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Biological Sciences (Genetics and Genomics) Oxford Brookes University Degree level: Undergraduate


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The Biological Sciences (Genetics and Genomics) degree provides students with a focused programme of study that blends molecular, genetic, genomic and broader biological studies, to prepare them for a wide range of careers in Biosciences. The secrets of life revolve to a large extent around how hereditary information is stored, used and passed on. When James Watson famously proclaimed that they had discovered the secret of life upon elucidating the structure of DNA, back in 1953, they had merely set in motion a direction in science that would see unprecedented advances made in the fields of developmental biology, biomedical science, evolutionary ecology, and even in conservation. Furthermore, it also stimulated the development of major new lab technologies (e.g. complete genome sequencing and gene expression profiling, down to individual cells), coupled with significant computational advances. More than ever the various disciplines within the Biosciences are integrated, largely as a result of advances in genetics and genomics. This degree is at the forefront in teaching students these advances across the Biosciences and has a strong focus on employability throughout the course (e.g. programme learning outcome 3.3). This breadth, as well as the explicit integration, offers students the opportunity to develop and follow their interests in the Biosciences as they progress through the course.

Course details

Assessment method

Assessment methods include essays, reviews, laboratory/field notebooks, scientific reports, posters, professional reports, grant applications and oral presentations. All these activities develop Digital and Information literacy. Reflective learning is encouraged through use of self, peer and staff formative feedback on assignments, group work and project work, and reflective diaries (developing Critical self-awareness and personal literacy).

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, to include 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Human Biology or Physics preferred; the study of science post-16 is required.
A level At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Human Biology or Physics preferred; the study of science post-16 is required.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) The study of science post-16 is required.
Access to HE Diploma The Access to HE Diploma course must include the study of science
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language - Grade 4/C
Mathematics - Grade 4/C
Double Integrated Science, or two separate sciences - Grade 4/C
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points A science subject at Higher level is required.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,280 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to continue to set fees at the maximum level permitted for new and returning Home/EU students.

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