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Aberystwyth University

Genetics and Biochemistry

UCAS Code: CC47
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BSc (Hons) 4 years part-time 2017
Ucas points guide

Not Available

% applicants receiving offers

87%

Subjects
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry
Student score
85% MED
85% MED
% employed or in further study
90% LOW
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£16k LOW
£16k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

BBC-BBB Chemistry at grade B.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

DDM

International Baccalaureate
30

5 in Chemistry at higher level

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of Not Available and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

87%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,000

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

In choosing to study the Genetics and Biochemistry degree at Aberystwyth University you will work at the forefront of this exciting discipline. Genetics has almost limitless potential to help understand and treat genetic disease and develop new medicines. Additionally, you will explore genetically modified organisms and evaluate their benefit to humankind. Building upon a foundation that includes key genetics and biochemistry understanding you will soon start to specialise into genetics, human genetics, gene expression, pharmacology, and data handling. Upon successful completion of the Genetics and Biochemistry Degree you will have the skills and attributes necessary for diverse careers that include biomedicine, forensic science, DNA profiling, clinical cytogenetics, genetic counselling, and food production amongst others.

Modules

Year 1: Biology of the cell; genetics; animal diversity; biological molecules and methods; metabolism; molecular laboratory skills; chemical basis of biology. Options: (offered bilingual Welsh/English) Sgiliau Astudio A Chyfathrebu / study and communication skills; Llystyfiant Ac Ecosystemau / vegetation And ecosystems; Amrywiaeth Microbau / microbial diversity. Year 2: Applied molecular biology and bioinformatics; chromosome dynamics; molecular cell and cancer biology; proteins and enzymes; practical skills of biochemists. Options: (offered bilingual Welsh/English) dulliau Ymchwil / research methods; profiad gwaith / work experience. Year 3: Bioinformatics and functional genomics; gene expression and developmental genetics; data handling for biochemists; microbes in industry and research. Options: (offered bilingual Welsh/English) Cyfathrebu Ymchwil / communicating research; Traethawd Estynedig / dissertation; conservation genetics evolution; field course biochemistry and pharmacology.

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University has a proud history dating back to 1872 when it was established by the people of Wales as the first Welsh University. Despite continuing expansion both of buildings and of student numbers, Aberystwyth has retained its traditional friendly intimacies, its vigorous student social life, and its high academic standards.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
30%
70%

Year 1

21%
79%

Year 2

16%
84%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
55%
45%

Year 1

36%
64%

Year 2

31%
67%
2%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 81%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources

100%

Staff made the subject interesting

94%

Library resources are satisfactory

74%

Feedback on work has been helpful

63%

Feedback on work has been prompt

57%

Staff are good at explaining things

90%

Received sufficient advice and support

77%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
22% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
49% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
275 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
49% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 90% LOW
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

9%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

8%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

13%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Only a few hundred people take genetics courses every year and graduates from these courses are amongst the most likely to go on to do a doctorate when they graduate, as that's the level of qualification you need to go into a career in research. Lab jobs were the most popular outcome for genetics graduates, but whilst other science and technical occupations were also common, you could also find genetics graduates in a range of other roles, particularly business and finance.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 89%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources

93%

Staff made the subject interesting

93%

Library resources are satisfactory

86%

Feedback on work has been helpful

77%

Feedback on work has been prompt

66%

Staff are good at explaining things

95%

Received sufficient advice and support

88%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
21% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
37% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
311 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
78% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
2% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 94% MED
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

9%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

8%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

8%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Like some other biology-related courses, graduates of this subject had a difficult time in the recession and, although outcomes for these graduates appear to be improving, they are currently a bit worse than we would usually expect. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications, but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot of options. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are rather more likely than the average to start their career in London.
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