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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Genetics

Programme code:BS-GENEUCAS code:C400
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Andrew Cuming Contact

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

- A-level: AAA - AAB
- Including Biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. If Biology is the only science subject then an A grade is required. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
- We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science-related subjects: computing, environmental science, food science, geography, geology, PE, psychology, science in society, statistics, use of mathematics.
- Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.
International Baccalaureate: 35-34 (with 18-17 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Biological Sciences Undergraduate School

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Biological Sciences Undergraduate School: Biology

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:


Programme specification:

The subject of genetics is highly topical with the development of rapid and inexpensive whole genome sequencing driving advances being made in the medical sphere. The Genetics programme aims to demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the processes of the transmission and expression of genetic information, and its variation in space (across populations) and in time (through evolution); the techniques, at the whole organism, microscopic, and molecular levels, by which this understanding has been reached and may be extended in the future and the economic and social potential of present genetic knowledge and its future development.

The Level one core curriculum exposes students to the fundamentals of Biology. Programme-specific core topics are covered at level 2 preparing for research-led subject specialist modules at level 3. A Leeds Genetics graduate therefore is trained to appreciate how research informs teaching, according to the University and School Mission statements. The extent and diversity of Genetics at Leeds, coupled with the medical input from clinical colleagues at St James' hospital and the LGI offers extensive choice.

Core practical and IT skills are taught at level 1 in specific modules, ensuring that all students are prepared similarly. At level 2, practicals are embedded in lecture modules to aid comprehension. At level 3, the research project includes practical work or data analysis and a range of alternatives to laboratory work are included, eg bioinformatics, computing, field work, re-working statistical data, interaction with schools etc. Supervisors are members of the Genetics programme team or else have appropriate expertise (for example in Clinical Genetics).

Academic tutorials are offered at levels 1 and 2 with the same tutor, who is also the personal tutor, providing continuity and progressive guidance. The tutor is a part of the genetics programme team and actively involved in genetics research. Levels 1 and 2 tutorials include a number of workshops to teach skills eg library use, presentation skills etc. followed by assessed exercises e.g. essays, talks etc. as opportunities to practice these skills in a subject-specific context.

International years and Industrial placements are also offered and individual needs are discussed with the appropriate tutor and accommodated wherever possible.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BLGY1125Biology Practicals and Data Analysis20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY1128Living Planet20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY1232Introduction to Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1234Practical Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1306Research and Study Skills Level 110 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FOBS1135The Basis of Life20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Students must select at least 20 credits of optional modules.

BIOL1223Career and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL1225How can Biological Sciences change the world10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1211Applied Biology and Agriculture10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1238Exploring Whole Organism Biology in the Lab and Field10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1300Coastal and Upland Habitats Field Course10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC1212Introduction to Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 2
MICR1202The Microbial World10 creditsSemester 2

Students who select BLGY1238 must also select BLGY1211.

Discovery modules:

Students may select upto 10 credits of discovery modules.

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BIOL2112Genes and Genomes20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2132Advanced Practical Skills for Genetics10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2163How Plants Work10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2201Introduction to Bioinformatics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2262Animal Developmental Biology10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2296Human Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2303Research and Study Skills Level 210 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 30 credits from the following modules.

BIOL2210Biological Membranes and Cell Signalling10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL2211Human Diseases10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL2223Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2175Human Populations10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2223Organismal Evolution
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3245
10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2225Sustainable Food Production10 creditsSemester 2
FOBS2240Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2120Cell Biology of Disease10 creditsSemester 1
MICR2121Molecular Virology10 creditsSemester 1
MICR2221Medical Immunology10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose up to 10 credits of discovery modules.

Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study 80 credits of modules.

BLGY3110Applied Genetics20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3152Advanced Topics in Human Genetics20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3345Biology Integrated Research Projects40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates must select 40 credits of optional modules:

BIOL3215Cancer Biology20 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3205Applied Plant Science10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3245Advanced Topics in Evolution20 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3246Evolution and Population Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3251Animal Developmental Biology10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3252Plant Developmental Biology10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3291Comparative Genomics10 creditsSemester 2
MICR3211Advanced Topics in Microbiology 220 creditsSemester 2
MICR3212Advanced Topics in Microbiology 320 creditsSemester 2

Students can choose either MICR3211 or MICR3212, but not both. Students must have the appropriate pre-requisite Level 1 & 2 modules in Microbiology/ Virology and obtain the approval of the Genetics and Microbiology programme leaders. Students can not take both MICR3212 and BIOL3215.

Last updated: 21/05/2019


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