BSc

Genetics and Biochemistry (with integrated year in industry)

Royal Society of Biology Accredited Degree

BSc Genetics and Biochemistry (with integrated year in industry) Code CC48 Register for an Open Day Register for an Open Day

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Key Facts

Code CC48
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC-BBB with B in Chemistry. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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In choosing to study the Genetics and Biochemistry Degree with the integrated year in industry at Aberystwyth University you will work at the forefront of this exciting discipline. By undertaking a year in industry, you will develop the skills and knowledge that employers are desperately seeking. Genetics has almost limitless potential to help understand and treat genetic disease and develop new medicines. Additionally, you will explore genetically modified organisms and evaluate their benefit to humankind. Building upon a foundation that includes key genetics and biochemistry understanding you will soon start to specialise into genetics, human genetics, gene expression, pharmacology, and data handling. Upon successful completion of the Genetics and Biochemistry Degree you will have the skills and attributes necessary for diverse careers that include biomedicine, forensic science, DNA profiling, clinical cytogenetics, genetic counselling, and food production amongst others.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Biological Sciences (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS): 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Biological Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Royal Society of Biology Accredited Degree Why study Genetics and Biochemistry at Aberystwyth University?

  • Study in a University that’s in the top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS,2017).
  • The syllabus of this course is identical to its sister course BSc Genetics & Biochemistry (CC47) however you will spend an additional year in industry after the second year. Your placement will be relevant to the degree and the year is assessed, counting towards your final degree grade.
  • Students will organise their work placement under the guidance of our Director for Employability. There is no guarantee that the work experience will be paid. (If you cannot obtain a placement, then you must transfer to the sister course BSc Genetics & Biochemistry CC47).
  • During your year in industry, you will pay a discounted tuition fee.
  • Learn and live in an exceptional environment where you will be surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain, waterways, grassland and coast.
  • The Cambrian mountains as a backdrop and just a stone throw way from Cardigan Bay and its bottlenose dolphins.
  • We place great emphasis upon practical skills, so that our graduates become practitioners from the word go.
  • We have extensive research and teaching labs equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, including bioimaging facilities, high-throughput DNA sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics, phenomics and spectroscopic platforms.
  • The subject is taught within an internationally recognised centre of excellence, by enthusiastic experts.
  • We ensure that our graduates have the skills to communicate their science effectively, so that they can join the often controversial genetics debates
Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Biological Molecules BR15810 10
Cell Biology BR13910 10
Comparative Animal Physiology BR14110 10
Evolution and the Diversity of Life BR14310 10
Exploring Genetics BR14410 10
Metabolism BR12010 10
Microbial Diversity * BR12110 10
Molecular Biochemistry BR13720 20
Molecular Laboratory Skills BR12210 10
Study and Communication Skills * BR12410 10
The Green Planet * BR13610 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Applied Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics BR20620 20
Cell and Cancer Biology BR25920 20
Chromosome Dynamics BR21820 20
Practical Skills for Biochemists BR22920 20
Proteins and Enzymes BR26620 20
Research Methods * BR25620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Work Experience BRS0060 60

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Biochemistry and Pharmacology BR31220 20
Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics BR31420 20
Data-Handling for Biochemists BR32110 10
Dissertation * BR32330 30
Gene Expression and Developmental Genetics BR33320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Conservation Genetics * BR31810 10
Evolution Field Course BR32810 10
Microbes in Industry and Research BR33620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Employability is embedded in our teaching. This scheme offers you an avenue into employment in the growth areas of biomedicine, forensic science, DNA profiling (humans, animals and plants), clinical cytogenetics and genetic counselling, biotechnology and food production, and aspects of biodiversity and the conservation of genetic resources and endangered species. This scheme can also lead to postgraduate research at Masters and PhD level.

Your year in industry:

In the 2016 Highflyers report, 32% of graduate vacancies are taken by those who have previously worked for a company on a placement or/ a internship.  Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject.

 Completing a year in industry will allow you to:

  • Apply the learning from your course to the work environment;
  • Make industry contacts;
  • Develop practical skills related to your area of study;
  • Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study;
  • Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating.

Students on this scheme should note that the department institute does not have automatic placements for every applicant. You will be responsible for finding securing the work experience, however, you will have the assistance of our institute Work Experience Coordinator and our dedicated careers advisor (James Cuffe, jpc11@aber.ac.uk). If you fail to find work experience you will be able to convert your course to the three-year version of your subject. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

In your first year you will explore:

  • The diversity of biological disciplines which includes;
  • Animals, microbes and plants at the organismal, cellular and molecular levels
  • Physiology, muscle and locomotion, nutrition, endocrinology, cardiovascular respiratory systems and homeostasis
  • Genetics and the chemical basis of biology and metabolism

In your second year you will discover:

  • Cell biology
  • Immunology
  • Chromosomes
  • Molecular biology
  • Qualitative and quantitative procedures for data analysis

In your third year you will undertake your work experience in an industry that is relative to this degree BSc Genetics and Biochemistry.

In your final year you will study and undertake:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • Pharmacology
  • Microbes
  • Developmental genetics
  • A research dissertation

How will I be taught?

The course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and practicals. You will be assessed through;

  • Essays
  • Practical exercises
  • Oral presentations
  • Worksheets
  • Reports
  • Posters
  • Literature reviews
  • Exams

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC-BBB with B in Chemistry. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics and a Science subject

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall with 5 points in Chemistry at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
65-70% overall with 75% in specified subject

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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