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Medical Genetics

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

including a grade B in a relevant Science subject. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

to include modules in a relevant science subject.

112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include modules in a relevant science subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is acceptable but must be accompanied by another Science A Level at grade C or above.

UCAS Tariff

112

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in a relevant Science subject at A Level.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Medical genetics

Genetics is at the heart of modern developmental sciences. The drive to understand more about the processes behind inherited diseases has led to huge advances in many fields including embryology, stem cell biology and cancer research. On this course you’ll learn about genetics across the board from the foundations right up to the most recent breakthroughs. It’s a course designed to help you kick-start your career in a wide range of healthcare professions, pharmaceuticals, genetic counselling or medical research.

* This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

* On our Medical Genetics degree we take you through the theory and practice of applying genetics to medical and biological sciences research. The course is designed not only to build your in-depth knowledge of the topics, but also to help you develop a deep understanding of the implications of human genetic research.

* As your studies progress you’ll get the opportunity to look into how genomics and proteomics are being applied to diseases such as cancer and diabetes, and study advanced topics such as molecular evolution and next generation DNA sequencing techniques.

* Your learning will be supported by doctoral-level academics with expertise across the biological sciences. Teaching aims to help you develop your problem-solving and investigative skills and you’ll be able to get to grips with modern, scientific instruments in specialist lab sessions.

* In your third year you can take the option to apply what you’ve learned so far on the course in the real-world setting of a work placement. It’s an excellent opportunity to boost your employability and enhance your career prospects.

As a student on this course you’ll be able to apply for undergraduate membership of the Biochemical Society and The Physiological Society (UK). You’ll also be eligible for student affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Biology and upon successful graduation be eligible to apply for one year associate membership, this can help open up networks at a crucial time when applying for jobs.

Professional links and accreditation:
This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (https://www.rsb.org.uk/education/accreditation).

This accreditation is reviewed on a regular basis.

As a student on this course you’ll be able to apply for undergraduate membership of the Biochemical Society (https://www.biochemistry.org/membership/undergraduate-membership/) and The Physiological Society (UK) (https://www.physoc.org/undergraduate-membership). You’ll also be eligible for student affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Biology and upon successful graduation be eligible to apply for one year associate membership (https://www.rsb.org.uk/membership/individual-membership/membership-benefits), this can help open up networks at a crucial time when applying for jobs.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Biochemistry 1
Chemical and Physical Principles of Biology
Physiology 1: Structure and Function
The World of Microbes
Research Skills

Year 2
Core modules:
Molecular Biology
Biochemistry 2
Genomes and Evolution
Epidemiology and Public Health
Research Skills 2

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include-
Physiology 2: Control and Integration
Molecular Aspects of Drug Action
Cell Biology
Pharmaceutics and Formulation
Infectious Diseases and Therapeutics

Year 3 - optional placement year
Supervised Work Experience

Final year
Core modules:
Research Project
Applied Molecular Genetics
Genomics
Medical Genetics

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include-
Mechanisms and Pathology of Cancer and other Chronic Diseases
Advanced Physiology
Immunology and Infection
Biochemistry 3
Cancer Biology
Innovations of Drug Design and Development

Assessment methods

Assessment will include written exams, multiple choice questions, oral presentations and assessment of laboratory skills. The final year research project contributes to your degree classification.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£16,000
per year
International
£16,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Please see our website for more information - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of Biological and Geographical Sciences (SBIOLSCI)

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medical genetics

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
57%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Genetics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
48%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Natural and social science professionals
15%
Science, engineering and production technicians
8%
Teaching and educational professionals

Only a few hundred people take genetics courses every year and graduates from these courses are amongst the most likely to go on to do a doctorate when they graduate, as that's the level of qualification you need to go into a career in research in this important and fast-moving field. Lab jobs were the most popular outcome for genetics graduates, but whilst other science and technical occupations were also common, you could also find genetics graduates in a range of other roles, particularly business and finance.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biosciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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