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Biological Sciences (Genetics and Genomics)

BSc (Hons) - single

Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

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 course aims to develop the skills bioscientists need for this new era of genomics and big data in biology including healthcare, endangered species  and cancer research.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - preferred subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Human Biology and Physics

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus / Headington Campus, Marston Road site

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years, 4 years sandwich
  • Part time: part-time study is possible

UCAS code

C400

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Genetics and genomics is an exciting evolving discipline impacting on all areas of the biosciences and this course equips you to work with data from molecular lab techniques to handling and analysing genomes to prepare for careers in the biosciences.
  • You can choose modules within the course to focus on animals, humans or cells and use the latest microscopy techniques to explore living cells in our Bioimaging labs.
  • Oxford Brookes has an international reputation for outstanding research work in Genetics and Genomics in the Biological and Biomedical sciences and the Oxford area is an increasingly important European centre for the Bioscience industry.
  • 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. 
  • Key features of the our coure are the emphasis on practicals and opportunities for work experience, which take advantage of the University's proximity to Oxfordshire's science parks. The programme has a focus on employability and to that end we have launched the Oxford Brookes Student Bioinnovation Hub, which is an initiative to enhance engagement with the Life Sciences industry to increase research income from industry and improve your employability with active engagement from the local bioscience sector.

 

Teaching focuses on applying theory in practical settings in the lab and computer suits, developing your skills for employment. You will have the opportunity to gain a wide range of skills including molecular techniques (for example, for the study of DNA, RNA and proteins), bioinformatics, advanced light and electron microscopy, and cutting edge methodologies for the study of evolution and developmental biology. Throughout, there is a focus on the application of fundamental biology to real life issues.

Skills in scientific writing and presentation and numeracy skills are taught in the first year. In the second year there are compulsory modules such as Data Carpentry and Interrogating Genomes, which includes bioinformatics and analysing large datasets in general. Within year three various modules develop the skills needed for writing grant proposals or carrying out consultancy activity, developing Research literacy. An example is Advanced Genetics and Genomics, in which the students will synthesise information from the lectures and tutorials to address a current and challenging research question in the biological and medical sciences using the latest methodologies in Genetics and Genomics; thereby demonstrating awareness of current research.

Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may differ from those shown here.

Year 1

Level 4 Modules, all compulsory:

  • Biodiversity - (double credit module): 

This module takes an integrated approach to the diversity of life. It looks at the classification of the living world, the theory of evolution that links all biology and interactions between organisms and their environment. The module concentrates on major structures and patterns in plants, animals and fungi, how they vary within each kingdom and the interrelationships of some of the phyla.

  • Cell Biology & Genetics - (double credit module):

An introduction to cell function. Students will study the different types of molecules within cells and learn about cellular organelles and their functions.

  • The Practicing Scientist - (double credit module):

A module designed to introduce, extend and apply the fundamental skills that underpin the practice of science. Key themes include hypothesis testing and the design of scientific investigations, mathematical topics and their application, the principles and application of statistical methods, and the recording, reporting and presentation of science.

  • Intro to Biochemistry A:

The module provides a general introduction to the chemical principles that underpin a contemporary understanding of cell function at the molecular level. An overview of stoichiometry and reactions, chemical bonds and structures, and chemical equilibrium underpins content exploring the chemistry of familiar cellular macromolecules (DNA, proteins, carbohydrates, fats).

  • Intro to Biochemistry B:

Cellular pathways for synthesis of these macromolecules will be outlined, and a study of protein structure will be linked with enzyme function and the chemical changes occurring within cells (kinetics and mechanisms). Catabolic pathways will be studied along with cellular energy metabolism.

Year 2 and final year

Level 5 Modules

Compulsories:

  • Molecular Biology: 

A study of structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes at the molecular level with an overview on the experimental evidence that has contributed to current concepts, models and paradigms and practical experience of key molecular biology laboratory techniques. The module focuses on aspects of genetic engineering and environmental applications of modern molecular tools, with emphasis on phylogeny, ecology and evolution.

  • Career Development:

The module aims to provide essential training in professional career management skills designed to assist you in actively planning and preparing for your future career. It will take you through a career development cycle starting with discovering your potential, exploring opportunities (jobs, post graduate study or training), plotting a way forward and making it happen. 

  • Data Carpentry:

This module introduces students on how to get biologically meaningful answers from data while providing a generic introduction to concepts of ‘big data’ and machine learning. This conceptual framework is delivered via a more practical approach where students learn how to program, analyse, manage and communicate data from diverse biological disciplines using the R language for statistical computing.

