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Medical Genetics

Entry Year: 2021

3 study options

Medical Genetics BSc (Hons)

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Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
C431
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBC including B or above in Biology.
IB: HL 30 points / 555 at Higher Level including 5 or above in HL Biology.
BTECs are not accepted for this course
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Biological Sciences with Foundation BSc (Hons)

Closed

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
CCX2
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements
This course is not available in clearing
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,250
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Medical Genetics with Year Abroad BSc (Hons)

Available

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
C43Y
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBC including B or above in Biology.
IB: HL 30 points / 555 at Higher Level including 5 or above in HL Biology.
BTECs are not accepted for this course
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Overview

Cutting-edge genetics research is leading a revolution in medicine.

Our Medical Genetics programme, taught jointly by Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, is a unique opportunity to study medical topics within the context of classical, chromosomal, population and molecular genetics.

You’ll build a strong scientific understanding of the genetic and molecular basis of human health, development and disease, and explore the evolution of diseases within human populations. You’ll study the mitochondrial and human genomes in depth and be introduced to medical research, genetic counselling and bioethics.

In the final year you have the chance to design your own project, supervised by our experts, developing the skills to become a researcher in your own right.

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Structure

You can complete your Medical Genetics degree in three or four years. If you choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 3, and the Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 0

Foundation

One Year-long double module allocated based on previous maths qualifications:

  • Mathematics A  or
  • Mathematics B

Semester 1

Compulsory

  • Communication in Science & Technology
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Form and Function in Biology

Semester 2

Compulsory

  • Molecules to Cells
  • Diversity and Ecology
  • A Closer Look at Chemistry

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 1

  • Basic Biochemistry
  • Cells
  • Essential Skills for Biologists
  • Evolution
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Practical Biology
  • Practical Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Physiology
  • Tissue Biology

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Genes and Bioinformatics
  • Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics
  • Research Methods and Communication
  • Human Genetic Disorders

Choose four from

  • Basic Immunology
  • Comparative and Integrative Physiology
  • Biomedical Pharmacology
  • Metabolic Pathways
  • Microbial Physiology and Growth

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Advanced Human Genetic Disorders
  • Functional Genomics and Epigenetics
  • Professional Skills and Development for Biologists

Choose one from

  • Biological Sciences Research Project
  • Project Skills in the Life Sciences
  • Project: Engaging the Public with Science

Choose three from

  • Infectious Disease Biology
  • Population and Chromosome Genetics
  • Endocrine Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Molecular Basis of Personalised Medicine
  • Cancer Biology
  • Advanced Immunology
  • Biomedical neuroscience
  • Reproductive & Developmental Biology

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Medical Genetics BSc with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

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Testimonial

Studying Medical Genetics has always been a passion of mine and Queen Mary was the ideal university to pursue my passion in understanding genetic based concepts and developing my personality.

Mariam Hafidh Abbas, Medical Genetics (2020)

Teaching

Teaching and learning

We use a mixture of teaching styles - lectures, tutorials, classroom activities and laboratory work.

Outside of classes, you’ll need to spend 20 to 25 hours per week preparing, writing up and reading.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by written examinations and coursework (practical reports, field course reports, essays, problem sheets, online exercises and tests).

Final-year students undertake a research or investigative project, assessed with a detailed written report, poster and interview.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • newly refurbished lecture theatres
  • up-to-date IT facilities
  • modern, well-equipped labs.

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Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

The Medical Genetics programme will prepare you for careers in medical research, the pharmaceutical industry and health sciences.

Many of our students go into scientific roles such as clinical and laboratory work, postgraduate study or science communication. Others transfer their skills into sectors such as marketing and finance.

93 per cent of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (HESA GOS 2017/18).

Recent Medical Genetics graduates have been hired by:

  • Genomics England
  • Institute of Cancer Research
  • Public Health England
  • the NHS.

Career support

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has a careers consultant, who can offer specialist advice and organise subject-specific events. We also have a dedicated internships coordinator.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

Unistats data for these courses

Medical Genetics - BSc (Hons)

Biological Sciences with Foundation - BSc (Hons)

Medical Genetics with Year Abroad - BSc (Hons)

About the School

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is a large and dynamic school with strong links to industry. We offer a stimulating and supportive learning experience.

You’ll experience inspirational teaching from high-calibre staff who are leaders in their field. According to the Research Excellence Framework, 87 per cent of our chemistry and 82 per cent of our biology research is either world-leading or internationally excellent. You’ll stay up to date with weekly departmental seminars on new research findings.

Thanks to our close teaching and research links, students have special opportunities for original investigative work with the Natural History Museum, ZSL London Zoo, Forest Enterprise and University of London’s Marine Biological Station at Millport in Scotland.

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