UCAS code: C440
Duration: 4 years
School: Biological Sciences
College: Science and Engineering
Molecular genetics underlies the majority of modern biological research. It is concerned with the molecular mechanisms by which genes are expressed and regulated and the ways in which they control the properties of cells and organisms.
Molecular genetics has been revolutionised in recent years by the availability of large DNA sequence datasets, including full genome sequences for many species. This has also facilitated the study of many human traits, including diseases that have a major genetic component but whose inheritance involves more than a single gene.
Genetics impacts on almost every aspect of our lives - from human genetics and health, to infectious disease, what we eat and drink and how we live.
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 techniques and study modern biology subjects which span the breadth of the biological sciences subject areas and may also include biological chemistry.
There will be compulsory courses dependent on your chosen programme path and you can also choose option courses, which can be from other academic areas from across the University.
You will begin to specialise in a specific biological sciences area. There are opportunities to study within areas such as molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, genetics, ecology, evolution, and animal and plant biology.
You can still choose courses from other areas of the University as option course choices. At the end of Year 2, you will progress into your chosen biological subject specialisation which will lead to your honours programme of choice.
You will specialise in a chosen area of biology, choosing from our subject specialisations: biochemistry; biotechnology; cell biology; development, regeneration and stem cells; ecology; evolutionary biology; genetics; immunology; molecular biology; molecular genetics; plant science or zoology. These 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. Some students can take the opportunity to study abroad.
These 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. Some students can take the opportunity to study abroad.
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.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Teaching for biological sciences courses takes place at the University's King's Buildings. The teaching of other courses may be based in other University venues in Edinburgh. Later years can involve projects at allied research institutes in the local region. You will also have access to the University's libraries and computer laboratories. Much of the study material is available online.
Study abroad opportunities are optional for students and are currently undertaken in Year 3.
Most courses combine lectures, tutorials and practical or workshop sessions and you will be involved in individual study and team projects. Years 1 and 2 usually involve nine hours of lectures, eight hours of practicals and two hours of tutorials each week. In later years, you will undertake more personal study and research. You will be linked with a research group and an in-depth project will form an important part of your final-year assessment.
You will be assessed through in-course assessments and examinations. A research project or dissertation will form an important part of your final-year assessment.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
The analytical and scientific skills you will gain will equip you for a variety of careers. The core skills which you develop will enhance your employability.
Our graduates go on into a range of careers. These include industry-based occupations. Some choose further study before entering successful academic or other career paths.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:
Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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Students may incur additional costs of up to £150 for each year of the degree for purchasing books or other compulsory study material.
Additional costs may be incurred for optional field courses. There are optional field courses in Years 2 and 3 that you may choose to take. Currently, field course costs vary on average from £150 to £300 per course for transport and accommodation. You may choose to take more than one course between Years 2 and 3. The costs for field courses are due to be paid in the year the course is taken.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.