Genetics 2016/17

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What is Genetics?

Genetics is the study inheritance and variation within living organism. 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.

Advanced Accredited Degree

Both our Integrated Masters (MBiol) programme and BSc with Industrial Placement Year programme has been awarded advanced accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

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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.

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year.

This is an indicative list and actual content can vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Core modules

Core modules Core modules
  • The Molecules of Life (introduction to biochemistry)
  • Introduction to Cell Biology: from Molecules to Cells and Tissues
  • The Diversity of Life
  • Biology Practicals and Data Analysis
  • Introduction to Genetics
  • Practical Genetics
  • Tutorials for Biology and Genetics
  • The Power of Bacterial Genomics
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Enhanced Study Skills for Biologists
  • How Plants Work
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Animal Developmental Biology
  • Human Genetics
In addition, students can take modules specified for other biology programmes, optional modules or an elective module.
  • Applied Genetics
  • Population, Genetics and Evolution
  • Developmental Biology
  • Epigenetics
  • Advanced Topics in Human Genetics
  • Comparative Genomics

All students undertake a research project and choose modules from amongst those identified as appropriate to their programme. 

Optional Modules

Optional Modules

Optional Modules

  • Tissues, Organs and Processes of the Human Body
  • Career and Professional Development for Life Scientists
  • Applied Biology and Agriculture
  • Practical Applied Biology
  • Coastal and Upland Habitats Field Course
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Introductory Microbiology
  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Biological Membranes and Cell Signalling
  • Human Diseases
  • Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists
  • Human Populations
  • Organismal Evolution
  • Sustainable Food Production
  • History of Genetics
  • Cell Biology of Disease
  • Molecular Virology
  • Medical Immunology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Applied Plant Science
  • Epigenetics
  • Advanced Topics in Evolution
  • Evolution and Population Genetics
  • Animal Developmental Biology
  • Plant Developmental Biology
  • 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. 

 

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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Graduate Employment

93% of our graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduation (DLHE 2013/14). Recent careers include genetics research, genetic counselling, scientific publishing and science journalism, sakes and management in science-related industries, teaching, scientific administration and science policy development. Some students also go onto Masters or PhD study. According to recently collected data, the average starting salary in the field of Genetics has been estimated to be around £21,000 (DLHE 2012/2013).

Our degree prepares you for a wide range of opportunities in scientific and non-scientific careers. Graduate prospects have been seen to be high in the area of genetics, leading to a high level of graduate employment from the course.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Genetic Counsellor Assistant, NHS
  • Senior Analyst, Loans Specialist Advisory Services
  • Genetics Technologist, Central Manchester Foundation Trust
  • Biomedical Support worker, St. James’s Hospital
  • Health Care assistant, Kings College Hospital

Karen Turner: BSc Genetics

I spent a year working in the transgenic department of a large pharmaceutical company in Essex and absolutely loved it. I gained a lot of experience of varied lab techniques, met a lot of new people and also experienced first-hand what it is like to work in the scientific industry

Careers Support

We take personal development and career opportunities very seriously and the Faculty has a dedicated Employability Officer who works closely with the careers centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placement opportunities.

We organise regular careers workshops designed especially for biological sciences students to help develop their career opportunities, including the annual Bioscience Careers Networking Event, offering a chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.

Careers Centre

The Faculty works closely with the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country. The centre provides high-quality professional support and advice for all our students and access to thousands of opportunities for graduate employment, placements and internships. http://careerweb.leeds.ac.uk