Genetics with a Year in Industry BSc

Explore the genetic basis of cell function and disease on our BSc. This course spans human, plant and microbial genetics, genomics and molecular biology, and gives you the opportunity to do a year-long, paid work placement as part of your degree.

Our students have found placements at global pharmaceutical companies such as GSK, Pfizer and Unilever, but your placement doesn't have to be in the lab. You could apply your scientific knowledge outside of the bioscience industry in areas including market research, communications or business development. A placement is a great opportunity to test out a career path and many students are offered a graduate-level job at the end. You'll pay reduced fees for the year you're on placement and you'll still have the support you need from your tutor and the University.

During your time at Sheffield, you'll study the structure and expression of genes, inheritance and mutations and learn about the latest molecular techniques for modifying genes, including CRISPR. We'll introduce you to how modern genetics helps us to understand and treat a range of diseases, as well as tackle global challenges like food sustainability and security.

From your first year, you'll study modules that span the molecular biosciences covering genetics, biochemistry and molecular and cell biology. Alongside these modules, you'll have the freedom to explore complementary topics across the breadth of bioscience, such as microbiology, biomedicine, ecology, plant science and zoology, so you have the option to study genetics in greater depth, keep your interests broad or even switch to another degree programme within the biosciences.

No matter what modules you choose to study, you'll develop the practical laboratory and transferable skills that make our graduates attractive to employers including project management, problem solving, communication skills and data analysis.

We'll give you plenty of opportunities to apply your new skills and knowledge too. You'll be in the lab completing in-depth practicals across molecular genetics, DNA manipulation and protein structure analysis, and you'll get the chance to use cutting-edge equipment to run your own research projects in an area such as clinical diagnostics or brewing biotechnology.

Whether you choose to focus solely on genetics or study a range of topics across the molecular biosciences and beyond, your personal tutor will assist you in tailoring your degree to your interests and career goals.

If you want to study this course

BSc Award
Full-time Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

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Standard offer

Access Sheffield offer

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:

AAB

including Biology and a second science

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:

ABB

including Biology and a second science

A Levels + additional qualifications

| ABB, including Biology and a second science + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, including Biology and a second science + A in Core Maths

International Baccalaureate

| 34, with 6, 5 in Higher Level Biology and a second science

33, with 5 in Higher Level Biology and a second science

BTEC

| RQF: DDD in Applied Science (including modules in Applications of Inorganic Chemistry, Applications of Organic Chemistry and Practical Chemical Analysis, and no more than one of the following: Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis, Forensic Fire Investigation or Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation) + interview; QCF: DD in Applied Science + A at A Level in either Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology + interview

RQF: DDD in Applied Science (including modules in Applications of Inorganic Chemistry, Applications of Organic Chemistry and Practical Chemical Analysis, and no more than one of the following: Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis, Forensic Fire Investigation or Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation) + interview; QCF: DD in Applied Science + B at A Level in either Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology + interview

Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers

| AAABB + AB including Biology and a second science

AABBB + AB including Biology and a second science

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels

| B + AA in Biology and a second science

B + AB in Biology and a second science

Access to HE Diploma

| 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 credits at Distinction (to include Chemistry and Biology units) and 9 credits at Merit + interview

60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction (to include Chemistry and Biology units) and 15 credits at Merit + interview

Mature students - explore other routes for mature students

English language requirements | You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

Equivalent English language qualifications

Visa and immigration requirements

Other requirements

Second science subjects include Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology

GCSE Maths grade 6/B

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

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