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