Biochemistry and Genetics (BSc (Hons))

Swansea University the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 16500 per year

All study options

About Biochemistry and Genetics at Swansea University

Course Overview

A Biochemistry and Genetics degree allows you to study developments at the forefront of molecular biology research and its impact on human disease. This joint honours degree covers a broader range of topics within the fields of biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology, the Biochemistry and Genetics course is intended to demonstrate the overlapping principles of the two disciplines and allows greater flexibility in choice of modules.

Key features

This degree will:

  • prepare you for roles in a wide variety of professions, including the pharmaceutical industry, forensic science, and the development of new crops and agrochemicals
  • prepare you for further study that enables you to take up research positions in industry
  • 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 



Course 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  Modules available 17-18to 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

Biochemistry Skills Development
Genetic Analysis I
Macromolecules: Form and Function
Genetics and Evolutionary Processes
Energy and Metabolism: The Reactions of Life
Metabolic Regulation and Molecular Physiology
Chemistry of Life
Introductory Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry of Functional Groups
Atomic Structure and Chemical Periodicity
Animal Diversity, Form and Function
Cellular and Microbial Biology
Plants and Algae; Diversity Form and Function

Year 2

Biochemistry Skills Development II
Genetic Analysis II
Microbial Genetics
Gene Expression
Molecular Mechanisms of Disease and Diagnostics
Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomic Analysis
Carbohydrate Metabolism and Glycobiology
Amino Acids, Lipid and Steroids
Biomolecular Techniques
Metabolic Regulation: Enzymes and Signal Transduction
Biostatistics and Experimental Design
Clinical Biochemistry and Physiology
Cell and Immunobiology
Molecular Ecology

Year 3

Biomolecular Research Project
Genetic Analysis III
Biochemistry Literature Review and Communication
Biotechnology and Protein Engineering
Molecular Evolution
Genetics of Cancer
Animal Development
Nucleic Acids: Components, Metabolism and Modification
Membrane Trafficking
Membranes and Energy Transduction
Gene Manipulation

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 16500 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £16,500

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.

Entry requirements

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

You must have good grades in Chemistry and Biology.

Students studying for BTEC qualifications would require a minimum grade B at A-Level in both Biology and Chemistry plus a Distinction (D) in a relevant BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (6 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.

For more information, view the BSc Biochemistry Programmes e-brochureand the BSc Genetics Programmes e-brochure

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