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Department of Genetics

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The Part II Genetics Course Booklet for IB students for 2021/22 will be available  here to download. It provides detailed information about the course structure, qualifications for admission, and how to apply.


Why choose Genetics for Part II?

When asked what were the most important aspects of the course for them personally, 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 20-30 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 four modules, and take part in the problem solving/ data handling and journal sessions. You will also undertake a research project [wet and/or dry] 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 will take the four Genetics modules, together with another paper [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 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

The Human Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology module [BBS code 120] and  the Evolutionary Genetics and Adaptation module [BBS 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 module in Bioinformatics as a minor subject [code 128].  More information about the module can be found here.



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


More Information

More about the Part II Genetics course can be found HERE, but even further detail is represented in the Part II Genetics Brochure for IB students.  Download the pdf here. 

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


If you have a question that is not answered by the Part II Genetics brochure, please email Amy Glover, Undergraduate Teaching Administrator.