King’s College London

The Medical Genetics Intercalated BSc is an exciting course covering the latest genetic theories and advances, together with their application in medicine.

Recent advances in genetics, including the 100,000 Genomes Project, are giving rise to a detailed understanding of the inherited and acquired genetic changes underlying a wide range of disease conditions. This knowledge is fuelling a move to more personalised medicine based on individual genetic information.

The course also develops a critical approach to the acquisition of knowledge, problem-solving and communication skills, and an understanding of research methods and rationales.

For more information, including details on how to apply, see our Intercalated BSc pages.

  • The course covers fundamental human molecular and complex disease genetics, as well as cancer genetics, and the processes involved in medical genetics, including gene therapy.
  • You will explore current trends in cutting-edge areas of research working alongside international experts at a leading research institution.
  • Taught by internationally renowned scientists and researchers
  • Graduates have been published as a result of their iBSc project, and some have gone on to present their research at conferences.

Description

The Medical Genetics iBSc explores the importance and future potential of molecular and medical genetics in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of human diseases and cancer.

It is now generally accepted that the health or disease status of an individual has as its basis a particular gene expression profile that can be determined by inherited genetic and acquired epigenetic factors.

The Medical Genetics iBSc course is designed to highlight the impact advances in molecular genetics have made on our understanding of the mechanisms of human disease, and how they have provided novel diagnostic and therapeutic intervention strategies.

You will study basic concepts, new discoveries, and potential or actual clinical applications. You will also learn how to appraise work critically, solve problems, and communicate your findings efficiently, while acquiring a fundamental understanding of research methods and rationales.

This degree is a one-year course that comprises modules totalling 120 credits: taught modules totalling 60 credits take place in Semester 1.

In Semester 2, all students take a transferable skills module, but can then follow two separate pathways to make up the remaining 45 credits. The first of these, a key feature of this course, allows students to gain laboratory experience by completing an experimental research project. The projects on offer include the chance to work in both ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ labs. Projects undertaken in the ‘dry’ lab involve the analysis of data produced in the Department of Medical & Molecular Genetics. Alternatively, students can opt for a Library Research Project accompanied by two further 15-credit modules.

Entry requirements

External students must have first time passes for years 1 and 2 and all SSCs.

Closing date

4 March