Medical Genetics BSc

Entry Requirements


Why study Medical Genetics at Shrewsbury?

This course is for you if you:

  • have an interest in understanding genetic diseases
  • wish to study how evolution has impacted genetic disease
  • want to understand how we can manipulate genes or gene expression to cure genetic disease
  • want to contribute effectively to the debate on the ethics of genetic engineering.



During this course, you will:

  • help shape the future of genetic therapies
  • study genetics and evolution in the birthplace of Darwin, walk Darwin’s thinking path at The Mount while pondering how our environment interacts with our genes, and sit in the library where Darwin was schooled.

Please note, this course is also available with a Foundation Year.


Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

Year 1 (Level 4)

The first year provides a foundation for study in Years 2 and 3, and a comprehensive review of key concepts and skills for students with a range of backgrounds. You will gain the core discipline knowledge and competency within the laboratory environment, as well as essential practical techniques. Modules include:

  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Cell Biology, which will introduce you to the components of the cell, how they interact and how we can study them in action.
  • Molecules of Life, which introduces the basic building blocks of life: carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. It shows the importance of these molecules to the basic processes of the cell.
  • Infection and Immunity, which provides an introduction to microbiology and immunology. It describes the range of microbes that can affect human health and how the immune system responds to these organisms.
  • Human Physiology, which provides grounding in the principles of human physiology and the development of relevant practical skills.
  • Research Methods, which will introduce you to the scientific method, experimental design, and basic operations underlying both mathematical and statistical approaches to data preparation, analysis and presentation.

Year 2 (Level 5)

In Year 2, you will take modules that involve enhanced skills and study key concepts in greater detail, building on the foundations established in the first year. Many of the topics are extended in the third year. You will study the following modules:

  • Biology of Disease, which examines fundamental concepts of the etiology, pathology and epidemiology of human disease, which may be applied in further studies. It further develops appropriate laboratory skills and techniques.
  • Metabolic Regulation
  • Applied Molecular Biology, which aims to introduce aspects of molecular techniques used in current genetic research and in screening for diseases, and to develop your understanding of the major principles, concepts and skills in genetics through study at the cytological and molecular levels.
  • Human Genetics, which examines the types of human genetic disease and their molecular basis. Chromosomal abnormalities, single gene and multi-gene defects will be discussed with a focus on detection and treatment.
  • Microbiology
  • Applied Laboratory Skills, which provides an opportunity for you to apply the knowledge and skills you have gained during your degree studies to the work setting. You will work in a laboratory setting, completing a set of practicals each week of relevance to your individual interests.

Year 3 (Level 6)

The final-year modules integrate the key concepts addressed within the first and second year, and heighten awareness of current advances and practice in the discipline of their choice. You will complete a 40-credit Research Dissertation in your chosen discipline, and the following modules:

  • Gene Regulation
  • Host parasite interactions (optional)
  • Genetics and Ageing
  • Protein Interactions (optional)
  • Current Topics in Medical Genetics

How will I be taught?

Course delivery is a mixture of lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions and seminars.

Year 1 (Level 4) will be approximately 6 hours per week per module.

Year 2 (Level 5) will also be 6 hours per week per module, with the Work Based Learning module coming to about 200 hours over six weeks post exams.

Year 3 (Level 6) will be one hour per week for your dissertation, and 1.5 hours per week per remaining modules.



The assessment package for each module can include examination and coursework. The proportion of each will vary between modules, and the coursework may comprise a written report, a case study, a literature review, a poster or an oral presentation. The research dissertation will be assessed by the submission of a 4,000-word research paper.


As a graduate, you may be sought after as research scientist, or within sales by pharmaceutical companies. You will also be well placed for continuing in to postgraduate study, and suitable Masters Programmes are available through the University of Chester’s Institute of Medicine:

Entry Requirements

UCAS points

A minimum of 112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent including one of the following subjects at GCE A Level Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Science


BTEC Extended Diploma/BTEC Diploma (Applied Science) – DMM/D*D*


BBBB Biology or Chemistry

International Baccalaureate

26 points, including 5 or above in HL Chemistry or HL Biology


Access to HE (Science) Diploma, to include 45 credits at Level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit


OCR National Extended/Diploma: merit profile plus one of the GCE A level subjects listed above

Extra Information

A Level General Studies accepted; Welsh Baccalaureate accepted alongside A Levels/BTEC/OCRs

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