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Programme Specification: Part II Genetics

This course is taught by the Department of Genetics.


  1. to provide a high quality broadly-based education across the range of the subject including molecular studies, genomics, population and evolutionary genetics;
  2. to provide a stimulating and challenging learning environment where students are encouraged to learn for themselves and to engage in debate about the applications of genetic knowledge;
  3. to provide training in the principles and practice of scientific research through a research project, and skills and experience in the evaluation of the results of such research;
  4. to provide opportunities to develop presentational skills and analytical and problem solving skills, that can be used in the student's future career.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should have:

  1. knowledge of the theoretical and experimental foundations of classical and modern genetics;
  2. understanding of the broad applications of genetics throughout biology;
  3. specialised knowledge and understanding of selected aspects;
  4. experience and appreciation of research skills by means of a project;
  5. experience of computer analysis of genetic and genome data;
  6. developed skills in literature searching and in critical analysis of information;
  7. developed skills in written and oral presentations.

Teaching and learning methods

These include lectures, seminars, problem solving sessions, supervisions and group discussions


Assessement is by

  • five unseen written papers (for aims 1-4 and learning outcomes 1-3, 6 and 7);
  • a dissertation and a research project (for aims 3 and 4 and learning outcomes 3-7).

Courses of Preparation

Essential: None.


NST Part IB Cell and Developmental Biology;

NST Part IA Biology of Cells.

In addition, NST Part IA Evolution and Behaviour and Part IB Ecology provide valuable introductions to evolutionary and populations aspects of the Part II course.

Additional Information

Further information on each subject is available in the Subject summary and on the Course Websites pages.