b901 - Biomedical Genetics BSc

Biomedical Genetics BSc Honours

UCAS Code: B901 (full time: 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


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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, in turn, control development
  • mutations 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

Highlights of this degree

Meet Nikita from India

Newcastle University offered the exact course structure that I wanted to study. Along with being a Russell Group research focused university, there is ample in terms of extra curricular activities available to which enabled me to learn a lot of new things.

Nikita, BSc Biomedical Genetics
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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

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. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.


    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 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

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    Careers in Biomedical Science

    97% of graduates from the school of Biomedical Science were employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating, with an average salary of £20,124*

    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.

    Engaging with Industry

    Throughout your studies there will be many opportunities to engage with industry including:

    • Site visits
    • Guest lectures
    • Employability Fairs
    • Industrial placements
    • Internships
    • Advice from Industry

    We develop our students' employability with:

    • Access to our award winning careers service
    • Year-long industrial placements
    • Summer placements
    • Internship opportunities
    • Opportunities for part time work with JobsOC
    • SOLAR - a student led outreach group teaching school children science
    • Emploability ambassador roles
    • Opportunities to volunteer via Go Volunteer
    • Opportunities to participate in clinical work shadowing
    • Mock interviews
    • CV interviews
    • Careers clinics
    • Assistance with applying to medicine/dentistry

    When you graduate

    Sectors employing bioscientists include:

    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Biotechnology
    • Universities
    • Management
    • NHS
    • Finance
    • Patent Law
    • Chemical
    • Cosmetics and toiletries
    • Food and Drink
    • Scientific writing
    • IT
    • Research and development
    • Teaching

    In addition, with a biosciences-related degree you could undertake scientific, medical, veterinary and 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 a Medical, Masters, PhD or teaching qualification, before embarking on permanent employment. 

    What our Alumni say

    "The opportunities afforded by doing the MSci gave me a fantastic taste of research and helped me realise it was the career path for me." Dr Alex Egan - Research Associate

    "My degree allowed me to sample several different scientific areas, providing me with a broad understanding, before I specialised in an area I thoroughly enjoyed. This has lead me down the path of molecular biology and ultimately to my current research and development position working in the pharmaceutical industry." - Dr Lauren Drage - Development Scientist at GSK

    "The School of Biomedical Sciences gave me the foundation needed for my PhD. From lab practicals, to the summer placement, to the final year project, I was provided with many opportunities to test first hand if research was the correct path for me." - Siobhan Lister - PhD student

    Companies that our graduates work for include:

    • GlaxoSmithKline Plc
    • NHS
    • Bupa
    • Fujifilm Diosynth
    • KPMG
    • Universities worldwide
    • Small and Large pharma/biotech

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

    *Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) data 2015/16

    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. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    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.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    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



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    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

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