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Genetics, BSc/MSci

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #77 (QS) Glasgow, United Kingdom
Understanding genetics and molecular genetics is fundamental to all aspects of biology, modern medicine and biotechnology. As genetics affects all aspects of life, a degree in Genetics from University of Glasgow opens up a world of career opportunities in science, industry, healthcare, forensics and beyond.
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You'll be taught by world-class researchers from our internationally-renowned MVLS research institutes.

You’ll study in one of the largest Schools of Life Sciences in the UK, drawing on hundreds of years of teaching and research experience.

Our G-Gnomes Society welcomes students from a biomolecular background, with regular guest lectures from top researchers and a different social event each month.

Our campus development project supports cutting-edge facilities, improved teaching spaces and an enhanced student experience.

Genetics at University of Glasgow is top in the UK for overall satisfaction (NSS 2018).


Many of our graduates take research, support or leadership roles in academia, industry or public services. Our graduates have also entered a wide variety of careers including teaching, medicine, management and journalism.

Careers of some of our graduates include:

  • Genetic Scientist: NHS Scotland
  • Forensics Officer: Police Scotland
  • Communications Manager: Cancer Research UK
  • Project Manager; Johnston & Johnston
  • Computer Biologist: Sanger Institute

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      Genetics MSci: 5 year degree

  • Credits
    480 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course Overview:

  • You will be given a general introduction to all aspects of modern biology and encouraged to acquire general scientific skills.
  • You will be introduced to specialist subject areas according to your interests (e.g. animal biology; biomolecular sciences; human biology; infection biology). 
  • If you progress to Honours, you will develop an in-depth understanding of the principles of genetics and biomolecular science, including: classical foundation of genetics; the application of genetics to understand evolution, populations, biological function, and disease; molecular genetics using model organisms; and human genetics.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements


  • Standard entry requirements: AAB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum entry requirements: BBB considered for offer if additional requirements met.
  • Additional requirements: Biology or Human Biology or Chemistry A-level at Grades A or B. 


  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points including three HL subjects at 6,6,5 guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points including three HL subjects at 6,5,5 considered for offer if additional requirements met.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21920 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1820 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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England, Wales and Northern Ireland: £27,750 per total

Living costs for Glasgow

  • 620 - 1020 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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