What students say about genetics
There was roughly 17 to 20 hours of lectures per week, and also lab sessions for some modules and workshops for others. The content was very interesting, but also built upon the A-level biology syllabus, meaning no-one was left behind on their knowledge from school. The range of modules on offer, from animal diversity, vegetation and ecosystems to genetics and metabolism, was great, as there was something related to everyone's specific degree, but also gave you a fundamental grounding knowledge for any biology degree. We were required to write essays, take online tests (usually multiple choice), undertake project work in tutorials and also take end of module exams.1st year, Aberystwyth University
It's a mixture of lectures, seminars and practicals. The course is very demanding, not many contact hours but a lot of independent background reading, practical work and written coursework. It is assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical lab work, written coursework and occasionally oral presentations.2nd year, University of Central Lancashire
I am doing a degree in genetics and molecular biology at wolverhampton, and I love it. I have lectures four times a week, and a practical at least once a week, plus some subjects have extra tutorials, either online or after the lecture, where you can do questions and get feedback.2nd year, University of Wolverhampton
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Natural and social science professionals
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Genetic technologist
Other real-life job examples
- Chartered accountant
- MLSO (Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer)
- Clinical researcher
What employers like about this subject
A degree in genetics can provide you with subject-specific skills including an understanding of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology and physiology; the function and expression of genes and an understanding of the current state of genetic research, methodology, ethics and technology. Useful transferable skills you can develop include numeracy, data analysis, communication and problem-solving. Genetics graduates are amongst the most likely to go on to further study - around 40% take a postgraduate degree and many careers in the field, particularly in research, require a postgraduate qualification. Employers that recruited first degree graduates in genetics last year included hospitals, universities and the pharmaceutical industry.