The University of Edinburgh

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biological Sciences (Molecular Genetics)

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Course summary

Molecular genetics underlies the majority of modern biological research. It is concerned with the molecular mechanisms by which genes are expressed and regulated and the ways in which they control the properties of cells and organisms. Molecular genetics has been revolutionised in recent years by the availability of large DNA sequence datasets, including full genome sequences for many species. This has also facilitated the study of many human traits, including diseases that have a major genetic component but whose inheritance involves more than a single gene. Genetics impacts on almost every aspect of our lives - from human genetics and health, to infectious disease, what we eat and drink and how we live.

Course details


How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2020.

If you already have a 2020 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeC440
Institution code E56
Campus nameCentral area campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level ABB - AAA Grades must be achieved in one set of exams. Required subjects: A Level: Biology and Chemistry. Grade A is required in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics. GCSEs: Mathematics or Physics at grade B or 6.
Scottish Higher AAAB - AAAA These grades must be achieved by end of S5. If you haven't achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: Higher: Biology and Chemistry. Grade A is required in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics. Qualified applicants are strongly advised to take Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher level where possible. National 5: Mathematics or Physics at grade B.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 37 - 32 points Award of Diploma with 37 points with 666 at HL - 32 points with 555 at HL. Required subjects: HL: Biology and Chemistry. Diploma must include Mathematics or Physics at SL 6.

Direct entry to second year is available. Full, detailed entry requirements including subject requirements, English language requirements, an explanation of typical offers, and other accepted qualifications, including international qualifications, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website along with important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level ABB Required subjects: A Level: Biology and Chemistry. Grade A is required in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics. GCSEs: Mathematics or Physics at grade B or 6.
Scottish Higher AABB These grades must be achieved by end of S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: Higher: Biology and Chemistry. Grade A is required in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics. Qualified applicants are strongly advised to take Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher level where possible. National 5: Mathematics or Physics at grade B.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points Award of Diploma with 32 points with 555 at HL. Required subjects: HL: Biology and Chemistry. Diploma must include Mathematics or Physics at SL 6.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
EU £1820* Year 1
Scotland £1820* Year 1
International £27550 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Scotland In 2019 the fee level set by the Scottish Government was £1,820. The 2020 fee rate is expected to be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2020. Students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. England/Wales/N Ireland The Rest of UK (RUK) rate is yet to be confirmed and was £9,250 for 2019 entry. For 2020 entry this may increase in line with inflation and will be subject to government limits. EU 2020 entry EU students will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students, will retain that status for the duration of their studies, and are eligible for tuition fee support from the Scottish Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). In 2019 the fee level set by the Scottish Government was £1,820. The 2020 fee rate is expected to be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2020. International Full time international students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme. For up-to-date information http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/tuition-fees/undergraduate
Biological Sciences (Molecular Genetics) at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS