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

The Part II Genetics Course Booklet for IB students for 2019/20 has not been prepared yet. However the 2018/19 booklet, is available here to download. It provides detailed information about the course structure, qualifications for admission, and how to apply. 'Hard' info in the 2019/20 guide will probably be substantially the same.

This year our Open Day for Part II Genetics will be held on Thursday 12 March, between 2:30-4:30. Come and chat to teaching staff and current Part IIs about the course. We will also be represented at the NatSci Subject Fair on Friday 15 March.

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

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

It is also possible to take a stand-alone Part II BBS course in Bioinformatics [code 128] - see


The procedure and timetable for applying for your chosen Part II Course[s] is described on

The deadline for submitting choices though Camsis is [to be determined but circa 31 January 2019: click the link above to check exact date]

More information

More information about Part II Biological and Biomedical Sciences, including permissible subject combinations, is available on the Part II BBS website at

Information about the Erasmus Exchange Programme, through which students from participating universities in the EEC can study Part II Genetics is on


If you have a question that is not answered by the Part II Genetics brochure, please email