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The award

How long you will study
4 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 21500 per year

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About Genetics at University of Leeds

Genetics is the study inheritance and variation within living organism. It is a vibrant and expanding discipline at the core of biological and medical sciences, playing a vital part in the development of genetic engineering and the decoding of the human genome.

Leeds is one of the few universities in which you can specialise in genetics whilst gaining a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of related disciplines. You will gain an insight into applications of genetic techniques in fields as diverse as genetic engineering, developmental biology, biotechnology, diagnostics and therapies for human diseases, and conservation biology. As well as having the opportunity to study such an interesting and engaging subject, you will also graduate with an array of transferable skills ideal for the graduate job market.


This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced degree accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders of the future. The advanced accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

  • Course content

    Year one is where you will establish your foundation of knowledge and expertise in genetics, as well as other areas including cell biology and biochemistry. Core introductory modules will be delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical's allowing you to develop the research skills that will be necessary throughout your degree.

    In year two you will begin to specialise in the area of genetics, with compulsory modules including genetic engineering, bacterial genetics, and human genetics. Whilst you continue to hone your research and practical skills you will also have the chance to participate in an industrial placement or study year abroad at the end of year 2, a fantastic opportunity to broaden your experience and further develop your CV.

    Year 3 of the MBiol will involve similar compulsory and optional modules as the BSc, but will also include a short research project, and literature survey designed to prepare for the step up to Masters required for year four. In year four you will study Masters level modules, such as plant biotechnology or conservation genetics. On top of this you will also undertake an extended research project on an original, innovative topic that will further develop the skills that are required for a career in research, as well as helping you stand out in the graduate job market.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    You will be required to study 120 credits.

    Compulsory modules

    You will be study the following compulsory modules:

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      A-level: AAA

      Including Biology and another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.

      We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science-related subjects: computing, environmental science, food science, geography, geology, PE, psychology, science in society, statistics, use of mathematics.

      Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

      GCSE: Typically Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English.

      • Career opportunities

        Number 1 for employability - the Faculty of Biological Sciences is ranked highest for employability amongst Russell Group universities. Higher than Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, Kings College, Liverpool, Manchester, York.

        96% of our graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduation (DLHE 2014/15). Recent careers include genetics research, genetic counselling, scientific publishing and science journalism, sakes and management in science-related industries, teaching, scientific administration and science policy development. Some students also go onto Masters or PhD study. According to recently collected data, the average starting salary in the field of Genetics has been estimated to be around £21,000 (DLHE 2012/2013).

        Our degree prepares you for a wide range of opportunities in scientific and non-scientific careers. Graduate prospects have been seen to be high in the area of genetics, leading to a high level of graduate employment from the course.

        Recent graduate destinations include:

        Careers support

        Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

        We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

        Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

        The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

      • Study abroad and work placements

        Study abroad

        On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

        Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

        If you choose to undertake a study abroad option, you will spend the fourth year of the MBiol studying abroad. This will extend your studies by 12 months.

        Work placements

        Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

        Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

        We have a dedicated Employability Officer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who works closely with the University's Careers Centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. We also organise regular careers workshops designed specifically for sport sciences students to develop their career opportunities. These include our annual Bioscience Networking Event, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.

      • Field courses

        One of the most exciting aspects of our degrees is the range of opportunities for fieldwork on offer. Field courses offer valuable opportunities to apply your knowledge and practical research skills outside of the lab, so we offer at least the option of a field course in every year.Year 1: Coastal and Uplands Habitats, Scarborough, North YorkshireThis compulsory course takes place over the summer after your end of year exams and gives you a first taste of field research in a group setting. You'll get a taste of Yorkshire's natural history and be exposed to a wide range of natural systems: moorland plants and birds, intertidal invertebrates, freshwater fish and insects and sea bird colonies.Year 2: Terrestrial Ecology and Behaviour, Malham Tarn, Yorkshire DalesAn optional course which runs after the summer exams, this course will expand on the training you've gained in your first two years of study. You'll choose from projects on a wide range of topics in behaviour and ecology including bat behaviours, bird song and habitat preferences of small mammals. If you're feeling brave you could also take part in a caving trip - and there's our infamous treasure hunt and pub quiz.Year 2: Mediterranean Ecology Field CourseUsually involves a trip to the Iberian Peninsula, this course allows you to explore issues surrounding biodiversity conservation across Europe, including the challenges of growing human populations and habitat restoration. You'll work in groups of two or three to conduct independent research projects. Recently these have included social interactions between macaque troops, the effects of feather parasites on bird performance and thermoregulation in lizards. Year 3: African Ecology Field Course, South AfricaThis optional course takes place in The Great Fish River Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. You'll take part in group projects collecting data and samples and analysing them, with help from both Leeds lecturers and demonstrators and staff from nearby Rhodes University. Past projects have included the diet of the black rhino, small mammal diversity and distribution and kudu-vegetation interactions. MBiol: Mpala Research Centre, Kenya Field CourseYou'll have the chance to study a wide range of species in Kenya's Laikipia County. Visit MPala Live! to see 24-hour views of hippos, elephants and other species and see where you could be conducting your research.Find out more and view photo galleries from our Field Courses.

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