Molecular Biology and Genetics: University of Westminster

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BSc (Hons)
Molecular Biology and Genetics: University of Westminster, School of Biosciences, University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW, London, United Kingdom
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3 years full-time
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The Molecular Biology and Genetics course covers the rapidly expanding areas of molecular biology and genetics which have ever increasing impacts on modern life. For example, the findings of the Human Genome Project, which have been obtained using modern techniques of molecular biology, have changed our views on how human life is controlled. There is the potential to generate great benefits in improved healthcare provision. Applications beyond this include improvements in agriculture and the environment.

Course Content

The course begins with a broad based introduction covering the underpinning areas such as cell biology, biochemistry and microbiology that support molecular biology and genetics. These areas are then developed further and extend classical, medical and molecular genetics to show where molecular biology supports these. You will then specialise in expanding areas, such as bioinformatics and recent applications of molecular biology and genetics.

Teaching and Assessment

The course combines lecture, tutorial and practical laboratory elements. Formal exams are supported by continuous assessment.

Associated Careers

Graduates are well qualified to pursue a career in a variety of areas requiring specialist molecular knowledge. These include the fields of medicine, agriculture, biotechnology, forensic science, pharmaceuticals and environmental sciences. In addition, your skills portfolio will equip you for a career in teaching, management or sales. Further study and research may lead to an MSc, MPhil or PhD.

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels: CCD to include CC in Science subjects.
  • International Baccalaureate:  26 points to include a minimum of 5 in two Higher Level Science subjects.
  • BTEC National Diploma/Certificate:  MMP/DM in Science.
  • If you do not have the required entry qualifications you should consider the Foundation Course.

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