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Swansea University

Medical Genetics

UCAS Code: C431

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-B,B,B

You must have good grades in Chemistry and Biology.

At least 24 Distinctions and 15 Merits in Level 3 Credits including Distinctions in ALL Biology and Chemistry modules.

Welsh Baccalaureate at equivalent grade is accepted in place of one A-Level (A2) (other than Chemistry or Biology).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33-32

Including good HL grades in Chemistry and Biology.

5 Higher subjects at min. H3 inc. Biology = H2 & Chemistry = H2

Distinction (D) in a relevant BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (6 units) is accepted in place of one A-Level (A2) (other than Chemistry or Biology).

Scottish Advanced Higher at equivalent grade is accepted in place of any A-Level (A2).

UCAS Tariff

120-136

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

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Medical genetics

Medical Genetics is making an enormous impact in the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Knowledge obtained from sequencing the human genome is allowing researchers to understand the many diseases that have genetic components. Many medical doctors who become involved in research focus on genetic aspects of human health and disease. The Medical Genetics course is intended for students who have studied both Biology and Chemistry to A-Level (or equivalent). This course will appeal to students who are enthusiastic about understanding molecular mechanisms of heredity and disease in humans. This degree will:
• give you experience of techniques for analysing gene expression, protein interactions, DNA structure and damage, image analysis of biomolecules and cells, and advanced computer analytical methods.
• prepare you for graduate training to be a doctor, dentist, or teacher, or for postgraduate or doctoral research.
• provide you with transferable skills, including team working, communication, presentation, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
In the final year, you will complete a research project under the guidance of a professional research scientist. By working as an independent researcher, you will develop effective project management skills and will be trained to design experiments and plan work programmes. The Medical Genetics degree provides excellent training for students who wish to undertake further study to become a medical doctor. Many of our students who decided to follow this career path have successfully gone on to study Graduate Entry Medicine at Swansea. This degree will prepare you for roles in a wide variety of professions, including the pharmaceutical industry, forensic science, and health-related areas. Our graduates have gone on to employment or further study in: university research, industrial research & development, clinical sciences, teaching, forensics, scientific management, medical sales, scientific publicity,
graduate-entry medicine.
SOME HIGHLIGHTS: *A progressive teaching and research environment with superb facilities for project work. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which compared all UK research, we received the highest score for our excellent research environment and were second highest for overall research quality.
*High levels of student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.
*Exceptional graduate employability in these subject areas.
*Located in one of the UK’s fastest growing Medical Schools teaching Graduate Entry Medicine (ranked 3rd in the UK). (Students are expected to provide their own lab coat and safety glasses for laboratory practical classes and project work. There will be an opportunity to obtain these after arrival at Swansea. A reading list will be made available before the course begins to all applicants holding offers of places.)

Modules

Students study 120 credits per year made up of modules of 10, 20 or more credits. For the latest info, visit our website [ http://www.swan.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/medicine/bscmedicalgenetics/ ] and look under Description for a spreadsheet comparing the modules available & links to further details from the module catalogue.

Assessment methods

A wide variety of assessment methods is used in addition to the more traditional written exams, essays, lab reports and project dissertations. Students may undertake coursework such as: online web assignments, online problem solving, poster production, talks, slide presentations, screencasts, and literature reviews. Some of these tasks develop groupwork skills.

The Uni


Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

Genetics

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
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Medical genetics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Genetics

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
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328

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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.

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Average annual salary
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Employed or in further education
100%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

9%
Leisure and travel services
7%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
7%
Administrative occupations: government and related organisations
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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biological and sport sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£15k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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