecules: Form and Function
Genetics and Evolutionary Processes
Energy and Metabolism: The Reactions of Life
Metabolic Regulation and Molecular Physiology
Chemistry of Life
Introductory Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry of Functional Groups
Atomic Structure and Chemical Periodicity
Animal Diversity, Form and Function
Cellular and Microbial Biology
Plants and Algae; Diversity Form and Function

Year 2

Biochemistry Skills Development II
Genetic Analysis II
Microbial Genetics
Gene Expression
Molecular Mechanisms of Disease and Diagnostics
Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomic Analysis
Carbohydrate Metabolism and Glycobiology
Amino Acids, Lipid and Steroids
Biomolecular Techniques
Metabolic Regulation: Enzymes and Signal Transduction
Biostatistics and Experimental Design
Clinical Biochemistry and Physiology
Cell and Immunobiology
Molecular Ecology

Year 3

Biomolecular Research Project
Genetic Analysis III
Biochemistry Literature Review and Communication
Biotechnology and Protein Engineering
Molecular Evolution
Genetics of Cancer
Animal Development
Nucleic Acids: Components, Metabolism and Modification
Membrane Trafficking
Membranes and Energy Transduction
Gene Manipulation

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is AAB-BBB at A-Level [or equivalent for other qualifications: 136–120 UCAS tariff points].

You must have good grades in Chemistry and Biology.

Students studying for BTEC qualifications would require a minimum grade B at A-Level in both Biology and Chemistry plus a Distinction (D) in a relevant BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (6 units).

IB: 33-32 (including good HL grades in Chemistry and Biology).

We make individual offers for your circumstances after reading your UCAS personal statements and references.

Find out the entry requirements for an International Student.

For more information, view the BSc Biochemistry Programmes e-brochure and the BSc Genetics Programmes e-brochure

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £17,450

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

You will need to purchase a white lab coat and safety goggles prior to any practical classes.  These can be purchased on arrival at the University.  

MSci and BSc - what is the difference?

The new four-year MSci is an advanced undergraduate degree, adding a further research-focused year to our current three-year BSc degrees. Most of the first three years will be in common for these schemes, but the MSci offers specialist training in a broad range of laboratory techniques during the third year as preparation for an intensive year-long advanced research project during the fourth year.

Welsh Language Provision

The Medical School is working toward enhancing and developing their Welsh language provision.

Students Studying Medical Genetics will be given the opportunity to have a Welsh speaking personal tutor, as well as being able to register for the Welsh version of Genetic Analysis 1 (PM-120) in the first year of their studies.

For more information, please contact Dr. Alwena Morgan - a.h.morgan@swansea.ac.uk 01792 602051 or Dr. Heledd Iago - h.f.iago@swansea.ac.uk - 01792 602402

Funding opportunities

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