This degree focuses on the new genetic technologies which further our understanding of genetic mechanisms and gene expression in model organisms, plants and higher animals. In particular, there is the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of genetics and the basis of human genetic disease. During the programme, you will also train in laboratory techniques, experimental design, data analysis and presentation.
You may be offered the chance to take a year outside King's between your second and final year, working in an industrial or research establishment in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. This 'extramural' year provides relevant work experience, and often improves your choice of job opportunities after graduation.
ABOUT THE Molecular Genetics
Our molecular genetics graduates follow diverse career paths, matching the diversity of specialisation possible in your final year. Approximately a third pursue academic or industrial research, most undertaking postgraduate programmes; increasing numbers are now applying to graduate-entry medicine or dentistry degree programmes and many enter a variety of professional and business careers, some not directly within science but for which the basic skills of a rigorous scientific education are becoming increasingly attractive to employers. Recent graduates have found employment as…. • Commercial Underwriter, an insurance company • Researcher in Genetics, Institute of cancer research • Research Assistant, Imperial College london • Scientific Research Assistant, Wellcome trust
Teaching is delivered by a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory work that progresses from supporting your learning and adjustment to university life in the first year, to directing your own learning in the later years. After a Common Year One shared by all the biomedical science students, in the second year, you will study Human & Molecular Genetics, Gene Cloning Techniques, Molecular Biology, Protein Structure & Function and select some optional modules. In the third year you will specialise in molecular genetics and pursue laboratory and/or library-based projects in areas of current molecular genetics research.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
Assessment is usually by written examination at the end of each academic year, with increasing weight given to later years of study. First-year students have mid-sessional tests in most first-semester modules in January. Increasing importance is being given to coursework which takes the form of tutorials, workshops, essays, seminars and practical class reports.
Our modern, well-funded laboratories cater for the full range of programmes on offer. As a large multi-faculty university, we have excellent social and sporting facilities, but a key attraction is our central London location. Our three campuses along the River Thames are located in the cultural and social heart of the capital and offer our students the opportunity to explore art galleries, theatres, museums, markets, restaurants and cafés.
Year in industry/research You may be offered the chance to take an extramural year outside King's, between your second and final year, working in an industrial or research establishment in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. This greatly expands both your work and research experience, and often improves your choice of job opportunities after graduation.