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King's College London, University of London

Molecular Genetics

UCAS Code: C401

Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. Must include Chemistry and Biology. NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects

Access to HE Diploma

D:36,M:9,P:0

Access to Science (or similar subject). Level 3 study must include at least 15 credits in Chemistry and at least 15 credits in Biology.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

Please note that Global Perspectives is not accepted by King’s as one of your Pre-U Principal subjects. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered. Must include Chemistry and Biology

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

including 6,6,6 at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. Must include Chemistry and Biology at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2

Must include Chemistry and Biology

Please see our online prospectus for further details on our BTEC entry requirements.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A

Must be combined with three Scottish Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject. Must include Chemistry and Biology

Scottish Higher

A,A,B

Must be combined with two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject

UCAS Tariff

93-144

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

57%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Molecular genetics

The Molecular Genetics degree course provides knowledge and training in understanding how genetic information influences the processes of life in healthy and diseased organisms.

This degree focuses on the new genetic technologies that advance our understanding of genetic mechanisms and gene expression in model organisms, plants and higher animals. You will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of genetics and the basis of human genetic disease. During the course, you will also train in laboratory techniques, experimental design, data analysis and presentation.

This course forms part of the suite of ‘Common Year one’ courses within the School of Bioscience Education. These comprise Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology; Biochemistry; Biomedical Science; Medical Physiology; Molecular Genetics; Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics. Once you have successfully completed year one, you can choose to switch to any other course within this suite.

In year two you may also choose to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, or to undertake an extra-mural or work placement, usually at a leading biomedicine employer.

Alternatively, after the ‘Common Year 1’ course, you can apply to transfer to one of our four-year MSci courses: Biochemistry MSci; Molecular Genetics MSci; Neuroscience MSci; Pharmacology MSci; or Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research MSci.

Teaching

Teaching on this course takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through practical laboratory work. The rest of your time will be spent on self-study, including reading, research and writing assignments.

Study abroad

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for your second year at one of our partner universities, which currently include:

The University of Melbourne, Australia
The University of California
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
You may be required to fulfil additional entry requirements for this option.

Extra-mural Year

Alternatively, you may apply for an extra-mural year, to be taken between the second and third years if selected. Students apply directly to placement providers through a process facilitated by the university. Placements, either in the UK or overseas, may be in a pharmaceutical company, a government research establishment or academic research institute. Courses incorporating the extra-mural year are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

Course accreditation

In recognition of its focus on research and academic excellence, our Molecular Genetics with extra-mural year BSc has been given Degree Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Graduates of an accredited course can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Member (MRSB) level after just one year of practice, rather than the usual three years. This will allow you to attain the qualifications of Chartered Biologist or Chartered Scientist two years earlier than graduates from other degree courses.

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses, both on the South Bank of the Thames, putting you at the heart of everything London has to offer in terms of academic resources and also close to its social and entertainment attractions.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

King's College London, University of London

Department:

Molecular Genetics

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Genetics

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

60%
UK students
40%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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A
A

After graduation


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Genetics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,600
high
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Science, engineering and production technicians
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Natural and social science professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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 in this important and fast-moving field. 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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