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Molecular Genetics BSc

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Overview

The Molecular Genetics BSc at King’s is a multidisciplinary degree programme focuses on the advances in the field of biology that studies structure and functions of genes and chromosomes in order to understand the processes and mechanisms of life from molecules to cells and organisms. This is also useful in study of developmental biology and aging, and in understanding and treating genetic diseases. The course covers the broad range of genetics from the molecular basis of genes and genomes to evolutionary and ecological genetics. As an expanding research area, Molecular Genetics contains many topics about our life, health and wellbeing and many issues of wide relevance for today’s society.

Key benefits:

  • Europe's largest centre for medical and professional healthcare education

  • Close links with the Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospitals NHS Trust Clinical Genetics service

  • State-of-the-art research facilities such as the Biomedical Research Centre’s Genomics Core Facility

  • Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and researchers

  • One of the UK’s best graduate employment rates

  • Contemporary approach based on our history of pioneering discoveries – including our part in finding the structure of DNA

  • Flexible options to tailor your degree through overseas study, work placement or to switch to a four-year MSci

Key information

UCAS code C400

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Molecular Genetics School of Basic & Medical Biosciences

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Description

The Molecular Genetics course is continually evolving in the light of advances in the field, and reflecting the rapid rate of conceptual and technological development. The course provides knowledge and training in understanding how genetic information influences the processes of life in healthy and diseased organisms. This degree focuses on the new genetic methods and technologies that advance our understanding of mechanisms of life. You will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of genetics and the basis of human genetic disease as well as a wide variety of other disciplines including biochemistry, cell biology, molecular imaging, systems biology, bioinformatics neuroscience and psychology. During the course, you will also train in modern laboratory techniques, experimental design, data analysis and presentation.

This course forms part of the suite of ‘Common Year 1’ courses within the School of Bioscience Education. These comprise Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology; Biochemistry; Biomedical Science; Medical Physiology; Molecular Genetics; Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics. Once you have successfully completed year one, you can choose to switch to any other course within this suite.

In Year 2 you may also choose to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, or to undertake an extra-mural or work placement, usually at a leading biomedicine employer.

Alternatively, after the ‘Common Year 1’ course, you can apply to transfer to one of our four-year MSci courses: Biochemistry MSci; Molecular Genetics MSci; Neuroscience MSci; or Integrated Pharmacology & Physiology for Research MSci.

Teaching

Teaching on this course takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through practical laboratory work. The rest of your time will be spent on self-study, including reading, research and writing assignments.

Course stage  Percentage of time in scheduled learning & teaching activities 

Percentage of time in guided independent study 

Percentage of time on placements 

Year 1 

25%  75%  -

Year 2 

30% 70%  -

Year 3 

41% 59%  -

Year 4 (MSci only)

55% 45%   -

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, examinations and practical observation.

Course stage    Percentage of assessment by written exams 

Percentage of assessment by practical exams 

Percentage of assessment by coursework 

Year 1 

 

78% 5% 17%

Year 2

 

68% 4% 28%

Year 3

 

49%   - 51%

Year 4 (MSci only) 

 - 18% 82%

If you choose an extra-mural placement this will be assessed through a written dissertation and a poster presentation which will be deemed equivalent to 60 credits at Level 6 (the normal level of Year 3 study).

Studying Abroad

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for your second year at one of our partner universities, which currently include:

  • The University of Melbourne, Australia

  •  The University of California

  • The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

You may be required to fulfil additional entry requirements for this option.

 Extra-Mural Year

Alternatively, you may apply for an extra-mural year, to be taken between the second and third years if selected. Students apply directly to placement providers through a process facilitated by the university. Placements, either in the UK or overseas, may be in a pharmaceutical company, a government research establishment or academic research institute. 

