Aberystwyth University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)


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Course summary

Uncover the intricate secrets of life's blueprint with our engaging and comprehensive Genetics course at Aberystwyth University. Delve into the fundamental principles governing evolution, molecular biology, and clinical genetics. This program offers a blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical experience, equipping you with the skills and insights needed to excel in the field of genetics. So what makes Genetics at Aberystwyth special? Through interactive lectures, hands on laboratory sessions, and guided research projects, you will gain a deep understanding of the core principles of genetics. You will analyse real-world case studies, explore ethical considerations in genetic research, and develop critical thinking skills to tackle complex genetic challenges. Our expert lecturing staff, drawn from diverse research backgrounds, ensure that you will receive the latest insights and industry-relevant knowledge. Students will experience an environment that is not only intellectually invigorating but also enriched by coastal living, a unique combination that enhances both scholarly pursuits and personal well-being. We provide an array of modules in the second and third years, affording you the flexibility to tailor your learning according to your specific interests. You have the option to pursue a more clinical route by delving into subjects like immunology and pharmacology, or you may choose to concentrate on areas such as microbiology, biochemistry, plant science, or a blend of these disciplines. You can also hone your laboratory techniques, using cutting-edge equipment to conduct genetic experiments and analyses. We have extensive research and teaching labs equipped with the latest equipment, including bioimaging facilities, high-throughput DNA sequencing, and super-computing resources. The course also lays a strong foundation for advanced studies in bioinformatics, and related fields. By the end of the degree, you will be adept at deciphering genetic data, understanding inheritance patterns, and applying genetic knowledge to address global challenges such as disease prevention, food security, and climate change. Career Opportunities: A degree in Genetics opens doors to a broad range of fulfilling career paths. Graduates can pursue roles in biomedical research, healthcare, academia, forensic science, industrial biotechnology, and more.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed above represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. If you cannot find the qualifications that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: [email protected]) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.

Additional entry requirements


A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Business, Mathematics, Psychology and Science degree schemes also require a minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent).

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedB
Cambridge English ProficiencyC
IELTS (Academic)6.5With minimum 5.5 in each component.
PTE Academic55With minimum score of 51 in any component.
TOEFL (iBT)88With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.

If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9000 Year 1
EU £18830 Year 1
International £18830 Year 1

Additional fee information

The UK and Welsh Governments have confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in the academic year 2021/22 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. Fees for EU students will therefore be charged in line with international fees from 2021/22 onwards. Please note Irish nationals will continue to be eligible for home fee status and support by the Welsh Government under the Common Travel Area arrangement

Sponsorship information

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers/Estranged Students and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

Genetics at Aberystwyth University - UCAS