Genetics (Hons), B.Sc.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    23800 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    7574 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #201 (WUR) ,
University College Dublin offers the Genetics (Hons) programme for those interested in why some families are more prone to disease and how to use biotechnology to produce drugs and other products.

About

During the Genetics (Hons) degree from University College Dublin you'll study developing new areas such as personal genomics, which uses DNA sequence to determine health and ancestry.

The UCD Genetics programme also covers genetic engineering and biotechnology, transgenic animals, genetically modified plants, medical genetics, molecular evolution, developmental biology, DNA fingerprinting and bioinformatics.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Most Genetics graduates work in:

  • Hospital laboratories
  • Biotechnology, pharmaceutical and genomics companies
  • Forensic science laboratories
  • Agribiotech and horticulture companies
  • Food and drink companies

Many graduates study for a higher degree (MSc/PhD), or obtain additional professional qualifications such as in Medicine and Dentistry. MSc programmes at UCD include the areas of Biotechnology,Biotechnology and Business, and Evolutionary Biology.

International Study Opportunities

Genetics students in third year have to date studied in:

  • University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • University of California, Irvine, USA
  • University of Connecticut, USA
  • Queen's University, Canada

Genetics students also have the opportunity to carry out their fourth year project at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Genetics. Topics include evolution, genetic disease and biotechnology, as well as core modules in biomolecular and biomedical science.

First Year

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Optional Science modules
  • Elective modules

Second Year

  • Genetics
  • + 2 Other Science Subjects
  • Elective Modules

Third Year

  • Genetics
  • Elective Modules

Fourth Year

  • Genetics (includes a research project)

All Science courses are full time, with many student timetables running from 9.00am to 5.00pm or later. Depending on the subject choices, a weekly timetable can include lectures, practicals and tutorials.

Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Documents Required:

  • Certified true copy of official transcripts of academic results. 
  • (If you are awaiting current year examination results you must send your results to CAO as soon as they become available. If they arrive later than 3 August, we cannot guarantee that they will be processed in time for inclusion in Round 1 offers).
  • A certified English translation of qualifications not issued originally in English, in addition to the certified copies of the documents themselves.
  • In some cases, the final school report is also required.
  • Proof of proficiency in English language if not through school-leaving qualifications.
  • In the absence of these documents and translations the application will not be processed.

            Tuition Fee

            • International

              23800 EUR/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 23800 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
            • EU/EEA

              7574 EUR/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 7574 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.

            Living costs for Dublin

            1,100 - 1,800 EUR/month
            Living Costs

            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

            Funding

            StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.