Genetics

What is Genetics?

Genetics is the study of characteristic transference and variation within the various species of the world. It is a vibrant and expanding discipline at the core of biological and medical sciences, playing a vital part in the development of genetic engineering and the decoding of the human genome.

Why Study Genetics?

Leeds is one of the few universities in which you can specialise in genetics whilst gaining a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of related disciplines. You will gain an insight into applications of genetic techniques in fields as diverse as genetic engineering, developmental biology, biotechnology, diagnostics and therapies for human diseases, and conservation biology.

As well as having the opportunity to study such an interesting and engaging subject, you will also graduate with an array of transferable skills ideal for the graduate job market.

MBiol, BSc Genetics (Integrated Masters) has received interim accreditation by the Society of Biology. Find out more about MBiol BSc Accreditation (pdf download).

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Course Overview

Our genetics degree offers a comprehensive study of the nature, transmission, and expression of genetic information in living organisms, and you will have the opportunity to study topics such as human genetics, developmental biology and epigenetics.

Core modules

  • Biology Practicals and Data Analysis
  • Cell Biology
  • Diversity of Life
  • Introduction to Genetics
All students take the programme-specified modules as shown below. In addition, students can take modules specified for other biology programmes, optional modules or an elective module. All students undertake a research project and choose modules from amongst those identified as appropriate to their programme. Illustrative examples of the wide choice available are provided below.

Programme options

  • Introductory Biochemistry
  • Practical Genetics
  • Tutorials for Genetics

Programme options

  • Genetic Engineering
  • Animal Developmental Biology
  • Bacterial Genomics
  • Evolution
  • Bioinformatics
  • Human Genetics
  • How Plants Work
  • Tutorials for Genetics

Programme options

  • Applied Genetics
  • Population, Genetics and Evolution
  • Developmental Biology
  • Epigenetics
  • Advanced Topics in Human Genetics
  • Comparative Genomics

Total Credits: 120

Total Credits: 120

Total Credits: 120

BSc Year 1 BSc Year 2 BSc Year 3

Course changes may occur given the fast-moving nature of the field and the above is an indicative list only.

BSc Year one

Year one is where you will establish your foundation of knowledge and expertise in genetics, as well as other areas including cell biology and biochemistry. 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.

BSc Year two

In year two you will begin to specialise in the area of genetics, with compulsory modules including genetic engineering, bacterial genetics, and human genetics. Whilst you continue to hone your research and practical skills you will also have the chance to participate in an industrial placement or study year abroad at the end of year 2, a fantastic opportunity to broaden your experience and further develop your CV.

BSc Year three

In year three you will be immersed even deeper into the research environment here at Leeds. You will undertake your own independent research project under the supervision of one of our research academics as well as studying advanced level modules in areas such as cancer genetics and comparative genomics. Upon graduation you will be equipped with specialised knowledge as well as broader transferable skills ideal for succeeding in the graduate job market.

MBiol Year three and four

Year 3 of the MBiol will involve similar compulsory and optional modules as the BSc, but will also include a short research project, and literature survey designed to prepare for the step up to Masters required for year four. In year four you will study Masters level modules, such as plant biotechnology or conservation genetics. On top of this you will also undertake an extended research project on an original, innovative topic that will further develop the skills that are required for a career in research, as well as helping you stand out in the graduate job market.

Please note that year one and two are the same as the BSc for the MBiol.

To find out more about this MBiol degree programme download our guide and our overview on MBiol programmes.

Teaching

Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The first and second year will see a focus on these three teaching methods, building your skills, understanding and knowledge for your final year research project, which will see independent research and learning complemented with the guidance of leading experts.

Typical timetable (3 year BSc)

  • Year one includes twelve hours of lectures, a three hour practical session in the lab, additional workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study. 
  • Year two includes nine hours of lectures and nine hours of practicals, with a one hour tutorial or workshop, plus private study. 
  • In year three you will have nine hours of lectures and extended time in a research laboratory, plus private study.

Discover more about our teaching.

The structure of your course will vary dependent upon which of the following pathways you choose:

Qualification

Course Title

Duration

BSc

Genetics

3 years

BSc

Genetics with industrial placement year

4 years

BSc

Genetics with a study year abroad

4 years

MBiol, BSc

Genetics

4 years

MBiol, BSc

Genetics with industrial placement year

5 years

MBiol, BSc

Genetics with a study year abroad

5 years

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