University of Essex has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
The field of genetics is central to the life sciences. Many of the major landmarks in biology relate to genetics: Darwin’s theory of evolution, discovery of the structure of DNA and the sequencing of the human genome have all contributed to changing our understanding of biology. Genetics is an important, exciting and wide-ranging field to study and the application of genetics in healthcare and research means the prospects for graduates have never been better. Your final year project allows you to contribute to this field, approaching unanswered scientific questions using state-of-the-art-techniques; popular topics have ranged from the genetics of cancer and regulation of the immune response, to population genetics and synthetic biology.
You will spend your third year on a placement year with an external organisation. This is usually focussed around your course, and enables you to learn about a particular sector, company or job role, apply your academic knowledge in a practical working environment, and receive inspiration for future career pathways.
Located in the School of Biological Sciences, we are one of the largest schools at the University. Two-thirds of our research is rated "world-leading" or "internationally excellent" (REF 2014).
Many of our courses offer a choice of optional modules to tailor your learning experience. More information about these can be found on the University of Essex website.
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Colchester Campus|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||BCC||Including Biology.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on subjects studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.|
|Access to HE Diploma||We will consider science based Access to Higher Education Diplomas. Advice can be provided on an individual basis.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points||
or three Higher Level certificates with 544. Either must include Higher Level Biology with a minimum of grade 4, plus Standard Level Maths or Maths Studies grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level.
Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths.
We are happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
In addition all applicants require GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).
Additional entry requirements
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|