Genetics is at the heart of modern developmental sciences. The drive to understand more about the processes behind inherited diseases has led to huge advances in many fields including embryology, stem cell biology and cancer research. On this course you’ll learn about genetics across the board from the foundations right up to the most recent breakthroughs. It’s a programme designed to help you kick-start your career in a wide range of healthcare professions, pharmaceuticals, genetic counselling or medical research. On our Medical Genetics degree we take you through the theory and practice of applying genetics to medical and biological sciences research. The course is designed not only to build your in-depth knowledge of the topics, but also to help you develop a deep understanding of the implications of human genetic research. As your studies progress you’ll get the opportunity to look into how genomics and proteomics are being applied to diseases such as cancer and diabetes, and study advanced topics such as molecular evolution and next generation DNA sequencing techniques. All the while, your learning will be supported by doctoral-level academics with expertise across the biological sciences. Teaching aims to help you develop your problem-solving and investigative skills and you’ll be able to get to grips with modern medical instruments in specialist lab sessions. In your third year you can take the option to apply everything you’ve learned so far in the real-world setting of a work placement. It’s an excellent opportunity to boost your employability and has given previous graduates added focus for their final year studies and future careers. While studying on this course, you can also sign up to become an undergraduate Biochemical Society and the Physiological Society (UK). So all in all, it’s a course that could provide a great foundation for you to launch your career.