Department of Genetics and Genome Biology


student working in labWe run and teach two degree courses within the School of Biological Sciences: the Biological Sciences (Genetics) BSc and the Medical Genetics BSc.

The emphasis of the genetics taught to Biological Sciences (Genetics) and Medical Genetics students is tailored to the interests and higher level course requirements of each group of students.

Students on the Biological Sciences (Genetics) course focus on the organisation, inheritance, expression, and evolution of genes in a wide range of organisms - from bacteria and fungi to humans and plants. 

Medical Genetics students focus more closely on the application of genetics to medicine, particularly the application of genetics to the diagnosis and management of genetic disease and the social and ethical issues raised by recent advances in the topic.

Our courses

Biological Sciences (Genetics) BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
3-4 years, full-time | UCAS code: C400
From human health to food production, genetics impacts many aspects of society. You’ll look at how genetics functions in today’s biosciences, as well as what it takes to work at the forefront of the industry. This degree includes the option to change your specialism in your second year.

Medical Genetics BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
3-4 years, full-time | UCAS code: C431
Genetics and molecular biology already tell us so much about who we are. But when researched and tested in the right ways, they also tell us how to better diagnose and treat disease. If this sounds up your alley, this degree is for you.

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