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I have been recently intrigued with learning about inheritance DNA and genetics at gcse biology. What a levels should I do to study Genetics at uni? Also is a genetics degree available at undergraduate level? What’s the best unis for this?

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Biology -> definite
Chemistry -> if I need to
Maths -> love it
History-> love it

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I have been recently intrigued with learning about inheritance DNA and genetics at gcse biology. What a levels should I do to study Genetics at uni? Also is a genetics degree available at undergraduate level? What’s the best unis for this?

Currently might take:
Biology -> definite
Chemistry -> if I need to
Maths -> love it
History-> love it

Thanks in advance!
Hello! I'm actually an offer holder for genetics and I do Biology, Chemistry, and Maths. I don't think you need chemistry but my offer at Kings required an A/B for it so it might be needed. I would recommend doing the subjects I do, they complement each other quite well and what you learn in one subject helps you with the others too.
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Hello! I'm actually an offer holder for genetics and I do Biology, Chemistry, and Maths. I don't think you need chemistry but my offer at Kings required an A/B for it so it might be needed. I would recommend doing the subjects I do, they complement each other quite well and what you learn in one subject helps you with the others too.
Thank you. I have looked at different university and it seems like Genetics is mostly studied at master degree level or phd. Why is that? For example Cambridge doesn’t offer genetics at undergraduate and that was the uni I wanted to go to.

Also will I lose interest in a levels or uni because although I don’t hate/dislike biology, I don’t extremely love it. It’s okay but the unit on inheritance and dna is so fascinating which made me consider genetics.

I achieve high grades overall with 9 on my last biology mock, 8 on chemistry, 7 maths and 9 history. I know I can manage theses subjects at A Levels it’s just do most people interested in genetics study biology or biochemistry before masters in genetics. Because I don’t think that’s for me atm


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Thank you. I have looked at different university and it seems like Genetics is mostly studied at master degree level or phd. Why is that? For example Cambridge doesn’t offer genetics at undergraduate and that was the uni I wanted to go to.

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Hmm, most likely because at undergraduate there isn't much you can do with your degree if I'm being honest. Just having an undergraduate for genetics won't allow you to enter the field that easily, you'll need at least a masters. It seems like you want to actually do genetics after your degree, so you'll definitely need a masters or more. This tends to be the case with biological sciences. An integrated masters is an extra year and you still get full student finance so it's not a bad choice! What are you thinking of this?
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Thank you. I have looked at different university and it seems like Genetics is mostly studied at master degree level or phd. Why is that? For example Cambridge doesn’t offer genetics at undergraduate and that was the uni I wanted to go to.

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Hmm, most likely because at undergraduate there isn't much you can do with your degree if I'm being honest. Just having an undergraduate for genetics won't allow you to enter the field that easily, you'll need at least a masters. It seems like you want to actually do genetics after your degree, so you'll definitely need a masters or more. This tends to be the case with biological sciences. An integrated masters is an extra year and you still get full student finance so it's not a bad choice! What are you thinking of this?
Thanks so much for you reply. This is the first I actually asked a question so thanks

If I study genetics at Bsc level yes I would like to go in to Masters and even phd. I’m mostly concerned about genetics at undergraduate as it doesn’t seem as popular at that level. Correct me if I’m wrong.

Can I ask what your plans are after your degree?
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Thanks so much for you reply. This is the first I actually asked a question so thanks

If I study genetics at Bsc level yes I would like to go in to Masters and even phd. I’m mostly concerned about genetics at undergraduate as it doesn’t seem as popular at that level. Correct me if I’m wrong.

Can I ask what your plans are after your degree?
Okay welllllllllll, this is going to sound weird but I don't have genetics as my firm choice (like ucas first choice). I have chemical engineering conditional offer as my firm and a genetics offer as my backup.
My future plans entail studying chemical engineering and working in sustainability however when I wanted to study genetics, I planned to study genetic disease, it really interests me a lot, how about you? Do you know what you want to go into? There is a lot in genetics! Like you could do population genetics, genetic disease research, or perhaps something different. It's a massive field and there are a lot of different paths you could take.
To be honest, I'm not too sure why it's not that popular at undergraduate but most likely because people just prefer to take biological sciences like biochemistry. I believe that genetics is really relevant to today and new medicine development so I highly highly recommend studying it. Actually, I've attended a lecture by one of the lecturers at Cambridge, Dr. Giles Yeo. He specialises in obesity genetics and I must say, he was very engaging and funny, really got me interested in the field!
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Okay welllllllllll, this is going to sound weird but I don't have genetics as my firm choice (like ucas first choice). I have chemical engineering conditional offer as my firm and a genetics offer as my backup.
My future plans entail studying chemical engineering and working in sustainability however when I wanted to study genetics, I planned to study genetic disease, it really interests me a lot, how about you? Do you know what you want to go into? There is a lot in genetics! Like you could do population genetics, genetic disease research, or perhaps something different. It's a massive field and there are a lot of different paths you could take.
To be honest, I'm not too sure why it's not that popular at undergraduate but most likely because people just prefer to take biological sciences like biochemistry. I believe that genetics is really relevant to today and new medicine development so I highly highly recommend studying it. Actually, I've attended a lecture by one of the lecturers at Cambridge, Dr. Giles Yeo. He specialises in obesity genetics and I must say, he was very engaging and funny, really got me interested in the field!
I’m interested in genetic disease and inheritance. Is it advisable to study biomedical science/biology/biochemistry first instead of genetics? Thankssss
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I’m interested in genetic disease and inheritance. Is it advisable to study biomedical science/biology/biochemistry first instead of genetics? Thankssss
I believe that if you're sure you want to go into genetics, choose that! Some unis are flexible and allow you to switch between different biological science specialties (in the university of Edinburgh you choose the modules you want to study and it kind of builds into one of the options).
You've got this, firstly smash those gcses (congrats on the great grades).
Also one thing, it might seem random but do not underestimate alevels, people told me this at the time and i brushed it off and now i have to learn all my content from scratch. TO be honest it's not the worst because im better at self teaching than being taught but still long.
It's good thank you're asking questions early,if you know what you want to do, it makes your life a lot easier when it comes to applying, but make sure not to close your mind off to anything else because things change in life!
Good luck, im wishing you the best
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I believe that if you're sure you want to go into genetics, choose that! Some unis are flexible and allow you to switch between different biological science specialties (in the university of Edinburgh you choose the modules you want to study and it kind of builds into one of the options).
You've got this, firstly smash those gcses (congrats on the great grades).
Also one thing, it might seem random but do not underestimate alevels, people told me this at the time and i brushed it off and now i have to learn all my content from scratch. TO be honest it's not the worst because im better at self teaching than being taught but still long.
It's good thank you're asking questions early,if you know what you want to do, it makes your life a lot easier when it comes to applying, but make sure not to close your mind off to anything else because things change in life!
Good luck, im wishing you the best
Thank you so much. I am interested in genetics but I think I’ll take biomedical science first. Yeah I like to plan ahead, makes everything easier. Thanksss
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