BSc (Hons) in Genetics

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Program description

Genetics is fundamental to all areas of biological study, as genes carry the information that largely determines who we are and how we function in the environment.

The BSc Genetics will teach you to understand how genes work in individuals and populations. There is a particular emphasis on molecular genetics, but the course covers a wide range of topics such as classical medical genetics, evolutionary and population genetics, animal breeding and the genetic manipulation of animal and plant genomes, and so on.

The first year, you will focus on basic knowledge of genetics, including how genes function in individuals and populations, and how cutting-edge programmes such as the Human Genome Project are revolutionising the way we approach biological questions.

Year 2 is designed to provide fundamental basic knowledge in preparation for specialisation in genetics in years 3 and 4.

Year 4 also includes a three-month laboratory project, during which you will receive training in the use of genetic approaches to solve a contemporary question or problem in biology. These projects are based in the departments that contribute to the Genetics course.


Program structure


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics


  • Biomolecules
  • Principles of metabolic pathways
  • Current perspectives in genetics
  • Fundamentals of Modern Chemistry Part 2a
  • Fundamentals of microbiology
  • Principles of microbiology
  • Introduction to molecular biology
  • Introduction to plant biotechnology
  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Vertebrate diversity


  • Fundamentals of ecology
  • Structure of mammalian cells and tissues
  • Ecological plant physiology


  • Structural biochemistry
  • Cell Signaling
  • Molecular Biology
  • Principles of medical genetics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genetics Literature Project
  • Population and evolutionary genetics
  • Genetic engineering and molecular biotechnology
  • Molecular genetics and genomics
  • Immunology: host response to pathogens
  • Genetic manipulation of plants
  • Biostatistics I
  • Developmental Genetics
  • Research project
  • Genomics and applications
  • Genetics and Society
  • Computational Biology
  • Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular Biology and Physiology of Bacteria
  • Biostatistics II

Electives (specialization in specific areas is possible)

  • Medical Microbiology
  • Advanced Medical Microbiology
  • Advanced Virology
  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Current advances in immunology

Key points

  • Multidisciplinary team of the course.
  • 3 month laboratory project.
  • Small classes.
  • Versatile and versatile graduates.

Admission requirements

  • Minimum requirement 1 x H4, 1 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; Mathematics and laboratory science courses required.
  • In the case of international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, a degree officially translated into English will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component (or internationally recognised equivalent).

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