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. 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.
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.
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Year 4 (MSci only)
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include multiple choice tests, essays, reports or presentations. Coursework contributes approximately 40% and examinations approximately 60% to your final mark.
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).
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.
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.
King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.
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.