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BSc Genetics with a Modern Language / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
BSc (Hons)
4 years
Typical A-level offer
Grades AAA-ABB.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

37-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in Biology and Chemistry at Higher Level.

For degrees with French, German, Spanish or Italian 5 or 6 points in the language must be achieved at Higher Level. For degrees with Mandarin or Japanese 5 points is required in a foreign language at Standard Level.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

650/4500 (Overall data for biological and biomedical sciences undergraduate courses at Manchester)

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

You should not usually apply for more than one of our biological and biomedical sciences courses. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.

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Course description

Genetics is of fundamental importance to all branches of modern biology, from evolutionary biology to medicine, and extends into many practical areas, such as biotechnology and agriculture. You will discover the principles of heredity and evolution and learn how we can map genes, and understand their function.

You will consider how the development of multi- cellular organisms can progress from a single cell through regulated courses of gene expression, and learn the detailed mechanisms by which genes can be switched on and off. You will understand how model organisms, such as the fruit fly and the mouse, are of enormous biomedical importance, and learn how our genetic make-up can predispose us to different diseases.

The human genome project has provided us with the sequence of the entire human genome and identified around 25,000 human genes. The challenge now is to understand the function of all these genes, determine how they cooperate to make us who we are, and to learn how we can best use this knowledge to improve human society.

More recently, the advent of low-cost next-generation DNA-sequencing technologies will provide a wealth of genetic information for many different organisms and many different people. Genetics will therefore play a key role in deciphering and utilising this wealth of information in the future.

The first year consists of compulsory units including biochemistry and cell biology, providing a basis for specialisation in the second and final years. The third year of this four year programme is the language placement year, during which students complete a project in a research institution in a country that speaks their chosen language. It is possible to study this programme with French, Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin or Japanese.

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.

Open days

We also operate campus tours, which are available most days. These are with a student ambassador who can tell you all about 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 biological and biomedical sciences. Family and friends are welcome too.

To book, please contact the Admissions Office on tel +44 (0)161 275 5032 or email


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.


No specific sponsorships are available for this course.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5032
+44 (0)161 275 5456
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Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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