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BSc in Genetics/Biochemistry (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Genetics

Course Description

In choosing to study the Genetics and Biochemistry degree at Aberystwyth University you will work at the forefront of these exciting disciplines. Genetics has almost limitless potential to help understand human health and disease, evolution, and the diversity of living things. Complementing this, biochemistry provides a mechanistic understanding of how genes dictate the biology of an organism. The Genetics and Biochemistry Degree combines these two disciplines, with a focus on studying the molecular genetics of health and disease. Building upon a foundation that includes key genetics and biochemistry understanding, you will soon start to specialise human genetics, gene expression, developmental and cancer biology, biotechnology, genetic engineering and pharmacology. Upon successful completion of the Genetics and Biochemistry Degree you will have the skills and attributes necessary for diverse careers that include biomedical research, forensic science, DNA profiling, clinical cytogenetics and genetic counselling amongst others.

  • We place great emphasis upon practical skills, so that our graduates become practitioners from the word go.
  • We ensure that our graduates have the skills to communicate their science effectively.
  • We have extensive research and teaching labs equipped with the latest equipment, including bioimaging facilities, high-throughput DNA sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics and spectroscopic platforms. We have also recently invested over £55 million in our teaching facilities on campus.
  • This degree will give you a solid foundation in the study of cellular, molecular and chemical biology.
  • We will nurture both your intellectual curiosity and your general scientific practice.
  • The subject is taught within an internationally recognised centre of excellence, by experts in the Biochemistry and Genetics fields.

In choosing to study the Genetics and Biochemistry degree at Aberystwyth University you will work at the forefront of these exciting disciplines. Genetics has almost limitless potential to help understand human health and disease, evolution, and the diversity of living things. Complementing this, biochemistry provides a mechanistic understanding of how genes dictate the biology of an organism....

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Course Content

In your first year you will explore:

  • The diversity of biological disciplines which includes:
  • Structure and function of plants, animals and microbes at the organismal, cellular and molecular levels;
  • A solid grounding in biological chemistry and the molecules of life;
  • The principles underpinning modern genetics and inheritance;
  • The metabolic flow of energy and matter through living systems.

In your second year you will discover:

  • Cell biology and developmental biology;
  • Immunology and cancer biology;
  • Molecular biology and its applications;
  • Practical –based modules developing your research skills.

In your third year you will study:

  • Functional Genomics and other ‘omics technologies;
  • Gene expression and developmental genetics;
  • Pharmacology and toxicology;
  • And undertake a major research project.

In your first year you will explore: The diversity of biological disciplines which includes: Structure and function of plants, animals and microbes at the organismal, cellular and molecular levels; A solid grounding in biological chemistry and the molecules of life; The principles underpinning modern genetics and...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Chemistry

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Chemistry at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Chemistry

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Chemistry GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh and Mathematics BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM with a specified subject International Baccalaureate: 30-28 with 5 points...

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Assessment Methods

The course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and practicals. You will be assessed through:

  • Essays;
  • Practical exercises;
  • Worksheets;
  • Literature reviews;
  • Magazine articles;
  • Reports;
  • Statistical exercises;
  • Posters;
  • Presentations;
  • Online tests;
  • Reflective diaries;
  • Exams.

The course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and practicals. You will be assessed through: Essays; Practical exercises; Worksheets; Literature reviews; Magazine articles; Reports; Statistical exercises; Posters; Presentations; Online...

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