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Course overview

Genetics and evolution lie at the heart of biology. Evolutionary principles give us an understanding of health and disease and how life may change in the future. The number of organisms that have been genome sequenced allows deeper probing of Darwin’s ideas – which have consequences in medicine, crop production, forensic analysis and zoo breeding.

  • Guildhall
3 Years

Why Study Genetics and Evolution with us?

Evolutionary principles can be used to give us a better understanding of health and disease, how life on earth has changed over time and how it may change in the future. The molecular advances made over the last 50 years have given us whole genome sequencing and the ability to genetically manipulate organisms. The increasing number of organisms that have been sequenced allow deeper probing of Darwin’s ideas and the 'Tree of Life' – which have consequences in fields as wide as medicine, crop production, forensic analysis and zoo breeding programmes.

This course is for you if you:

  • have an interest in how life on earth evolved
  • wish to study how evolution has shaped our environment
  • want to understand how we can manipulate genes or gene expression to improve crop production or 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 engineering
  • study genetics and evolution in the birthplace of Darwin, walk Darwin’s thinking path at The Mount while pondering how geology has shaped the evolution of life, and sit in the library where Darwin was schooled


Guildhall is nestled on the banks of the River Severn, and only a short walk from the winding streets of Shrewsbury.
First constructed in 2004, and renovated for the arrival of University Centre Shrewsbury in 2015, the Guildhall building is used as the main centre for teaching and learning and offers fresh, modern and open spaces for students to enjoy.
The building boasts brand-new computer suites, lecture and seminar rooms, open-plan laboratories, a spacious library, as well as a student common room, lounge, fitness suite, courtyard, and on-site café.

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Saturday 20th October

Open Day 2018

An event open to all, to find out about our range of full-time and part-time undergraduate courses.

  • Saturday 20th October
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