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Genetics allows us to understand normal events such as development, growth and ageing in terms of the underlying molecular machinery of the cell and helps explain why these processes go wrong in disease. Genetics also provides us with tools to produce improved crops and livestock.

This degree programme aims to instil a broad base of knowledge regarding genetics at the molecular, cellular and organismal levels. Additionally, students will gain an in depth understanding of selected aspects of Genetics which will reflect the research expertise and strengths within the School, and will be instructed in the many applications of this subject.

Genetics allows us to understand normal events such as development, growth and ageing in terms of the underlying molecular machinery of the cell and helps explain why these processes go wrong in disease. Genetics also provides us with tools to produce improved crops and livestock. This degree programme aims to instil a broad base of knowledge regarding genetics at the molecular,...

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Course Content

A degree in Genetics is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit your timetable.

  • Year 1

In year 1 you will take courses in Medical Sciences and Chemistry for Life Sciences plus additional courses selected from science and other areas.

Compulsory Courses

Introduction to Medical Sciences (SM1001) - 15 Credit Points

The Cell (SM1501) - 15 Credit Points

Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1 (CM1020) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2 (CM1512) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

In year 2, courses introduce Animal, Plant and Microbial Genetics. The basic principles of gene action and expression are explored including Population Genetics and Evolution. You also have a choice of other science courses and are encouraged to include Biochemistry and Cell Biology courses among them.

Compulsory Courses

Genes and Evolution (BI2017) - 15 Credit Points

Molecular Biology of the Gene (BI20M3) - 15 Credit Points

Foundation Skills for Medical Sciences (SM2001) - 15 Credit Points

Energy for Life (BI25M7) - 15 Credit Points

Microbes, Infection and Immunity (BI25M5) - 15 Credit Points

Research Skills for Medical Sciences (SM2501) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 3

Topics covered in year 3 include

  • Principles of Genetic Analysis and the Molecular Biology of Gene Function;
  • Genome Biology;
  • Evolutionary Genetics;
  • Medical Genetics;
  • Developmental Genetics;
  • Human Genetics and
  • Complex Genetics Disorders.

Compulsory Courses

Molecular Biology of the Cell (MB3006) - 30 Credit Points

Genetics (GN3502) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following:

  • The Molecular Control of Cell Function (BC3503)
  • Fundamentals of Immunology (IM3501)

Plus select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

The Molecular Control of Cell Function (BC3503) - 30 Credit Points

Fundamentals of Immunology (IM3501) - 30 Credit Points

  • Year 4

The Honours year aims to explore in depth, specific aspects of genetics. An important feature is the ten-week research project, carried out in research laboratories at the University or in local research institutes.

Compulsory Courses

Honours Genetics - Option 1 (GN4010) - 15 Credit Points

Honours Advanced Molecular Biology (MB4050) - 30 Credit Points

Honours Genetics - Option 2 (GN4310) - 15 Credit Points

Genetics Honours Research Project (GN4502) - 60 Credit Points

A degree in Genetics is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit your...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB* Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB* Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

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