BSc Medical Genetics with a Year in Industry

Medical Genetics with a Year in Industry BSc

School of Biosciences

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Course description

This course gives you a broad understanding of genetics, with an emphasis on topics of medical relevance. You’ll take a year-long, paid work placement as part of your degree to help you better understand how genetic information can be used in medicine.

Our students have found placements at global pharmaceutical companies, such as GSK, Pfizer and Unilever, but your placement doesn't have to be in the lab. You could apply your scientific knowledge outside of the bioscience industry, in areas including market research, communications or business development. A placement is a great opportunity to test out a career path and many students are offered a graduate-level job at the end. You'll pay reduced fees for the year you're on placement and you'll still have the support you need from your tutor and the University.

You’ll learn about human, plant and microbial genetics, genomics, and molecular biology and explore the genetic basis of cell function and disease. You'll study the structure and expression of genes, inheritance and mutations and the latest molecular techniques for modifying genes, including CRISPR. We'll introduce you to how modern genetics helps us to understand and treat a range of diseases, as well as tackle global challenges like food sustainability and security.

From your first year, you’ll study modules that span the molecular biosciences covering genetics, biochemistry and molecular and cell biology. Alongside these modules, you’ll have the freedom to explore complementary topics across the breadth of bioscience, such as microbiology, biomedicine, ecology, plant science and zoology, so you have the option to study medical genetics in greater depth, keep your interests broad or even switch to another degree programme within the biosciences.

No matter what modules you choose to study, you’ll develop the practical laboratory and transferable skills that make our graduates attractive to employers, including project management, problem solving, communication skills and data analysis.

We’ll give you plenty of opportunities to apply your new skills and knowledge too. You’ll be in the lab completing in-depth practicals across molecular genetics, DNA manipulation and protein structure analysis and you’ll get the chance to use cutting-edge equipment to run your own research projects in an area such as clinical diagnostics or brewing biotechnology.

Whether you choose to focus solely on medical genetics or study a range of topics across the molecular biosciences and beyond, your personal tutor will assist you in tailoring your degree to your interests and career goals.

If you want to study this course but don't meet the entry requirements our Biosciences with a Foundation Year could be for you. After successfully completing the one year programme, you'll progress onto the first year of one of our bioscience degrees.

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which shows employers that you've developed the practical skills and scientific knowledge that they're looking for.

Modules

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department directly.

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Title: Medical Genetics with a Year in Industry BSc
UCAS code: C436
Years: 2021

In your first year, you'll spend six hours in the lab each week learning the practical skills and knowledge that every bioscientist needs, including how to establish bacterial cultures, assess bioenergetics and perform gene cloning. Analysis classes will equip you with the skills you'll use outside the lab, from interacting with your data to interpreting your findings. Your lectures will give you a broad understanding of the molecular biosciences, allowing you to explore what you're most interested in.

Core modules:

Biochemistry 1

This module provides a broad introduction to Biochemistry and examines the molecules that carry out and control all the chemical reactions in biological cells. The basic chemical concepts underlying the structures, functions and mechanisms of action of biomolecules.

20 credits
Molecular & Cell Biology

This module considers the fundamental processes at the heart of all life on this planet. Students will learn about the basic molecular processes that enable cells to store and use genetic information to make proteins, as well as the mechanisms that allow cell growth, division, and ultimately cell death. Learning materials will be delivered through a combination of lectures, videos, practical classes and independent study.

20 credits
Principles of Evolution

This course is an introduction to evolution as the central unifying theme of modern biology. Students will examine evolutionary patterns from the geological past to the present, and investigate evolutionary mechanisms of selection, adaptation and the origin of species. They will be introduced to the approaches used to study evolution including classical population and quantitative genetics, phylogenetic trees, and the fossil record. Students will learn through lectures, videos, practical sessions, quizzes, and independent study.

20 credits
Genetics 1

This course is an introduction to the principles of genetics. Students will explore the genetics of pro- and eukaryotes by studying the mechanisms of gene transmission, genetic exchange, mutations and gene mapping. Additional topics are the genetic basis of diseases, prenatal diagnosis, genetic counselling, gene therapy and genetic basis of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Students will learn through lectures and videos and independent study.

10 credits
Skills in Molecular Bioscience

The Skills for Biology module introduces students to the fundamentals of scientific practice: lab practical skills, experimental design, information technology, data visualisation and analysis, writing and presentation skills, skills reflection, professionalism and career development.

30 credits

Optional modules:

A student will select approved modules from the School of Biosciences to the value of 20 credits.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Learning and assessment

Learning

Our research-embedded teaching comes from the forefront of molecular biology and across the breadth of bioscience. You’ll learn from top scientists who are working on challenges from cancer and Covid-19, to antibiotic resistance, food security and climate change. This breadth of expertise means we can offer a wide range of modules for you to choose from across the molecular biosciences, biomedicine, and organisms and the environment.

