BSc Molecular Biology / Overview
Year of entry: 2017
- Degree awarded
- BSc (Hons)
- 3 years
- Typical A-level offer
- Typical International Baccalaureate offer
37-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in Chemistry and one other science, normally Biology at Higher level.
- 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 the biological and biomedical sciences courses offered by The University of Manchester. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.
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.
The field underpins much of today's biological research, overlapping 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.
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.
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