Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Genetics and Molecular Biology with Sandwich placement

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code C4C8
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Sandwich
  • Course Length Sandwich (4 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Why choose this course?


The course aims to:
·         explore the underlying theories of the fascinating science of genetics. It will provide practical experience of the major analytical techniques used in genetics and molecular biology, including gene cloning and expression, DNA sequence analysis and bioinformatics.
  • produce high quality graduates with the appropriate subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills for a wide range of careers in the research, industrial, health, educational and academic sectors.
  • enable you to develop your skills in scientific and critical thinking and to study independently.
  • enable you to acquire technical skills in the workplace and integrate the knowledge gained from the theoretical aspects of the course into the professional work environment. In the research project and the sandwich placement you will have the opportunity to work with our leading scientists on exciting and important work, for example in developing new approaches to cancer treatments, antimicrobial agents and DNA fingerprinting.

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What happens on the course?


Year 1 introduces you to key aspects of animal, plant and microbial biology, as well as fundamental principles of biochemistry, cell biology and genetics. A key theme is in – depth practical work which gives you confidence in manipulating organisms, cells and molecules.
Year 2 explores the genetics and molecular biology of living cells in more depth, as well as the origins and evolution of life. It investigates how DNA has been used to solve crimes via DNA profiling and examines how the structure of protein relates to its function. All of this is supported by extensive practical experience, in particular in gene cloning and characterisation, and PCR, to equip you for the scientific workplace.
In Year 3, you can either undertake a work (sandwich) placement or progress directly to your final year. In the final year you are becoming an independent scientist. You will study advanced aspects of DNA sequence characterisation, including bioinformatics. The most important and enjoyable work of the final year is your research project. From a wide range of projects and supervisors you choose an exciting topic to research in the laboratory.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths


  • Graduates are in high demand across a range of scientific enterprises, for example, the multitude of genome projects have generated huge potential for rational drug design in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
·         There is a growing demand for geneticists in the Health Service, in particular to run genetic counselling and diagnostics services in the coming personalised medicine revolution. Molecular methods are also used extensively in forensic science for the detection of crime, as well as in hospital diagnostics laboratories for disease diagnosis.
  • There is also the opportunity to study for a higher degree after you graduate , for example MSc Molecular Biology with Bioinformatics or MSc Medical Biotechnology or possibly to study a P.G.C.E. to gain qualified teacher status.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!


The course has recently been awarded Society of Biology Recognition
Our Genetics and Molecular Biology graduates have excellent job prospects. According to Unistats.com, 70% of graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of leaving, with 60% finding “graduate level” jobs, placing us in the top 15 Universities for employability in this field.
You will be able to put theory into practice in our state-of-the-art laboratories located in a brand new £21m building, the Rosalind Franklin Science Centre designed for teaching and research at Wolverhampton.
Students have the opportunity to study via sandwich mode, taking a placement between the second and third years. The research undertaken can contribute towards your Honours project. The skills you acquire, along with the reference from an industrial supervisor can be a big advantage in securing employment upon graduation.


You will be a clear thinking individual with a sound knowledge of the revolutionary changes in all aspects of human activities stimulated by the rapid growth of genetic information. You will have developed the skills to discover information for yourself and critically evaluate this in the light of your subject knowledge. You will be literate, numerate, equipped with a high level of IT skills and articulate, key employability skills. In addition you will have had experience of a range of analytical techniques that are directly related to the needs of employers.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Sandwich £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Sandwich £9250 per year 2020-21
International Sandwich £12000 per year 2019-20
International Sandwich £12250 per year 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2019 Entry

  • A level minimum of BB or CDD to include a science based subject.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma requires 60 credits overall, 45 credits at Level 3 to include at least 18 Science credits at Merit.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science grade MMP or BTEC National Diploma grade DM.
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.


 “As a student from Manchester, The University of Wolverhampton was a really nice change. All of the staff were very helpful and encouraging and the atmosphere throughout the University is great! From first year right through to third year, we explored a wide range of scientific areas such as plant biotechnology and bioinformatics. I really enjoyed the final year project on DNA repair and mutations as it was a subject I had selected. There is also the chance to do an integrated masters and I will hopefully be returning for this because I love it here so much!”
“Studying Genetics and Molecular Biology has given me a greater understanding of how life works from the molecular scale to entire organisms. Lecturing staff with a wide range of specialties gave me the opportunity to broaden my knowledge base and introduced me to possible careers I hadn't considered.”

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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