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The award
MSci (Hons)

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 16950 per year

All study options

About Genetics at Swansea University

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

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

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

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Notes about fees for this course

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

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 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.

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