In studying for a Genetics Degree at Aberystwyth University you will be at the cutting edge of science whilst studying at the prestigious Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences. Genetics is the study of the structure, function and inheritance of genes. Recent breakthroughs such as the completion of the human genome project, the exploitation of genetic manipulation in biotechnology, and the use of stem cells have made genetics one of the most dynamic and broadly relevant areas of life science. Aberystwyth is a unique location to study the Genetics Degree (C400); our students benefit from well-equipped laboratories, superb computing facilities and internationally-renowned staff. Expand the tabs below and find out more...
This BSc Genetics degree course will give you a thorough grounding in the study of genetics, from the study of the structure and function of genes and genomes, to the significance and social impact of the latest discoveries. This course will also help you hone your scientific skills and prepare you for your future career or research specialism.
Why study Genetics at Aberystwyth?
This course is delivered by our Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), which is an internationally-recognised centre of excellence and an award-winning research and teaching centre. It is also one of the largest and most well-resourced institutions of its kind in the UK, with over 300 research, teaching and technical staff conducting scientific research from the molecular level right up to global level.
The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences is a recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. The award recognises work of excellence and world-class achievement, and acknowledges the outstanding work of scientists at the Institute in various disciplines.
The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences won the ''Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology'' category award at the Times Higher Education Awards 2013.
The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences also recently won one of the first ever Excellence with Impact Awards from the BBSRC, the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The award recognises those university departments which are most active in embedding a culture that promotes and values the achievement of impact alongside excellent research.
The Institute has excellent facilities for geneticists, and you will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in the local vicinity or as part of a week-long residential field course away from Aberystwyth, working on field-based exercises to collect, examine and report on organisms and their genetics..
Aberystwyth itself is surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain, grassland and coast, which provides you with a fabulous variety of fieldwork and recreational opportunities.
The Department offers a number of modules taught through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the department.
Welsh medium modules available
Year 1 Core (70 Credits) You must take the following modules
86% of students are in work or further study 6 months after finishing
You will be fully supported with developing your employability skills throughout the degree scheme. The degree will allow you to develop specialist skills such as using bioinformatics tools to analyse and interpret DNA and protein sequences and to discern their function as well as developing a range of transferable skills highly valued by employers. You will join a department that has excellent facilities to support your studies; £55 million pounds has been invested over the last five years in IBERS infrastructure. Many students as part of their supervised final year project have access to highly specialised facilities for example The Genomics Facility which has the largest DNA sequencing capacity in Wales. These facilities enable students to develop their specialist skills and knowledge preparing them for a successful transition into the workplace. You will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in the local vicinity or as part of a week-long residential field course away from Aberystwyth, working on field-based exercises to collect, examine and report on organisms and their genetics. IBERS staff have close links with many learned societies such as the Genetics Society which provide a route for students to network with others in their discipline and explore funding opportunities and recognition of their work. Guest lecturers and expert external teachers also contribute to the curriculum to pass on their expertise and knowledge.
The department has resources on the virtual learning environment, Aberlearn Blackboard to support your development and has a dedicated Twitter feed to keep students informed of developmental opportunities and work experience. Students have participated in a work experience module to help them identify and reflect on their employability skills they are developing through their work experience.
The department has a close working relationship with the Careers Service and has an IBERS link careers adviser to support students with their career development. Employer events are organised to allow students to gain an insight into different graduate employers and develop their networking skills. The IBERS Employer Advisory Group invites a variety of employers to advise on curriculum and employability development to ensure students are acquiring the right skills needed by graduate employers. The Careers Service can also help and support you sourcing work experience opportunities locally and nationally. You will be eligible to take part in the GO Wales scheme which offers opportunities for work tasters and paid placements to develop your experience in the workplace. Students from the department have participated in work taster opportunities in local secondary schools to gain experience of teaching science and the local hospital to gain experience of a healthcare setting. You can also participate in the Year in Employment Scheme (YES) to gain graduate level work experience and IBERS students have successfully gained placements with a number of employers including GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca.
The course will help you hone your scientific skills and prepare you for your future career or research specialism.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
This course will nurture both your intellectual curiosity and your general scientific practice. You will investigate subjects including cellular biology, proteins and enzymes, chromosome dynamics, gene expression and developmental genetics, and many more. As you study, you will receive expert tuition in scientific protocol and hands-on lab work, such as the correct experimental methodology for recording, interpreting and reporting data. On this course, you will develop an impressive cache of subject expertise and scientific skills which will be of enormous benefit in any biological or other scientific profession. The course will also prepare you for more general graduate employment, as your expertise in research, analysis, data handling, reporting and intellectual curiosity will be an enormous asset in any career path you choose.
This course will be delivered through a balanced programme of lectures, seminars and lab work. You will receive thorough training in biological concepts and practical methods. You will explore this learning in laboratory research and experimentation, in individual and group tasks.
Among many skills, you will learn to: synthesize information from scientific literature; understand and explain the implications of developments like genome sequencing; scrutinise data in terms of quality and quantity; and respond to new data through laboratory investigation.
You will be assessed through essays, practical exercises, oral presentations and exams. You will also be required to complete additional assignments and work with others on particular tasks. In all these areas you will need to demonstrate scientific rigour and apply a systematic approach to the problems with which you are presented.
You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.
You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.
The lectures, seminars and the Department's supportive staff will greatly assist you in your biological training. You will also benefit from the many opportunities within the department and the university to develop your academic rigour and professionalism so that, upon graduation, you are perfectly positioned for the next stage of your career.
Genetics is at the cutting edge of the biological sciences. In the post-genomic era, we are able to truly examine our biological programming at a molecular level. What I really enjoy about the course, C400, is that you have the ability to tailor it to your areas of interest, choosing your own combinations of modules which reflect the areas you want to explore most, all the while gaining valuable knowledge and practical experience to help shape your career path. Richard Cleverley
For me, the appeal of genetics is rooted in its universal and diverse nature; it is captivating to consider the fact that every variety of living organism is constructed from a blueprint, written within molecules of DNA. My delight in genetics is intensified by the positive impact its application can have on people’s lives, and with so much still to be discovered, surely the best is yet to come. Studying at Aberystwyth University has facilitated my enjoyment of genetics and has provided the resources that make it possible for me to continue to take pleasure in genetics. Nathan Luke Greenaway