  • Genetics:

This module focuses on patterns of genetic inheritance at different scales from individuals to populations to evolutionary lineages. It will develop an understanding of Mendelian/transmission, quantitative, population, ecological and evolutionary genetics and an ability to analyse and interpret genetic data. 

  • Interrogating Genomes:

This module provides an introduction to computational thinking in the biological sciences. This involves learning programming to tailor bespoke solutions to biological problems and developing a capacity to approach biological problems from a computational perspective (computational thinking). Additionally students are introduced to a variety of – omic data types (RNA, DNA, Protein-level), public databases and publicly available software for bioinformatics applications. 

Optional - Choose the equivalent of 3 single modules from the following

  • Animal Developmental Biology:

This module will present students with an in-depth introduction to the principles of developmental biology, and provide a broad overview of development processes and their regulation in animals.

  • Cell Biology:

This module focuses on eukaryotic cell structures and functions and highlights examples from animals, plants and fungi. The composition and functions of the cytoskeleton, cell membranes and cell components including chloroplasts, mitochondria and the nucleus will be discussed. In addition, cellular processes such as cell division and cell death will also be examined. Students will use well established methods such as fluorescent microscopy of living cells to experimentally investigate topics from lectures in lab classes.

  • Microbiology:

An introduction to microbiology considering the structures, metabolism, regulatory signals, replication and growth exhibited by microorganisms. You will learn how to work in a Category 2 microbiology laboratory and have the opportunity to plan and execute simple experimental procedures that are important to work with bacteria and viruses. You will practise aseptic techniques, and several procedures used in diagnostic labs for bacterial identification.

  • Biochemistry of Cell Function - (double credit module):

The module considers the biochemistry of eukaryotic cells with an emphasis on mammalian tissues. Using several approaches, we will explore the biochemistry of eukaryotic cells, including the chemical nature of the compounds that are involved in cellular processes. Examples of diseases caused by failures in these processes reinforce understanding and provide relevance and application. 

  • Animal Behaviour: 

An advanced study of the physiological, morphological and evolutionary mechanisms underlying behavioural traits and their variation in animals. Within this module, consideration is given to the influences of resource type and quality on animal behaviour, the evolutionary development of behavioural traits and the acquisition of new behaviours. 

Level 6 Modues

Compulsories:

  • Project - (double credit module): 

An individual project related to some aspect of the student's degree subject. The associated practical work may be conducted in a research or industrial laboratory or in the field, depending on the nature of the project.

  • Professional Skills and Techniques:

This module focuses on the development of the professional skills, personalised to your career ambitions. You will select three ‘podules’ from a selection of podules, which draw upon our research expertise and links with external partners. Podules will cover a wide range topics relevant to your degree, such as advanced microscopy, protein biochemistry, species identification, geographic information systems, entrepreneurship or science communication. Each podule consists of an introductory lecture, plenty of hands-on experience, and a seminar in which you will learn more about the application of ‘your’ skill in different contexts.

  • Advanced Genetics and Genomics:

The emphasis in this module is on the major theoretical and technological advances in Genetics and Genomics, and their significance in addressing the current challenges in biological and medical research. The module will specifically focus on the use of natural variation for the study of population history, selection inference, and analysing variation in complex traits; the use of comparative genomics and phylogenetics to understand evolutionary relationships and investigate gene and genome evolution; the role of microbiomes in human health and ecosystems and the study of gene function.

Optional: - Choose the equivalent of 4 single modules from the following

  • Molecular Biology of Cancer: 

An exploration of the nature and causes of cancer with particular emphasis on the molecular biology of underlying mechanisms. The module is framed around the concepts of the ‘hallmarks of cancer’ and will also explore the emerging field of cancer genomics as well as cover the therapeutic options for tumour patients.

  • Advanced Topics in Wildlife Conservation:

The module will identify and deliver the concepts and practical skills used in wildlife conservation, integrating conservation at the landscape scale with other wider countryside land management. This will develop understanding of the use of practical conservation management in maintaining and enhancing biodiversity. The inter-disciplinary nature of the module is emphasised in identifying the role of policy and statutory controls for wildlife management, and the role of conservation science in their development and delivery.

