Molecular Genetics BSc (Hons)

School of Life Sciences

Learn about biology, evolution and life at the molecular level with routes into studying cancer and other degenerative diseases and molecular processes.

Start date
September 2024
4 or 3 years
Dundee City Campus

Molecular genetics is the study of genes at a molecular level. It's the study of their structure and function. Through this study, we see how they pass on information and how they make sure other processes in cells are regulated effectively.

Our Molecular Genetics BSc 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.

Throughout the duration of the course, you have the flexibility to pick modules that appeal to you, highlighting to future employers where your interests lie.

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

  • genetics
  • cell biology
  • 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.

At Levels 3 and 4, you’ll focus more on key aspects of molecular genetics and topics like advanced gene regulation and expression, before completing an in-depth research project around one chosen area of the current world-class research in Life Sciences.

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Professional accreditation

Royal Society of Biology

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology

Traineeships and internships

We offer a range of lab-based research traineeships and industry internships, as well as opportunities in other countries, all giving you invaluable experience and boosting your career opportunities.

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Louise Chapman
“The [summer internship] experience has cemented my love for working in the lab and desire to go onto further education. I developed confidence in a range of techniques, while having the great opportunity to work independently in the lab and enhance my skills. All of which will be essential for the future.”

Louise Chapman, BSc (Hons) Molecular Genetics student 2023/24

Julia Soh wearing a mask, standing over a table in the lab.
“There is a lot of flexibility in the course, allowing for one to choose from a myriad of subjects that may be of interest. I was able to curate my education to fit that of my aspirations. I worked on a project in the lab of Dr Sarah Colthurst - the entire lab was a friendly, supportive environment that felt like home. It was from this project that I had earnt the “Top project award” by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). I would not have been able to achieve this without them.”

Julia Soh, BSc (Hons) Molecular Genetics graduate 2022


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