b901 - Biomedical Genetics BSc

Biomedical Genetics BSc Honours

UCAS Code: B901 (3 Years)

Course Overview

Interested in how genetic information passes from one generation to the next? Want to explore the causes of hereditary diseases? This degree gives you in-depth knowledge of how genes affect health and disease.

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At a Glance


UCAS Institution Name and Code

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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA-AAB
IB: 34-35 points

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Genetics is the study of how DNA is transmitted between generations. Also how it is decoded to determine our individual characteristics.

You'll learn about how:

  • hereditary material passes on genetic information from one generation to the next
  • genes are controlled and how they control development
  • mutations and changes can lead to a wide range of medical diseases

Study with us and you'll:

  • develop scientific and experimental skills through practical work in our biomedical labs
  • boost your CV through work experience here at the University
  • learn from experts and graduate with the latest knowledge of human health and disease - the University's Institute of Genetic Medicine feeds into our degrees

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Modules for 2016 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.


Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry‌ (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.


Biomedical Genetics careers

There is a great demand for graduates in the biomedical and biomolecular sciences within the health services and industry, particularly leading or working as part of research teams, and many of our students choose this career path.

Industries employing bioscientists for research and development include:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • biotechnology
  • chemical
  • cosmetics and toiletries
  • food and drink

In addition, with a biosciences-related degree you could undertake medical, veterinary, or agricultural research in universities and research institutes. Hospital and public health laboratories also employ a large number of bioscientists.

A large proportion of our graduates choose to take a further degree (either an MSc or PhD qualification) before embarking on permanent employment. This is a step in a career path which can lead to senior, decision-making roles. Each year some students use our degrees as a route for graduate entry into medicine.

Apart from laboratory work, there are many other ways to use your degree. Some of our graduates choose to enter the legal side of the subject, using their scientific knowledge to advise on patenting, and others opt for careers such as scientific journalism.

Our graduates also embark on careers unrelated to the biomedical sciences, for example in management, accountancy, and IT. Whichever career you choose, you can be sure that you will receive our advice and wholehearted support.

Find out more about the career options for Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding



Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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