You’ll learn through lectures, small group tutorials and workshops, practical sessions in the lab and research projects.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours

To support your learning, you’ll have access to a virtual learning environment with interactive course materials. You'll also have a personal tutor throughout your course, to give you advice and guidance on both academic and pastoral issues.

Assessment

Throughout the course you will be assessed through a variety of methods, including exams, tests, presentations, coursework and practical work.

Programme specification

This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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Entry requirements

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Standard offer
Access Sheffield offer

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
AAB
including Biology and a second science

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
ABB
including Biology and a second science

A Levels + additional qualifications | ABB, including Biology and a second science + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, including Biology and a second science + A in Core Maths

International Baccalaureate | 34, with 6, 5 in Higher Level Biology and a second science 33, with 5 in Higher Level Biology and a second science

BTEC | RQF: DDD in Applied Science or Forensic Science, including modules in Applications of Inorganic Chemistry, Applications of Organic Chemistry and Practical Chemical Analysis, and no more than one of the following: Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis, Forensic Fire Investigation or Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation

Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers | AAABB + AB, including Biology and a second science AABBB + AB, including Biology and a second science

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + AA in Biology and a second science B + AB in Biology and a second science

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 credits at Distinction (to include Chemistry and Biology units) and 9 credits at Merit + interview 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction (to include Chemistry and Biology units) and 15 credits at Merit + interview

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English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

Equivalent English language qualifications

Visa and immigration requirements

Other requirements
  • Second science subjects include Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology

  • GCSE Maths grade 6/B

Pathway programme for international students

If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for an International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

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Biosciences at Sheffield is home to over 120 lecturers who are actively involved in research at the cutting edge of their field. You'll learn from scientists who are helping to solve some of the biggest global challenges, from global food shortages and antibiotic resistance in MRSA to degenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer's and combating infectious diseases like Covid-19.

We're a close-knit community where every student gets the support and encouragement needed to achieve their best work. Whether it’s joining one of our student-led societies and taking part in nights out, trips abroad and quizzes with lecturers, or volunteering, fundraising and organising your own events, there are lots of opportunities to get involved.

Biosciences students are based across Firth Court, the Alfred Denny, Florey and Addison buildings. We are at the heart of the University campus, adjacent to the Students' Union and just a 15-minute walk from the city centre.

Facilities

Our students have access to world-class laboratory and computing resources for biological research and are trained in specialist teaching laboratories, supported by teaching assistants and our technician team.

Biosciences at Sheffield is home to state-of-the-art facilities, including super resolution light, cryo-electron and atomic force microscopy, NMR and X-ray facilities, a Biological Mass Spectrometry facility and the NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility, which provides molecular genetics facilities and training to the UK science community.

We also have controlled environment facilities that can simulate any past, present and future climate, leading equipment for DNA analysis, and facilities for cell culture used in studying immunology, medically important microbes and biotechnology on campus.

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Why choose Sheffield?

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QS World University Rankings

  Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014

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Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017


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Top 15 in the UK for Biological Sciences

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

UK top 10 for overall satisfaction in Genetics, Microbiology and Cell Science

National Student Survey 2020

94% satisfaction for teaching

National Student Survey 2020

Top 5 for Biological Sciences Research

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Our graduates are among the UK's top ten most targeted by leading employers

High Fliers Research 2020


Medical Genetics with a Year in Industry

100% of our placement year graduates are in graduate level work or further study, 15 months after graduation

Graduate Outcomes 2020

Graduate careers

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Our courses equip students for a wide range of careers, from scientific roles to graduate schemes with top employers. Whether you want to pursue a career in science, apply your skills in industry, or continue your studies, bioscience graduates are highly sought after due to their specialist laboratory skills, ability to solve problems, handle and analyse data, and effectively communicate complex ideas to a range of audiences.

As well as progressing onto a masters programme or PhD, our students secure roles in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies like GSK, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Redx, the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) and government bodies like Public Health England.

Transferable skills are embedded and developed throughout our degrees, which means year on year our graduates join high-profile organisations like Microsoft, HSBC, KPMG, United Kingdom Civil Service, Unilever and Wellcome. You can also apply your degree to other varied careers including brewing, bioinformatics, marketing, medical writing, genetic counselling, agrochemicals, teaching and science policy.

Photo of Krizand Christine Vaz

Accelerating my career with the Future Leader’s Graduate Programme at Pfizer

Krizand Christine Vaz BSc Genetics and Microbiology with Employment Experience

Whilst at Sheffield, Krizand spent a year completing a paid work placement at pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer as part of her degree. This experience helped Krizand to secure a place on Pfizer’s Future Leader's Graduate Programme working in the organisation's commercial business in marketing and sales.

Work experience

Each year undergraduate students can apply to join the Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) scheme. This gives you the chance to spend around six weeks working in one of our research groups over the summer. It's a unique opportunity to pursue research in an area that you’re excited about and can help inform your future career aspirations.

Fees and funding

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