University of Edinburgh

B.Sc. Genetics

University of Edinburgh
In Edinburgh

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Edinburgh (Scotland)

The degree programme in Biological Sciences is designed to produce graduates who will be able to pursue successful careers in a range of professional areas, both within and outside Biology. Graduates will be capable of original investigation in the laboratory, field studies and library. They will have confidence and competence in data analysis. They will have developed an awareness of unresolved issues and unanswered questions in specialised subject areas within Biological Sciences.

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Edinburgh (Midlothian/Edinburghshire)
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Centre For Population Health Sciences, Medical School, Teviot Place, EH8 9AG


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What you'll learn on the course

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Course programme

Course Content

Genetics is the study of biological variation and the control mechanisms of living systems. It is central to biology and disease formation, and relates to other subjects, including biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, plant biology and zoology.

You will study the molecular and cellular sides of genetics, basic genetic analysis and chromosome theory, issues of population and evolution, and disease development.

Year 1

As an integral part of your studies, you will gain key skills which will enhance your long-term employability.

In addition, you will learn core laboratory skills and study modern biology subjects within courses such as: Origin & Diversity of Life 1 (compulsory); Biology, Ecology & Environment 1; Molecules, Genes & Cells 1 (compulsory); and Quantification in the Life Sciences 1. These lay the foundation for more specialist courses in later years. Most students also take courses such as Biological Chemistry 1A or Introductory Chemistry for Biologists 1 and Biological Chemistry 1B.

You can also choose courses from a wide range of other academic areas from across the University including languages, management or other sciences.

Year 2

You will begin to specialise, choosing several courses in biological sciences. Most students study The Dynamic Cell 2 and Genes & Gene Action 2.

You can also choose courses from other areas. At the end of Year 2, students progress into their chosen subject specialisation.

Year 3

You will specialise in a chosen area of biology, choosing from our 12 subject specialisations. These will prepare you for exploring scientific literature, analysis of scientific data and research work.

Courses involve training in laboratory skills, with specific courses concentrating on fieldwork. A number of students take the opportunity to study abroad or work for a year in industry.

Year 4

You will study your chosen subject area at a deeper scientific level. Taking part in seminars and debates on scientific papers with staff and other students will develop your presentation, discussion and critical appraisal skills. All students undertake an individual research project.

Courses include:

  • Genes and Gene Action
  • Evolution in Action
  • The Dynamic Cell
  • Animal Biology
  • The Green Planet
  • Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Cells to Organisms
  • Microorganisms, Infection and Immunity
  • Quantification in the Life Sciences
  • Biology, Ecology and Environment
  • Medical Biology

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