Course accreditation

In recognition of its focus on research and academic excellence, our Molecular Genetics with extra- mural year BSc has been given Degree Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Graduates of an accredited course can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Member (MRSB) level after just one year of practice, rather than the usual three years. This will allow you to attain the qualifications of Chartered Biologist or Chartered Scientist two years earlier than graduates from other degree courses.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses, both on the South Bank of the Thames, putting you at the heart of everything London has to offer in terms of academic resources and also close to its social and entertainment attractions.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 360 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Biochemistry (15 credits)

  • Chemistry for the Biosciences (15 credits)

  • Genetics & Molecular Biology (15 credits)

  • Cell Biology & Neuroscience (15 credits)

  • Fundamentals of Physiology & Anatomy (30 credits)

  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology (15 credits)

  • Skills for the Biosciences (15 credits)

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Year 2

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for your second year at one of our partner universities. See the course description for a list of partner universities.
Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Gene Cloning & Expression A (15 credits)

  • Gene Cloning & Expression B (Molecular Biology Research Methods) (15 credits)

  • Human & Molecular Genetics A/B (30 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 60 further credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Immune System in Health & Disease (15 credits)

  • Protein Structure & Function (15 credits)

  • Cell Biology A (15 credits)

  • Cell Biology B (15 credits)

  • Essentials of Embryology (15 credits)

  • Social Impact of the Biosciences (15 credits)

  • Medical Microbiology (15 credits)

  • Principles of Bioinformatics (15 credits)

  • Drugs & Disease A (15 credits)

  • Psychology (15 credits)

  • Neuroscience (30 credits)

  • A modern language (15 credits)

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for your second year at one of our partner universities, or take an extra-mural year. See the course description for more information. 

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Year 3

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Molecular Genetics of Model Organisms (15 credits)

  • Advanced Molecular Genetics (15 credits)

You are also required to take one of the following:

  • Extended Research Project in Molecular Genetics (45 credits) or

  • Molecular Biology Practical Project (30 credits)

And one of the following:

  • Molecular Genetics Library Project A (15 credits) or

  • Molecular Genetics Library Project B (15 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, you will take 45 credits from a range of options, which may typically include:

  • Molecular Basis of Human Disease (15 credits)

  • Biology of Cancer (30 credits)

  • Biomedical Diagnostics (15 credits)

  • Complex Disease Genetics (15 credits)

  • Cancer Genetics (15 credits)

  • Epigenetics (15 credits)

  • Forensic Genetics & Toxicology (15 credits)

  • Immunology of Human Disease (15 credits)

  • Medical Genetics (15 credits)

  • Principles of Epidemiology (15 credits)

  • Protein Structure & Design (15 credits)

  • A Modern Language (15 credits)

During Year 3 you can apply to transfer to the four-year MSci Molecular Genetics. In Year 4 you have the opportunity to undertake a six month research project within a research group at the University and to take modules that introduce you to research.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates. 

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

A-Level 

AAB

including Chemistry and Biology 

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer. 

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

D: 33 credits (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology)

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Science (or similar subject) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining 12 Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U

D3 D3 M2

including Chemistry and Biology.

 Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

Please note that Global Perspectives is not accepted as one of your Pre-U subjects.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.

Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB in Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Highers

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate  35 points including 6,6,5 at Higher Level with HL Chemistry and HL Biology. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities: We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities: We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

General: We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricular activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No. We only interview applicants if we feel the need to gather more information about their educational background and how it has prepared them for study at King’s.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS form. 
What form does it take? Interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes and are Chaired by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of academic staff. 
What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored. 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £25,500 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

While students are on a study abroad or extra-mural year, King’s will continue to invoice students for a proportion of King’s tuition fees.
At present these are as follows:

  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.

  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King’s tuition fees for the year.You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies

  • College approved calculator for exams (Casio fx83 or fx85)

  • Library fees and fines 

  • Personal photocopies 

  • Printing course handouts 

  • Society membership fees 

  • Stationery 

  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

  • Graduation costs

Please visit our fees and funding pages for further information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Graduates from the School of Bioscience Education are equipped with a variety of transferable skills including data gathering, analysis and interpretation, presentation skills and teamwork. Our graduates are well-qualified to undertake a wide range of careers or training for a higher degree such as an MSc or PhD.

A degree in Molecular Genetics opens the door to many career options. Graduates are in great demand in the pharmaceutical, agricultural, food, biotechnology and healthcare industries, or in the marketing, sales and management areas.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

  • Research Project Co-ordinators

  • Company Managers

  • Business Analysts

  • Scientific Copy Editors

Students have gone on to further study in molecular genetics whilst others have continued to study in medicine, dentistry and other related fields including genomic medicine, cardiovascular pharmacology and biomedical research.

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