The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Genetics and Molecular Biology

Why choose this course?

The course aims to:

· explore the underlying theories of the fascinating science of genetics. It will provide practical experience of the major analytical techniques used in genetics and molecular biology, including gene cloning and expression, DNA sequence analysis and bioinformatics.

  • produce high quality graduates with the appropriate subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills for a wide range of careers in the research, industrial, health, educational and academic sectors.
  • enable you to develop your skills in scientific and critical thinking and to study independently.
  • enable you to acquire technical skills in the workplace and integrate the knowledge gained from the theoretical aspects of the course into the professional work environment. In the research project and the sandwich placement you will have the opportunity to work with our leading scientists on exciting and important work, for example in developing new approaches to cancer treatments, antimicrobial agents and DNA fingerprinting.

What happens on the course?

Year 1 introduces you to key aspects of animal, plant and microbial biology, as well as fundamental principles of biochemistry, cell biology and genetics. A key theme is in – depth practical work which gives you confidence in manipulating organisms, cells and molecules.

Year 2 explores the genetics and molecular biology of living cells in more depth, as well as the origins and evolution of life. It investigates how DNA has been used to solve crimes via DNA profiling and examines how the structure of protein relates to its function. All of this is supported by extensive practical experience, in particular in gene cloning and characterisation, and PCR, to equip you for the scientific workplace.

In Year 3, you can either undertake a work (sandwich) placement or progress directly to your final year. In the final year you are becoming an independent scientist. You will study advanced aspects of DNA sequence characterisation, including bioinformatics. The most important and enjoyable work of the final year is your research project. From a wide range of projects and supervisors you choose an exciting topic to research in the laboratory.

More detail on course content can be found in the GMB Course Guide

Your studies will be guided by academic staff with specialism in genetics and molecular biology, including among others; Dr Paul Hooley, Dr David Huen, Dr Mark Morris, Dr Michael Whitehead and Dr Takis Athanasopoulos

Why Wolverhampton?

The course has recently been awarded Society of Biology Recognition

Our Genetics and Molecular Biology graduates have excellent job prospects. According to Unistats.com, 70% of graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of leaving, with 60% finding “graduate level” jobs, placing us in the top 15 Universities for employability in this field.

You will be able to put theory into practice in our state-of-the-art laboratories located in a brand new £21m building, the Rosalind Franklin Science Centre designed for teaching and research at Wolverhampton.

Students have the opportunity to study via sandwich mode, taking a placement between the second and third years. The research undertaken can contribute towards your Honours project. The skills you acquire, along with the reference from an industrial supervisor can be a big advantage in securing employment upon graduation.

What our students think


“As a student from Manchester, The University of Wolverhampton was a really nice change. All of the staff were very helpful and encouraging and the atmosphere throughout the University is great! From first year right through to third year, we explored a wide range of scientific areas such as plant biotechnology and bioinformatics. I really enjoyed the final year project on DNA repair and mutations as it was a subject I had selected. There is also the chance to do an integrated masters and I will hopefully be returning for this because I love it here so much!”

“Studying Genetics and Molecular Biology has given me a greater understanding of how life works from the molecular scale to entire organisms. Lecturing staff with a wide range of specialties gave me the opportunity to broaden my knowledge base and introduced me to possible careers I hadn't considered.”

Career path

  • Graduates are in high demand across a range of scientific enterprises, for example, the multitude of genome projects have generated huge potential for rational drug design in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

· There is a growing demand for geneticists in the Health Service, in particular to run genetic counselling and diagnostics services in the coming personalised medicine revolution. Molecular methods are also used extensively in forensic science for the detection of crime, as well as in hospital diagnostics laboratories for disease diagnosis.

  • There is also the opportunity to study for a higher degree after you graduate , for example MSc Molecular Biology with Bioinformatics or MSc Medical Biotechnology or possibly to study a P.G.C.E. to gain qualified teacher status.

What skills will you gain?

You will be a clear thinking individual with a sound knowledge of the revolutionary changes in all aspects of human activities stimulated by the rapid growth of genetic information. You will have developed the skills to discover information for yourself and critically evaluate this in the light of your subject knowledge. You will be literate, numerate, equipped with a high level of IT skills and articulate, key employability skills. In addition you will have had experience of a range of analytical techniques that are directly related to the needs of employers.

Who accredits this course?

Recognised by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of associate membership.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time - * £11,475
Part time - *
2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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