Genetics Studies in UK

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What you'll study

Year 1

Whether you see yourself as a specialist or a general biologist, it is our philosophy that a sound grounding in all aspects of biology is essential. The first year is an introduction to the main areas of modern biology, and lays the foundation for specialized study in the second and final years. At the end of the first year, many students attend a highly popular field course in marine biology, held at Millport off the west coast of Scotland.

Year 2

In the second year you begin to focus on your areas of interest, extending your knowledge and deepening your understanding through your choice of modules and tutorials. Students choose from a range of modules and complement these choices with a range of core modules that include tutorials, a group research project, and practical skills options.

Optional Year Away

Students on 4-year programmes spend this year studying in Europe or working in industry.

Final Year
The 20 week research project is your opportunity to work with one of our many research groups and gain hands-on research experience. Based on the research and practical skills gained during years 1 and 2, you will choose a unique project, and carry this out independently with supervision by academic staff. Your research work is complemented by a choice of six specialist modules and research skills tutorials.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct;
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work;
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts;
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.
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