Molecular Biology (with a year in industry) BSc (Hons)

School of Life Sciences

This course comes with the opportunity to complete a 12-month placement in industry complementing your Molecular Biology studies with on-the-job experience.

Start date
September 2024
5 or 4 years
Dundee City Campus

Molecular biology studies the structure and activity of macro-molecules essential to life.

It looks at how macro-molecules like proteins and nucleic acids can help solve biological problems.

This allows us to test biochemical theories on a small, controlled scale. From there, they can be adapted into real-world solutions.

Our course curriculum is shaped by the work of our world-leading researchers to make sure you’re learning the latest advances. This will also help you gain an understanding of the fundamentals of the field.

This course also allows you to spend a year working in industry, for example, in a commercial laboratory. This allows you to gain real-world skills and improve your CV. It also presents you with the opportunity to network and build relationships. These are all things that could have a positive impact on your career upon graduating from university.

At Levels 1 and 2, you’ll study a range of life sciences topics such as:

  • evolution
  • biological organisation
  • molecular mechanisms and processes

You will develop your practical skills such as laboratory skills, data analysis, and experiment design. This will prepare you for designing and carrying out projects later in your course.

You’ll then focus on areas such as microbiology and gene regulation and expression at Levels 3 and 4. This will allow you to gain a strong understanding of key theories, from the molecular level right up to full body systems. This will help you understand the field as a whole. You have the flexibility to pick modules that appeal to you, highlighting to future employers where your interests lie.

The year in industry will occur between levels 3 and 4. We will support you to find a suitable placement, however if a placement is not found, you will have the opportunity to transfer to the standard four year course.

Professional accreditation

Royal Society of Biology

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology

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