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.
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