Course Overview

Medical Genetics is making an enormous impact in the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Knowledge obtained from sequencing the human genome is allowing researchers to understand the many diseases that have genetic components. Many medical doctors who become involved in research focus on genetic aspects of human health and disease.

*Medical Genetics students may be guaranteed an interview for Graduate Entry Medicine MBBCh at Swansea University by choosing the appropriate pathway, performing satisfactorily and meeting the minimum entry criteria at the time of application to Graduate Entry Medicine*

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.

The Medical Genetics degree provides appropriate training for students who wish to undertake further study to become a medical doctor. Many of our students who decided to follow this career path have successfully gone on to study Graduate Entry Medicine at Swansea

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
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 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-249Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Human Immunology
PM-250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Infectious Disease and Parasitology
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
Energy and Metabolism: The Reactions of Life
Macromolecules: Form and Function
Chemistry of Life
Introductory Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry of Functional Groups
Science Skills
Cellular and Microbial Biology

Year 2

Genetic Analysis II
Biomolecular Techniques
Human and Medical Genetics
Gene Expression
Biostatistics and Experimental Design
Molecular Mechanisms of Disease and Diagnostics
Clinical Biochemistry and Physiology
Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomic Analysis
Cell and Immunobiology

Year 3

Genetic Analysis III
Biomolecular Research Project
Gene Manipulation
Medical Genetics
Animal Development
Mutations and Human Health
Genetics of Cancer
Biotechnology and Protein Engineering
Aspects of Human Sensory and Metabolic Biochemistry

Year 4

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

Entry Requirements

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

You must have good grades in Chemistry and Biology.

IB: 34 (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 £16,500

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

Click here to learn more about fees and funding.

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