Genetics is at the cutting edge of modern biology and the fast pace of major new developments has made genetics an exciting field of study.
Recent developments in genomics and biotechnology in particular, have led to huge advances in the fields of personalised medicine and genetic engineering; areas that have the potential to revolutionise how we treat and think about disease, how we produce crops and manufacture new biological materials. In short, modern genetics underpins all of biology. Whether your interests lie in medicine, cancer biology, evolution, biotechnology, plant genetics and food security or molecular biology, genetics has something to offer you.
Programme in detail
Our degree programme aims to give you an appreciation of the full range of genetics while also allowing you to peruse areas of specific interest. During the course of your degree you will study modules in human and clinical genetics, gene expression and development, evolutionary genetics and biotechnology and will also have the opportunity to select from a wide range of optional modules. You will be taught by members of staff who are at the forefront of medical genetics, plant genetics, evolutionary genetics and genomics and also by visiting experts in fields such as forensics.
The programme is taught by a mixture of lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory courses, culminating in an extended research project in your third year. This is your chance to study an area of cutting edge genetics in depth, while getting a real taste of life in an active research environment.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
367 Year One undergraduates in 2016
UK league tables
92% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Report 2014/15)
National Student Survey
• 93% average satisfaction for our programmes (National Student Survey 2016)
• 95% or higher overall satisfaction for Anatomy and Human Biology, Bioveterinary Science, Human Physiology, Pharmacology (National Student Survey 2016)
Why this subject?
Shape your study with real ﬂexibility and choice
You’ll study in one of the largest Schools of Life Science in the UK drawing on over 100 years of teaching and research experience, meaning you can shape your studies by choosing modules from across the entire spectrum of the life sciences; a breadth of choice unique in the UK. You’ll also enjoy links to our Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Enjoy excellent career prospects
You’ll benefit from our excellent international reputation for research in growth areas such as the biotechnology, post-genomic and pharmaceutical industries. 92% of our recent graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation.
Strengthen your employability through overseas study
Give your future employability a further boost by choosing to study or take part in field courses abroad. Our networks stretch as far afield as Uganda, Thailand and China.
Work in leading-edge facilities
Life science is at the leading-edge of science, so our facilities are too. Over £30 million has recently been invested in the School’s facilities, such as our Biology Teaching Centre, the state-of-the-art Biosciences Building, the Biomedical Sciences Building and the Human Anatomy Resource Centre. This ensures your studies are fully supported by the very best in teaching and research equipment.