BSc (Hons) Genetics

Genetics degree requirements UK

Genetics knowledge and methodology affect our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of life in all living organisms, which in turn help with the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases; crime and forensics; and ecology and conservation.

You will undertake extensive laboratory training.

Biological Sciences at Glasgow is ranked first in Scotland (The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2015).

Year 1

You will be given a general introduction to all aspects of modern biology and encouraged to acquire general scientific skills.

Year 2

You will be introduced to the study of genetics, and to the biology of nucleic acids and proteins. You will also be able to choose from a wide range of other courses, including topics such as evolutionary biology.

Years 3, 4 and 5

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will develop an appreciation of the continuity of genetics, the classical foundations of molecular genetics and the application of both to understanding of populations and evolution.

During fourth year you will choose four advanced Honours option courses to study in greater depth and will also undertake an independent research project with one of the genetics research teams. Laboratory work and small-group teaching are important parts of the Honours programme, allowing you to develop problem-solving, group-working and communication skills.

You can take Genetics as an MSci, which includes an additional placement year, between the third and final years of the degree. This is normally spent doing research in industry or some other organisation such as a research institute
in the UK or overseas.

The list of available final-year optional courses is subject to change each year. In addition, places in optional courses may be limited so students are not guaranteed a place on a particular final-year option.

Our international links

You will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad. There are currently two options available: the Erasmus+ Programme and the International Exchange Programme. See Study abroad.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include one of either Biology, Human Biology or Chemistry.
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