  • Evolution and Animal Development - (double credit module):

The shape, size and colour of each animal are produced during its development. This means that in order to study the evolution of animal biodiversity we need to study the evolution of development. In this module, we will not only discuss animal evolution at various timescales and levels, but we will also follow the development from egg (cell) to adult in a variety of animal species and compare the developmental programmes involved.

  • Advanced Cell Biology and Bioimaging:

This module is designed to give students an in-depth appreciation of currently topical areas in the cell biology of mammals, yeast and plants, and the techniques underpinning the associated research. Topics to be covered will include cell signalling, the endomembrane system, and the cell cycle.

  • Genomic Medicine:

The key areas of genomics, human genetics and genetic variation will be introduced. An understanding of genetics in disease and how genomic medicine can be utilised to elucidate disease mechanisms and biology will be developed. Basic genetics and genomics will be discussed to enable development of understanding the role of genetics in disease and how genomic information can be utilised to elucidate disease mechanisms and biology. 

  • Science and Humanity:

Science has had a huge impact on all aspects of our lives, and the overall aim of this module is to set that influence in its social and historical context. We will address alternative views of the world, how they have been developed or replaced in the context of science and have a clear look at the strengths and weaknesses of a scientific world view. We will address ideas about the value of other life forms and introduce environmental philosophy.

  • Work Experience:

The ‘Work Experience’ module is a supervised work-based learning experience. You will spend a minimum of 60 hours in a working environment that is relevant to your future career path. By learning how to reflect on your learning and professional development, and how to present your insights in a written essay and in a video, you will develop useful skills for your future job applications.

  • Independent Study in Life Sciences:

A study (normally library-based) of a topic of the student's choosing that is relevant to the student's programme but not formally offered as part of the taught course.

Work placements

We encourage our students to undertake a work placement  as the experience will give you the competitive edge when you are applying for jobs. There are two optional work experience module, work experience over the summer or during the final year and an industrial placement for a year between the second and final year.

Work experience module

The ‘Work Experience’ module is a work-based, supervised learning experience, in which you will spend at least 115 hours in a working environment that has relevance for your subject. This is equivalent to 3 weeks full-time (7.5 hrs/day) or 6 weeks part time (~4 hrs/day) work. As part of the module, you will practice career management skills by reflecting on your interests and career aspirations and approaching potential employers about opportunities in their organisation. These will be integral elements linked to enhancing your overall employability.

We strongly believe that arranging a placement yourself will give you a head start after graduation, as you will have practiced essential career management skills. Ideally, it will be your responsibility to find, apply for and secure your work experience placement. If you get stuck, your subject lead, your academic advisor or your dissertation supervisor will be able to provide you with some contacts in a wide range of suitable organisations.

Cost of the opportunity: There may be some costs such as travel associated with work experience and these are not included in the course tuition fees

Industrial Placement

The Industrial Placement module provides the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the application of theoretical and practical science within a professional environment, for example within an industrial biotechnology company, a research or hospital based

laboratory. You will have the chance to gain insight into various aspects of the work of a professional scientific employer and develop both practical laboratory skills and the ability to self-assess.

We will do what we can to suggest employers who may offer placements but experience tells us that successful students are usually those who show themselves to be pro-active in searching out their own placements.

You should also look carefully into what you will be paid as a placement student. Whilst many placements do come with a salary, sadly some companies and institutes do not feel they are obliged to offer a salary, and that the expenses they incur by hosting and training you are sufficient outlay for them. It is often hard to predict what a company or institute might be prepared to offer if they do not usually host placements; this should not discourage you from approaching potential hosts but you should likewise not feel bound to accept a non-paid placement if it is not possible in your financial situation. This issue of salary (or no salary) will have implications for you in terms of your finances and also for your funding status. We will guide you as best we can and give you advice on this during the application process, but you should make sure you understand your situation fully by talking about your placement, any salary and what this means for you, with the Student Finance department.

 

Study abroad

Great opportunities to study or work abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.

While on exchange you will have the opportunity to study for comparable courses, allowing you to gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

This is an optional part of the course so any costs e.g travel, associated with it are not covered in your tuition fees.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Attendance pattern

Most of our modules include lectures and laboratory-based practicals. There are on average 20 hours of lectures and 12 hours of practicals per single credit module (150 hours student effort).

