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The field of genetics is central to our understanding of biology, from modern developments in treating human disease to studying the evolutionary relationships between species.

Genetics is an important, exciting and wide-ranging field to study and the application of genetics in healthcare and research means the prospects for graduates have never been better. On our courses you study both genetics, at the level of a single gene or group of genes, and genomics, at the level of an organism’s entire genes – the genome. At Essex you will be part of a wide community of geneticists working in medical genetics, genomics, epigenetics and evolution, among other areas.

Why study here?
  • You study advanced, medically important topics including cancer biology and immunology.
  • Develop essential lab skills in gene manipulation, cloning and bioinformatics.
  • Gain valuable research experience by getting involved in cutting-edge project work.
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"The School of Life Sciences is great to be a part of. The lecturers are very friendly and are always ready to answer any questions you have. The modules that I’ve taken have been really varied, including an Evolutionary Psychology module. Because of this, I’ve developed interests in areas I’d never even heard of before I came to Essex, and now I’ve decided I want to go on to study palaeoanthropology at Masters level."
Jane Baston BSc Genetics
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