You’ll establish your foundation of knowledge and expertise in genetics with a set of core modules including genetics, cell biology and biochemistry, with other modules from biology and microbiology. Core introductory modules will be delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practicals allowing you to develop the research skills that will be necessary throughout your degree.
Optional field course: coastal and uplands habitats in Millport, Scotland.
At the end of year 1, our flexible degree structure offers you the opportunity to transfer onto other suitable degree courses.
You’ll focus more specifically on genetics, with compulsory modules in genetic engineering, bacterial genetics, bioinformatics, human genetics and developmental biology and a diverse range of optional modules including microbiology, virology, evolution and cell biology.
At the end of year 2, you will have the opportunity to complete an industrial work placement, study abroad, or combined study and work abroad. This will add an additional year of study to your degree and enhance your portfolio of transferable skills.
All students will study advanced level modules in human genetics and biotechnology, with options including developmental biology, cancer biology, population genetics and microbiology.
You’ll conduct independent research, under the supervision of one of our research academics in areas as diverse as genomics; genetic engineering; developmental genetics of animals or plants; human genetics; population and evolutionary genetics and bioinformatics. Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped with specialised knowledge as well as broader transferable skills ideal for succeeding in the graduate job market.
MBiol students will undertake a preparatory research project introducing you to the advanced research skills you’ll use in year 4.
Integrated Masters (MBiol)
Our integrated Masters MBiol programme shares the same year 1 and 2 studying with our BSc programme, providing a foundation knowledge and skills.
Year 4 (MBiol)
You’ll carry out an extended research project focused on an original, cutting-edge topic specific to genetics and developing the high-level skills that will equip you for a career in research. Alongside this, you will study a range of Masters-level modules including high-throughput technologies, plant biotechnology and conservation genetics.
Examples of MBiol projects include:
generation and analysis of genetically engineered plants
genetic analysis of development in model animals like the worm C. elegans
genome engineering using CRISPR/Cas genome editing
Identification of mutations responsible for inherited disorders
next-generation sequencing and analysis of large datasets
analysing genetic diversity in natural populations.
The MBiol programme provides an excellent springboard toward a research career in academia or industry.
Details of typical modules/components for our courses will now be published after July 1st (instead of May 1st), due to current limitations as a result of covid-19. These details may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.
This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
You’ll have access to the very best learning resources and academic support during your studies. We’ve been awarded a Gold rating in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2017), demonstrating our commitment to delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.
You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and practicals. Your first and second years will focus on these three teaching methods, building your skills, understanding and knowledge in preparation for your final year research project, which will see you take on independent research and learning with the guidance of leading experts.
Across all years, additional workshop and seminar sessions will complement your lectures and lab practicals, and you will also undertake private study.
As a guide, a typical week in your first year includes nine to twelve hours of lectures, three to six hours of practical sessions in the laboratory, tutorials, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study.
Independent study and research are also crucial to every year of the course. We have excellent library and computing facilities to support your learning, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of them.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a broad range of skills. These include practical work, data handling and problem-solving exercises, multiple-choice tests, group work, online and face-to-face discussion groups, computer-based simulations, essays, posters and oral presentations.