BSc Biochemistry and Genetics

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Course Overview

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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 Undergraduate / 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-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
Year 1 Biochem-Genetics compulsory modules with Welsh Language options 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose ONE of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-120Semester 1 and Semester 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 Semester 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 Semester 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 Semester 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.
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Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose ONE of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-132Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Eukaryotic Cell BiologyThis is the English Language version of PM-132 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-132CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Bioleg Celloedd EwcaryotigMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-132, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.
AND
 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose ONE of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-133Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Evolutionary and Molecular GeneticsThis is the English Language version of PM-133 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-133CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Geneteg Esblygiadol a MolecwlaiddMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-133, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.
AND
Year 1 Biochem-Genetics optional modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose TWO of 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.

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PM-226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human and Medical Genetics
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
Year 2 Biochem-Genetics compulsory modules with Welsh Language options 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose ONE of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-200Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Genetic Analysis IIThis is the English Language version of PM-200 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-200CSemester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Dadansoddiad Geneteg IIMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-200, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.
PM-246Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Biochemistry Skills Development IIThis is the English Language version of PM-246 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-246CSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Datblygu Sgiliau Biocemeg IIMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-246, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.
AND
 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose ONE of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-238Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10BiostatisticsThis is the English Language version of PM-238 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-238CSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ystadegau BiolegolMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-238, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.
AND
 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose ONE of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Techniques in Molecular BiologyThis is the English Language version of PM-253 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-253CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Technegau Bioleg FoleciwlaiddMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-253, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.
AND
Year 2 Biochem-Genetics optional modules. 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose TWO of 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

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Undergraduate / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PM-314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Biotechnology & Protein Engineering
PM-345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Bioinformatics: From sequence to Function
Optional Modules
Year 3 Biochem-Genetics compulsory modules with Welsh Language options 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose ONE of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-304Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Biomolecular Research ProjectThis is the English Language version of PM-304.
PM-304CSemester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Prosiect Ymchwil BiofoleciwlaiddMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-304
PM-338Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Teaching Science In Schools
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Year 3 Biochem-Genetics optional modules 

Choose Exactly 50 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose FIVE of the following optional modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Medical Genetics
PM-308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Animal Development
PM-316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Genetic Toxicology
PM-317Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Genetics of Cancer
PM-319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Membranes and Energy Transduction
PM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Nucleic acids: components, metabolism and modification
PM-331Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Membrane Trafficking
PM-347Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human ImmunopathologyPM-347 has a pre-requisite of PM-249; if you have not taken PM-249 then you cannot choose PM-347.
 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose ONE of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-315Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Genetic Analysis III
PM-334Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Biochemistry Literature Review and CommunicationThis is the English Language version of PM-334
PM-334CSemester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Adolygiad Llenyddiaeth Biocemeg a ChyfathrebuMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-334

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.)

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 four-year MSci is an advanced undergraduate degree, adding a further research-focused year to our 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

There is an opportunity for non-welsh speaking students to enroll on our Welsh for Medicine 1 + 2 courses, that have been uniquely developed alongside Swansea Bay-Learn Welsh, to introduce basic welsh lessons for a healthcare setting. here will be support for any student wishing to learn more about Welsh language and culture as they live and study here in Wales.

Welsh speaking students have the opportunity to study a 50credit module in each year through the medium of Welsh - Doctor as a Professional 1-4. The Welsh provision within these modules include:

  • A Welsh speaking Academic mentor
  • Welsh medium tutoring sessions
  • Clinical Placements with welsh speaking practitioners
  • Clinical Placements in areas with a high percentage of Welsh speakers
  • Opportunity to complete long projects including Family Case Study, Living with a Diagnosis and Developing Professional Practice in Welsh.

Any prospective students can request to be interviewed in Welsh.

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

Students who choose to study at least 40credits a year in Welsh are eligible to apply for a Coleg Cymraeg Incentive Scholarship of £500 a year - the closing date is in May.

Academi Hywel Teifi offers an internal scholarship of £300 a year to students choosing to study at least 40credits a year in Welsh, or a bursary of £100 a year to students choosing to study at least 5credits a year in Welsh. These may be applied for on a yearly basis, at the start of each Autumn term.

For more information, please contact Dr. Heledd Iago - h.f.iago@swansea.ac.uk 

Funding opportunities

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