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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Genetics
Student score
85% HIGH
% employed or in further study
93% LOW
Average graduate salary
£21k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

including biology plus one other science subject (chemistry preferred) A pass is required in science practical tests, if assessed separately

Scottish Highers

in combination with grades AA in Scottish Advanced Highers, to include Biology and a second science

Scottish Advanced Highers

including Biology and a second science subject. Offers made in combination with grades AABBB in the Scottish Highers

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

5/6 in biology and one other science, in any order, at Higher Level

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 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


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


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

This course is specially designed for students of genetics that wish to pursue a scientific career at the highest level, or engage in further research activity at postgraduate level. You will gain a core grounding of genetic principles such as gene action and evolution and cover the genetics of all living systems, from microbes to humans. You will then apply this knowledge in designing your own research project, and we will support you in tailoring it to suit your interests and aspirations in the field of genetics. Your learning and research will all take place in modern lecture theatres and laboratories, with a strong emphasis on practical application throughout.


Your first year will be a broad introduction to biology and genetics that introduces you to the biology of animals, plants and microbes, and the biochemical, evolutionary and genetic processes that underlie their biology. In the second year you will continue studying genes, genomes and chromosomes as well as experimental design and bioinformatics. The third year includes a practical research project, which will allow you to carry out your own genetic investigation. This will be complemented by a diverse range of modules covering topics such as cancer genetics, pathogens and evolution.

University of Nottingham

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How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 90%
Student score 85% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
27% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
66% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
32% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
427 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
71% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% 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 93% LOW
Average graduate salary £21k HIGH
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


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 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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