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Studying Genetics at Pt II - a guide for Pt IB students

The Part II Genetics Course Guide for IB students for 2016/17, which  provides detailed information about the course structure, qualifications for admission, and how to apply, is available here to download; or you can pick up a copy from Reception in the Department of Genetics.

Each year the Genetics Department holds an Open Day for IB students. This is usually held around mid-March.

The 2016 Genetics Open Day is Thursday 10th March, from 2.30 - 4.30 pm.

Come and chat to staff about the course and quiz current Part IIs on their experiences. We will be offering lavish and tempting treats - cup cakes and cheese straws!

Don't worry if you cannot make Open Day in the Department - you can still pick up a brochure from Genetics reception, download it here, or find out about the course on this website. In addition, we will be represented at the Natural Sciences Subject Fair.

Why choose Genetics for Part II?

When asked what were the most important aspects of the course for them personally, departing Part II Genetics students tend to cite:

  • The broad coverage of the course, which equips Genetics graduates with the necessary skills to continue either in the same subject area, or in other scientific disciplines
  • The small size of the Department and its friendly nature, which means that the 30 or so Part II students, besides getting to know each other very well, also interact closely with lecturers and other staff members involved in the course, forming useful contacts and picking up helpful information in tea breaks!

Students can take Genetics at Part II in different ways:

  • Single subject in Part II NST

In which case you will study all five modules, and take part in the problem solving/ data handling and journal sessions. You will also undertake a research project [usually in a lab] and a literature review based on it.

Here are some recent examples of projects offered.

  • Four paper subject in Part II BBS [BBS code 414]

If you take Genetics as your Major subject for Part II BBS, you can choose any four out of the five Genetics modules, together with another paper subject [your Minor subject] and a dissertation. In addition to your four Genetics modules you will also be expected to attend the 'Social Aspects of Genetics' discussions, and the journal and problem solving / data handling sessions. For your Minor subject you can choose the fifth Genetics module, or from one of 12 other options currently available. Students choosing this route will have Genetics as their 'home' department, and have access to exactly the same facilities as single subject NST students.
For more information about BBS options see http://www.bio.cam.ac.uk/sbs/facbiol/bbs/index.html

Here are some recent examples of dissertations offered.

  • One Genetics module taken as a Part II BBS Minor subject

Modules 2 [code 119], 4 [code120] and 5 [code 121] are offered as Minor subjects to Part II BBS students who are not taking Major subject Genetics. In addition to the lectures, you will be expected to attend relevant journal and problem solving / data handling sessions. For more information about BBS options see http://www.bio.cam.ac.uk/sbs/facbiol/bbs/index.html

Applying

The procedure for applying for your chosen Part II Course[s] is described on http://www.natsci.tripos.cam.ac.uk/students/third/ii-subject-allocation/ 

>> Or download the pdf here

The deadline is 2 May 2016

More information

More information about Part II Biological and Biomedical Sciences, including permissible subject combinations, is available on the Part II BBS website at http://www.bio.cam.ac.uk/sbs/facbiol/bbs/

Information about the Erasmus Exchange Programme, through which students from participating universities in the EEC can study Part II Genetics is on http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/international/erasmus/

 

If you have a question that is not answered by the Part II Genetics brochure, please email partII.info@gen.cam.ac.uk