Biological Sciences (Genetics) BSc

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom

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January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 29,691

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Genetics covers many aspects of society including human health, forensic science, food production, environmental quality, species conservation, ethics and law. On this course you will learn how genetic engineering, molecular and developmental genetics, human genetics and evolutionary genetics all contribute to a greater understanding of the discipline. You will gain a balanced understanding of modern genetics focusing on the organisation, inheritance, expression and evolution of genes in organisms ranging from bacteria to Homo sapiens.
  • You will work alongside leading geneticists who are investigating some of the most important questions in genetic research in order to gain insight into the mechanisms of life and evolution. Geneticists study these processes in all types of organisms and discover how errors in them can cause disease, and they help discover how genes work across the biological sciences. You will also gain a broad understanding of fundamental biological processes, while developing analytical skills and gaining experience in handling complex information. By studying genetics alongside options in other biological sciences, you will be able to apply your knowledge across the boundaries of traditional disciplines and gain a valuable and powerful asset in scientific environments and in many other walks of life.
  • This course is identical to the first three years of the MBiolSci in Biological Sciences (Genetics).

What's the difference?

  • At the University of Leicester, we offer seven Biological Science subjects and four Medical Bioscience subjects, all as both BSc (three years) and MBiolSci (four years), plus a Foundation Year option, giving you an impressive range of 23 different courses to choose from.
  • Biological Science covers major aspects of biology and molecular science across a wide range of organisms from bacteria and fungi to humans and plants. All 14 courses share a common first year so you can change to a different degree before the end of Year 1.
  • Medical Science allows you to select specialist modules that focus more closely on the application of biological principles to medicine. All eight courses share a common first year so you can change to a different degree before the end of Year 1.
  • It is possible to switch between a Biological Science course and a Medical Bioscience course during the first half of your first year, but after that the two fields diverge.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: AAB - ABB, including at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. We may consider two AS-levels in place of one A-level. General Studies not accepted
  • EPQ with A-levels: ABB-BBB EPQ grade B. A-level subjects to include two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. General Studies not accepted.
    GCSE: At least Grade C/4 in both English and Maths (if not held at A2/AS-level).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Science diploma with 45 credits at level three, 30 of which must be at distinction
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points to include grade 6 and 5 in at least two relevant HL science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. Minimum of 3 in HL Maths or 4 in SL Maths, or 5 in Maths Studies required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.
  • Minimum of 4 in English Language required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Applied Science Diploma with D*DD plus five GCSEs at B/5 or above including two relevant sciences
  • Other national and international qualifications considered.
  • Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School of Biological Sciences.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

Modules

  • The Molecules of Life: An Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • The Cell: An Introduction to Cell Biology and Microbiology
  • From Individuals to Populations: An Introduction to Genetics
  • Multicellular Organisation: An Introduction to Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience
  • Biodiversity and Behaviour: An Introduction to Zoology

Year 2

Core modules

  • Genomes
  • Research Topic
  • Bioinformatics
  • Option modules
  • Overall, you must choose at least one module from those marked 

Choose two option modules from:

  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Physiology of Excitable Cells
  • Principles of Microbiology
  • Global Change Biology and Conservation
  • Medical Microbiology

Then choose three option module from:

  • Genes, Development and Inheritance
  • Contemporary Techniques in Biological Data Analysis
  • Exercise Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Immunology and Eukaryotic Microbiology
  • Immunology and Eukaryotic Microbiology (with science enterprise trip)
  • Behavioural Neurobiology 
  • Neurobiology and Animal Behaviour
  • A Field Guide to Evolution
  • Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids
  • Protein Control in Cellular Regulation

Final Year

Core modules

  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Human Genetics

Option modules

  • Overall, you must choose at least one of those modules marked .

Choose three option modules from:

  • Microbial Pathogenesis and Genomics
  • Genes and Development
  • Conservation and Ecological Genetics
  • Human and Environmental Microbiomics
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Neuroscience Futures
  • Physiology, Pharmacology and Behaviour
  • Cellular Physiology of the Cardiovascular System
  • Current and Future Therapeutics
  • Behavioural Ecology

Then choose one pair of option modules from:

  • Analytical Research Project (double module) plus one additional option module from the list above
  • Steered Research Project (double module) plus one additional option module from the list above
  • Experimental Research Project A plus Experimental Research Project B (double module)
  • Education Research Project A plus Education Research Project B (double module)
  • Field Research Project A (Operation Wallacea) plus Experimental Research Project B (double module)

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

  • If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

UK and EU Students 

Starting in 2021 

  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year
  •  Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee. 

Additional costs 

Additional costs for 2021/22 are yet to be confirmed but, as an indication, the following was the case for students who started in 2020/21: 

  • The third year option module Microbial Biotechnology includes a field trip. The cost of this field trip is included in your tuition fee. You will be travelling between the University and hospitals in Leicester. The cost of a Hospital Hopper bus card is included in your tuition fee. 
  • The third year option module Behavioural Ecology includes an optional field trip. The cost of this field trip is £450 and is not included in your tuition fee.

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