Additional costs

There are some additional costs for the course including the purchase of a lab coat, safety goggles, stationary such as a lab notebook, printing and text books (though the library will have some copies). If the student opts for the placement year then there will be living costs associated with this year but we encourage students to seek a placement with a bursary or a paid placement to mitigate this. Work experience also may also incur travel costs.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

Teaching focuses on applying theory in practical settings with a specific focus on developing skills for employment. The latter is reinforced with two dedicated modules (i.e. Career Development and Professional Skills and Techniques). Students have the opportunity to gain a wide range of skills in the field of, but not limited to, genetics and genomics. 

Such skills include molecular techniques, bioinformatics, advanced light and electron microscopy, and cutting-edge methodologies for the study of evolution and developmental biology. Throughout, there is a focus on the application of fundamental biology to real life issues.

The activities of our research groups underpin our teaching and support the development of student’s research literacy. These include our world leading Cell Biology and Evolutionary Developmental Biology research groups and our Centre for Ecology, Environment and Conservation (CEEC).

Continued and regular discussions between programme staff members ensures that the programme is characterised by an appropriate breadth and depth of content that is informed by relevant benchmark statements and the latest research. Apart from dedicated and for the degree compulsory modules (i.e. Career Development and Professional Skills and Techniques), we also ensure across the programme that students gain transferable skills important for employment such as confidence and flexibility as independent learners, the ability to work productively with others, taking leadership and supportive roles and the ability to communicate ideas and findings, both verbally and in writing, with clarity and in a manner appropriate to diverse audiences.

This is developed through a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods that are informed by contemporary practice in science teaching in higher education. All modules make use of the Brookes Virtual Learning Environment (typically for locating module resources, for quizzes and coursework submissions and feedback). Assessment methods include essays, reviews, laboratory/field notebooks, scientific reports, posters, professional reports, grant applications and oral presentations. Reflective learning is encouraged through use of self, peer and staff formative feedback on assignments, group work and project work, and reflective diaries. 

Knowledge and understanding in many areas of the Biological Sciences, and Genetics and Genomics in particular, are rapidly advancing. Teaching staff not only include the latest published advances, but also integrate their own latest relevant research findings in their lectures. Articles from primary research journals feature in reading lists, particularly in the final year, and students are encouraged to use primary research journals in preparing assignments. There also have the opportunity to attend weekly research- focused seminars delivered by members of staff or invited speakers.

Approach to assessment

Assessment weightings for coursework (and any final examination) reflect judgements on the typical study time expected for satisfactory completion of a piece of coursework. For each module, students are required to achieve a pass grade of at least 40% from the aggregate marks of coursework and examination unless otherwise stated in the module description.

Assessment is designed to ‘shape and develop’ learning and not simply measure it (the notion of assessment for learning as well as assessment of learning). The role of formative feedback (i.e., feedback comments which may or may not be associated with a mark/grade) is central to facilitating student learning through assessment. Modules include formative feedback on assignments that includes generic/skills elements (encouraging and facilitating ‘feed-forward’ and transferability to other possibly different tasks). Modules include at least one assignment where students need to engage with feedback provided on earlier work. 

Assessment seeks to measure students’ progress towards and ultimately their acquisition of programme outcomes and for this reason assessment decisions are co-ordinated at programme level, while seeking to ensure that assessment methods are well integrated in each module (the notion of constructive alignment – the interdependence of learning outcomes, learning methods (teaching) and assessment), developmental and balanced. Students’ understanding of the assessment process (assessment literacy) is promoted through their involvement in assessment (self and peer assessment). We are committed to providing clear assessment criteria, and useful and timely feedback on all student work. The quality of academic provision for students is assessed regularly by programme teams, principally through annual student evaluation of each module, and through critical evaluation of the annual external examiner reports.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

International - full time: 2018/19: £14,000 2019/20: £14,280

*Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - preferred subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Human Biology and Physics

A-Level: BBC

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 30 points

BTEC: DMM

 

Students studying more than one science subject may receive a lower offer.

We seek to admit students who have the potential to make good scientists and accept that qualifications are not the only indicator of future potential. Typical offers also include:

  • A-level grades BB plus 2 AS-levels at grade C (equivalent to 112 UCAS Tariff points)
  • 1 12-unit vocational A-level at grade BB plus 1 A-level or 2 AS-levels at grade C
  • other recognised qualifications, eg BTEC Nationals or Scottish qualifications (equivalent to 112 UCAS Tariff points).

