Course Overview

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
  • provide specialist training in a broad range of laboratory techniques

In the final year, you will complete an advanced 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


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-120Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Genetic Analysis I
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-133Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Evolutionary and Molecular Genetics
PM-134Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Microbiology
PM-135Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human Physiology
PM-139Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human Physiology I
Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PM-200Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Genetic Analysis II
PM-226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human and Medical Genetics
PM-238Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Biostatistics
PM-251Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Microbial Molecular Genetics
PM-252Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Molecular Evolution
PM-253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Techniques in Molecular Biology
Optional Modules


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  BSc and MSci modules available 2016-17 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

Year 4

Advanced Biomolecular Research Project
Communicating Ideas and Public Understanding of Science
Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences

Entry Requirements

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

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

IB: 32 - 33 (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 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSci (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £16,950

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

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 College of Medicine 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. Heledd Iago - - 01792 602402

Funding opportunities

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