What is the study of Genetics?

Genetics is the branch of biology that specifically looks at genes, and more broadly looks at heredity in living organisms.  Essentially it is the study of DNA and how genes encoded by DNA give rise to living organisms.  More recently, the field of genetics has evolved to help understand what happens when genes and their associated products do not function as designed, leading to various life limiting genetic disorders and cancers.

Medical Genetics is making an enormous impact in the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Knowledge obtained from sequencing the human genome is allowing researchers to understand the many diseases that have genetic components. Many medical doctors who become involved in research focus on genetic aspects of human health and disease.

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What careers are there in Genetics?

Throughout your studies you will develop skills and knowledge on a broad range of topics to prepare you for roles in a wide variety of professions. Career opportunities can be endless due to the way in which genetics underpins all biological life, therefore a genetics degree can make you highly competitive in many biological fields. 

At Swansea University, your ability to choose modules that suit you own personal interests in genetics allowing you to shape your degree. Our family of genetics degrees will give you access to a range of exciting careers, including academia, industrial research, pharmaceuticals, genetic counselling, medical writing and the food and beverage industries to name a few

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Pathways to Medicine makes a great 5th choice for your UCAS Application giving you the opportunity to secure a guaranteed interview for our Medicine Programme by the time you graduate.

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What is it like to study Genetics and Medical Genetics?

You can choose a 3-year BSc degree or, if you’re particularly interested in pursuing a research career, our 4-year MSci degree. If you choose Medical Genetics, you can also follow our Pathway to Medicine. By tailoring your studies, you can work towards the career you want and make your final year research project really count. 

We also offer a Biochemistry and Genetics joint honours degree, which allows you to study developments at the forefront of molecular biology research and its impact on human disease, demonstrating the overlapping principles of the biochemistry and genetics disciplines.

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Find out more information about each of our courses. On each course page you will find information on modules, entry requirements, teaching staff, tuition fees and how our Pathways to Medicine work.

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