If your combination of qualifications doesn't match our typical offer, please contact our admissions tutor.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C), or above, including Mathematics, English Language and 2 Sciences

You must have studied science post-16, either at A-level or equivalent. If you do not have a background in science, we encourage you to consider our Life Sciences foundation year taught at Abingdon and Witney College.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an  international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our  pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

International applicants

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Recognised as one of Europe's leading centres of enterprise, innovation and scientific knowledge, Oxfordshire is a bioscience hotspot with the Oxford, Milton, Begbroke and Harwell science parks in the county. The Oxford Brookes Student Bioinnovation Hub is a focus for partnerships with industry providing work experience through placements and projects.

Oxford is also home to leading health care providers such as the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust which offers excellent work experience and career opportunities.

Oxford is one of the world's great academic cities, it is a key centre of debate, with conferences, seminars and forums taking place across education, science, the arts and many other subjects.

In addition to our own excellent libraries and resource centres, our students have access to the world-renowned Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Science Library.

Support for students studying Biological Sciences (Genetics and Genomics)

Our Personal and Academic Support System (PASS) has gained national and international recognition for its proactive approach to personal tutoring. It recognises that students need to make various adjustments as they move into higher education, whether from school or employment.

The system encompasses three elements:

  • a structured group tutorial programme
  • an academic adviser who will help you to plan your degree programme and future career
  • interaction with other students on your course.

The first stage includes regular seminars covering a wide range of subjects including research skills, understanding assessment criteria and making the most of coursework feedback. Our programme also helps students adjust to university life by developing their transferable skills.

Secondly our academic staff monitor your progress regularly to check that you are maximising your potential. If you experience academic difficulties we can arrange for you to receive academic mentoring support.

Thirdly if you are faced with challenges that affect your ability to study, such as illness, bereavement, depression, financial difficulties or accommodation issues, we will work with you in finding a way forward. Please talk to your academic adviser or our student support team. Oxford Brookes also offers a range of excellent services to support you.

Specialist facilities

Biological science is a practical subject and we have amazing laboratory facilities. The labs have recently been completely refurbished and equipped. A significant addition to the Department was realised in the new Microscopy Annex which includes a state of the art bio-imaging suite used by researchers and students. We have new teaching laboratories and teaching equipment supporting taught modules and student research projects.  A high-speed PC cluster to support research, data science and bioinformatics teaching in your degree will be opened before September 2019. 

We have new electron microscopes, equipment for protein purification and analysis, tissue culture and molecular biology and a range of teaching equipment including spectrophotometers and fluorescence microscopes. These resources compare well with other Universities.   While students are accommodated in purpose-built teaching labs for their practicals many students also work in our research labs for their research projects.

All staff use the Virtual Platform Moodle extensively and successfully for module delivery and evaluation.  All modules place lecture and assignment content onto Moodle (along with the Module Handbook), and add to this to share with or signpost students to further sources of information, including links to websites and publications.  Moodle acts as a news platform for some modules and a place for discussion forums, both message-based and Skype (or equivalent) based.  All assignment are uploaded through Moodle, often in conjunction with Turnitin and/or Grademark.  In addition to the module and programme pages on Moodle, the Department has set up a page linking students to the BioInnovation Hub and employers

We have a fantastic library. Richard Persaud is Subject Librarian for the Programme. He is involved in the development of student literacy through library skills in the 1st year skills modules and library inductions to new students.  Richard liaises closely with staff and students in relation to module reading lists and other resource recommendations (books, journals, online talks such as the Henry Stewart Talks) for students, and is proactive in seeking texts that are available as e-books.  For sources beyond the scope of our own library, Brookes students are able to access the Bodleian library  In addition to this, our Programme has an arrangement that students can join the Cairns library, sited at the JR Hospital, from their 1st year, and through this site they can have access to Bodleian library resources.

The research of the Department is seen as a vital component of effective teaching with a high proportion of staff being research active with strong external links. You will be exposed to current high quality research with many undergraduate projects providing experience of this. 

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

Our graduates have developed careers in a variety of stimulating roles in biological organisations with recent graduates being employed in the agro-chemical and biotech industries. With this degree we are preparing our graduates to capitalise on the increasing demand for biologists with a firm knowledge on the latest methodologies and theories in the field of Genetics and Genomics, making them highly employable. In general, our students have a very good record of gaining employment relevant to their degree and employers value the graduate attributes developed at Brookes.

Some of our students elect to use their degree to gain degree-level employment in a wide range of contexts including management, journalism and the media. 

Further study

Students have continued studying and gone on to gain postgraduate qualifications including PhDs or our MSc degree in Conservation Ecology or MSc Medical Genetics and Genomics.