BSc Molecular Biology and Genetics (2020 Entry)


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After the enormous advances made in the last few years, this is the perfect time to study molecular biology and genetics. Studying this programme will give you a fundamental grounding in the study of biology whilst enabling you to decide which area of molecular biology or genetics best fits with your interests.
You’ll study alongside students from our other biology courses and will have the opportunity to decide how to shape your own degree to reflect the areas of biology you want to explore. This may include specialising medical genetics, biotechnology or agriculture as well as their application in fields such as microbial or plant molecular biology, cellular signalling, and evolutionary biology.
Whichever route you decide to pursue, this flexible programme of study will give you the chance to enjoy modules from across our diverse range of topics, taught by staff who are experts in their field.

Overview

The School of Biological Sciences brings a strong research-led ethos to every course we offer. More than 220 people within the School are actively involved in current research, with subjects ranging from the biochemical, molecular and cellular levels to ecological interactions and evolutionary processes. Some of our research focuses on understanding fundamental biological principles and some is applied research such as protein structure and microbial energetics, the study of human and plant diseases, and conservation biology. Our students benefit from our enviable position as an integral partner of the Norwich Research Park, which is also home to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and independent, world-renowned research institutes: the John Innes Centre, the Sainsbury Laboratory, the Earlham Institute and the new £75-million Quadram Institute.

Course Structure

This three-year degree programme allows you to develop your knowledge of biology in the first year, alongside your training in essential scientific methods and techniques. In your second year you will have the chance to specialise, selecting optional modules according to your own interests, and in the final year you will have the opportunity to undertake a substantial independent research project.

Year 1

Your first year of study gives you a thorough introduction to areas which are essential for all biologists and are fundamental to the study of life processes. You will also receive training in essential scientific methods and techniques, including applied maths and statistics.

Year 2

In your second year you will study core modules on molecular biology and genetics. However, the majority of your subject choices are optional, with up to seven modules to choose from. They cover a variety of subjects, from biochemistry to plant biology, allowing you to begin tailoring your degree according to your own interests.

Year 3

In your final year of study you will have the opportunity to undertake a substantial independent research project, as well as continuing to study a number of core modules. There is also a greater range of optional modules, allowing you to specialise further in subjects of particular interest to you.

Teaching and Learning

Our School is home to world-class academics and internationally recognised researchers. And we’re proud to say we have some of the best facilities in the country, including our fantastic undergraduate practical laboratories. The majority of your learning will take place in lectures, seminars, practical laboratory sessions and fieldwork, which will provide you with hands-on experience as well as invaluable contact time with lecturers. Our programme modules involve applied work in collecting, analysing and reviewing data, plus observations on biological processes, with a particular emphasis on the critical assessment of existing knowledge. Problem posing and solving skills are promoted through seminars and group discussions. And mathematical and statistical skills are a major focus of both semesters in the first year. Research design and analysis are brought together in your third year undergraduate dissertation project, which we encourage you to deliver as independently as possible.

Independent Study

You’ll have plenty of opportunities for independent study using our state-of-the-art University library, and you’ll be assigned an Academic Adviser who will provide you with guidance throughout.

Assessment

We use a range of assessment methods throughout the course to best reflect the subject matter in hand. These include formal examinations, project reports, course tests, practical and fieldwork reports, poster and oral presentations, essays and worksheets. The balance of coursework and examinations will vary in accordance with your module choices. For example, many of our modules are split 40% coursework, 60% examination, but a small number are 100% coursework.

After the course

Our courses don't just provide you with scientific knowledge; they also develop your skills in the areas of research and communication, IT, data collection, analytics and critical thinking. Our graduates have entered careers in pharmaceuticals, food and brewing industries, medical laboratories, forensic sciences, conservation management, environmental assessment, teaching, science communication and more. The School of Biological Sciences works together with UEA’s Careers Service to offer you support at every stage of your course, from choosing a career through to applying for graduate jobs and further study.

Career destinations

Example of careers that you could enter include:

  • Medical laboratories
  • Genetics
  • Teaching
  • Further study

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.

Course Modules 2020/1

Year 1U

Compulsory Modules (120 credits)

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-4001A

BIODIVERSITY

20

BIO-4002B

EVOLUTION, BEHAVIOUR AND ECOLOGY

20

BIO-4008Y

SKILLS FOR BIOLOGISTS

20

BIO-4015Y

CELL BIOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY

20

BIO-4017Y

BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY

20

BIO-4018Y

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS

20

 

Year 2U

Core Modules (40 credits)

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-5003B

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

20

BIO-5009A

GENETICS

20

 

 

Options Range A

Students will select 80 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-5002A

BIOCHEMISTRY

20

BIO-5004A

HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

20

BIO-5005B

CELL BIOLOGY

20

BIO-5006A

PLANT BIOLOGY

20

BIO-5008B

EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

20

BIO-5012Y

BIOLOGY IN SOCIETY

20

BIO-5015B

MICROBIOLOGY

20

 

Year 3U

Students must take BIO-6013A and BIO-6019Y or BIO-6023Y or BIO-6028Y (dependent on availability). Students may be moved from BIO-6019Y to BIO-6023Y, based on stage 2 results.

Core Modules (60 credits)

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-6019Y

RESEARCH PROJECT

40

BIO-6023Y

INTEGRATED LABORATORY RESEARCH PROJECT

40

BIO-6028Y

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION RESEARCH PROJECT

40

BIO-6013A

GENOMES, GENES AND GENOMICS

20

 

Options Range A

Students will select 0-60 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-6003A

CELLULAR SIGNALLING

20

BIO-6005B

MICROBIAL CELL BIOLOGY

20

BIO-6006B

CELL BIOLOGY AND MECHANISMS OF DISEASE

20

BIO-6009A

CANCER BIOLOGY

20

BIO-6010B

INFECTION AND IMMUNITY

20

BIO-6017A

EVOLUTION IN HEALTH AND DISEASE

20

 

Options Range B

Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-6001A

MOLECULAR ENZYMOLOGY IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE

20

BIO-6018Y

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

20

 

Options Range C

Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-6004A

MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY

20

BIO-6012A

EMBRYO DEVELOPMENT AND STEM CELL BIOLOGY

20

 

Options Range D

Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-6007B

MOLECULAR PLANT-MICROBE INTERACTIONS

20

BIO-6008B

EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION GENETCS

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB or ABC including Biology or Human Biology or BBC including grade B in Biology or Human Biology with an A in the Extended Project. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points with HL 5 in Biology.
  • Scottish Highers AABBB including grade B in Biology.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCC including Biology.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 2 subjects at H2 and 4 at H3, including Higher Level Biology.
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3 including 12 Level 3 credits in Biology.
  • BTEC DDM in Applied Science or Applied Science (Medical Science) or Animal Management with Science. Excluding Public Services, Forensic Science, Uniformed Services and Business Administration.
  • European Baccalaureate 70% overall, including 70% in Biology.

Entry Requirement

A-Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.

You are required to have English Language at a minimum of Grade C/4 or above and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above at GCSE.

If you do not meet the academic requirements for direct entry, you may be interested in one of our Foundation Year programmes.

 

Biological Sciences with a Foundation Year

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

 

 

 

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree: 

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September each year.

Alternative Qualifications

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

GCSE Offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

Course Open To

UK and Overseas applicants.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students 

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

Scholarships

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

    Next Steps

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