Course Overview

Our genetics degree will help you understand the building blocks of life, whilst preparing you for a career in
• Pharmaceuticals
• Forensic science
• Evolution or medicine.

As a result of the sequencing of the entire genome of many species, genetics is rapidly growing in importance. The same basic genetic principles apply to humans, animals, plants, and microorganisms such as bacteria. This gives flexibility to genetics graduates in future employment. Areas where genetics is important include the development of pharmaceuticals, forensic science, the treatment of diseases, the study of evolution, and the conservation of biodiversity.

Key Features

This degree will:

  • prepare you for roles in a wide variety of professions, including the pharmaceutical industry, forensic science, and conservation biology
  • give you experience of techniques for analysing gene expression, protein interactions, DNA structure and damage, image analysis of biomolecules and cells, and advanced computer analytical methods
  • 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-134Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Microbiology
PM-139Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human Physiology I
Optional Modules
Year 1 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 210Genetic 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 210Dadansoddiad 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.
AND
 

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
PM-132CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Bioleg Celloedd EwcaryotigMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-132
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
PM-133CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Geneteg Esblygiadol a MolecwlaiddMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-133
AND

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-251Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Microbial Molecular Genetics
PM-252Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Molecular Evolution
Optional Modules
Year 2 Genetics compulsory modules with Welsh Language options 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must select ONE of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-200Semester 1 and Semester 210Genetic Analysis IIThis is the English Language version of PM-200
PM-200CSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Dadansoddiad Geneteg IIMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-200
AND
 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must select ONE of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-238Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10BiostatisticsThis is the English Language version of PM-238
PM-238CSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ystadegau BiolegolMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-238
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
PM-253CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Technegau Bioleg FoleciwlaiddMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-253
AND

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PM-314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Biotechnology & Protein Engineering
PM-315Semester 1 and Semester 220Genetic Analysis III
PM-345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Bioinformatics: From sequence to Function
Optional Modules
Year 3 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 230Biomolecular Research ProjectThis is the English Language version of PM-304
PM-304CSemester 1 and Semester 230Prosiect Ymchwil BiofoleciwlaiddMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-304
AND
Year 3 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-330Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Nucleic acids: components, metabolism and modification
PM-331Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Membrane Trafficking
PM-333Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Aspects of Human Sensory and Metabolic Biochemistry

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

Genetic Analysis I
Genetics and Evolutionary Processes
Macromolecules: Form and Function
Chemistry of Life
Science Skills
Plants and Algae; Diversity Form and Function
Cellular and Microbial Biology
Animal Diversity, Form and Function
Introduction to Ecology and Behaviour

Year 2

Genetic Analysis II
Biomolecular Techniques
Microbial Genetics
Gene Expression
Biostatistics and Experimental Design
Molecular Mechanisms of Disease and Diagnostics
Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomic Analysis
Molecular Ecology
Cell and Immunobiology

Year 3

Biomolecular Research Project
Gene Manipulation
Molecular Evolution
Animal Development
Biotechnology and Protein Engineering
Genetic Analysis III
Nucleic Acids: Components, Metabolism and Modification

Entry Requirements

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

You must have a good grade in Biology. Another science subject such as Chemistry is desirable.

Students studying for BTEC qualifications would require a minimum grade B at A- Level in Biology plus a DD in a relevant BTEC Diploma (12 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.

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

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

Click here to learn more about fees and funding

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