BSc Genetics Degree C400

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.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Year 1 Core (70 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Biology Of The Cell BR10310

Genetics BR11310

Animal Diversity BR11500

Biological Molecules And Methods BR11710

Semester 2

Animal Diversity BR11520

Metabolism BR12010

Molecular Laboratory Skills BR12210

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Sgiliau Astudio A Chyfathrebu BG12410

Study And Communication Skills BR12410

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 2

Llystyfiant Ac Ecosystemau BG12920

Vegetation And Ecosystems BR12920

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 2

Amrywiaeth Microbau BG12110

Microbial Diversity BR12110

Year 1 Options Choose 10 credits

Semester 1

Biological Thought And Discovery BR12510

The Biosphere BR13210

Year 2 Core (60 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Applied Molecular Biology And Bioinformatics BR20620

Semester 2

Evolution And Molecular Systematics BR21720

Chromosome Dynamics BR21820

Year 2 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Profiad Gwaith BG24200

Work Experience BR24200

Semester 2

Profiad Gwaith BG24210

Work Experience BR24210

Year 2 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Dulliau Ymchwil BG23400

Research Methods BR23400

Semester 2

Dulliau Ymchwil BG23420

Research Methods BR23420

Year 2 Options Choose 30 credits

Semester 1

Molecular Cell And Cancer Biology BR22720

Proteins And Enzymes BR23210

Semester 2

Immunology BR22220

Biochemistry In Practice BR24510

Final Year Core (80 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Bioinformatics And Functional Genomics BR31420

Conservation Genetics BR31810

Evolution Field Course BR32810

Semester 2

Biochemistry And Pharmacology BR31220

Gene Expression And Developmental Genetics BR33320

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually and in EITHER semester: choose your preferred language and semester

Both Semesters

Cyfathrebu Ymchwil BG31710

Communicating Research BR31710

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Traethawd Estynedig BG32300

Dissertation BR32300

Semester 2

Traethawd Estynedig BG32330

Dissertation BR32330


Career Prospects

Your BSc in Genetics opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. You will be a strong candidate for work as a research scientist, a clinical molecular geneticist, a nature conservation officer, a higher education lecturer or secondary school teacher. Some genetics graduates also undertake further training to become dentists, general practice doctors and science writers.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Genetics will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• research and data analysis skills
• enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• a thorough grounding in information technology skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

Throughout your training you will develop a wealth of skills that can be easily transferred into almost any graduate or professional employment situation. You will be able to gather, assimilate and interpret a wealth of information quickly and accurately, and you will be confident in selecting and deploying the most appropriate scientific methodology. You will also have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines.

Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

GO Wales
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.

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

Key Information Set

Key Facts

UCAS Code: C400

Tariff Required: 280 - 320

Entry Requirements: B in A level Biology/Human Biology, or C in Biology/Human Biology plus C in another relevant Science. GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh and Mathematics and a Science subject.

Course Length: 3 Years

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