Biological, Environmental and Rural Scs. - Aberystwyth Univ.

BSc Genetics

Biological, Environmental and Rural Scs. - Aberystwyth Univ.
In Aberystwyth

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Aberystwyth (Wales)
Duration 3 Years
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Aberystwyth (Wales)
  • Duration:
    3 Years

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Aberystwyth (Cardiganshire/Ceredigion)
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Aberystwyth University, Penglais, SY23 3DA


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· Requirements

GCSE * (min grade C) Mathematics and Chemistry or Dual Award Science *** UCAS Tariff 280 points C in A level or B in AS level Biology or Human Biology International Baccalaureate 26 with 5/7 in Biology at higher level European Baccalaureate 65% with 75% in specified subject * All schemes require grade C in GCSE English or Welsh or an acceptable equivalent. *** Key Skills level 3 Application of Number acceptable in lieu of GCSE Maths.

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Course programme

Almost every day there is a report in the media of a new advance or controversy involving genetics. These include genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the Human Genome Project, forensic DNA profiling, and the isolation and characterisation of genes involved in human disease. The study of genetics has moved from the seminal discovery by Mendel of the inheritance of genetic material, to the cutting edge analysis of the complete genome sequences of many organisms including humans.

At Aberystwyth, we are keen that our genetics graduates should be able to comment in an informed way on topical issues relating to genetics. To achieve this, the course has been carefully developed to cover both the fundamentals of inheritance and the frontiers of modern genetics, such as genomics and bioinformatics. Since genes are necessary for all living organisms, genetics impinges on many subject areas; by prudent selection of optional modules you can specialise in topics as different as conservation and biotechnology. Our genetics degree will provide you with the skills to take up many careers in healthcare, in industry and in universities, including biotechnology and forensic research, clinical genetics, genetic counselling, and environmental population genetics.

After completing the first year, during which you will have developed a firm grounding in biological sciences, you will take a mixture of core and optional modules. These cover areas such as gene expression, developmental genetics, human genetics, genomics, bioinformatics and the important area of ethical issues in genetics. Through these modules, and your final year research project, you are able to develop your own interest in genetics. The project in particular allows you to develop experimental skills in a genetics research area of your choice.

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Contact person: Dr John Gee & Dr John Scullion

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