Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Genetics and Molecular Biology

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code C4C7
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences
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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.

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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 Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13450 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13950 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

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

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

  • 96 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD to include a Science subject.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma in Applied Science - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Science Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit, to include 18 in Science.


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Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

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 at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

English language requirements also apply

 “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.”

Royal Society of Biology

"Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol)."

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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