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Molecular Biology with Industrial/Professional Experience (4 Years) [BSc]

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UCAS course code
UCAS institution code
Degree awarded
BSc (Hons)
4 years
Number of places/applicants
Data not available.
Typical A-level offer
Typical International Baccalaureate offer
37-33 points overall including 5 or 6 points in Chemistry and one other science at Higher Level.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

You should not usually apply for more than one of the programmes offered by the Faculty of Life Sciences. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.

Course description

Molecular biology is the study of the structure and function of biologically important molecules including DNA, RNA and proteins and the molecular events that govern cell function. Molecular biology underpins much of today's biological research. It overlaps with biochemistry, genetics and cell biology, and the structure of our degree course reflects this.

Over the last decade, recombinant DNA technology has allowed molecular biologists to make enormous advances in our understanding of how fundamental biological processes operate, by analysing, manipulating and controlling genes and proteins. This has culminated in the completion of several large genome projects that are changing the face of modern biology, especially in areas of medicine, agriculture and biotechnology. We are starting to understand the molecular basis of illnesses such as cancer and inherited diseases, and in some cases, they can be treated using genetic tools. Genetic manipulation in biotechnology enables the manufacture of such valuable products as blood clotting factors, insulin and vaccines. Our course gives you an understanding of these areas and practical experience in experimental approaches used in the laboratory. 

You will study fundamental principles in your first year before going on to study more specialised topics in your second and final year. You will spend your third year on a placement with one of our partner organisations in the UK or overseas.

This programme has been accredited by the Society of Biology. Accreditation is awarded to programmes that demonstrate the highest standards in the biosciences and provide graduates with the skills for academic and industry careers.


Open days

The University runs several open days per year, in which Life Sciences take part.

Open days

The Faculty of Life Sciences also operates Faculty/campus tours which are available most days. These are with a student ambassador who will can tell you all about the Faculty and life at The University of Manchester. It may also be possible to meet with admissions staff (subject to staff availability). These tours are open to anybody thinking of applying to us for any of the Life Sciences. Family and friends are welcome too.To book, please contact the Faculty of Life Sciences Admissions Office on tel +44 (0)161 275 5032 or email


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2016 will be £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £20,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.


No specific sponsorships are available for this course.

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Faculty of Life Sciences

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Life Sciences
0161 275 5032
0161 275 5456
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