Genetics BSc Hons

Key information


Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered.

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, gene editing 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 pursue 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

405 Year One undergraduates in 2018

UK league tables

1st for Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology – (Guardian University Guide 2020)

Graduate prospects

95% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Report 2016/17)

National Student Survey

100% satisfaction for Genetics and Anatomy and Human Biology (National Student Survey 2017) and 91% satisfaction for Microbiology (National Student Survey 2017)

Why this subject?

Shape your study with real flexibility and choice

You will study in one of the largest Schools of Life Science in the UK, meaning you can shape your studies by choosing modules from across the entire spectrum of the life sciences. 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 will benefit from our excellent international reputation for research in growth areas such as the biotechnology, post-genomic, environmental and pharmaceutical industries.

Strengthen your employability through overseas study

Boost your future prospects 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

More than £30 million has recently been invested in our 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.