UCL Biosciences

1st Year Students 2015

Will you be starting a new undergraduate course in UCL Biosciences this September?

For further information, including induction week timetables and joining instructions, please see our Undergraduate Induction Week webpages.

IBSc Genetics/Human Genetics (UCL Medical Students Only)



Genetics is becoming more and more important in many areas of clinical medicine. Within the next few years all health professionals will be expected to have a rigorous understanding of the contribution of genetic variation to health and disease.

The integrated degree in ‘Medical Sciences with Human Genetics’ at UCL is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom and has been universally popular since its introduction. The importance of genetic knowledge in Primary Care has been accepted by the Department of Health. General Practitioners with a special interest in genetics have been recruited, and it is now accepted that all primary care health professionals have a working knowledge of genetics. The rapidly developing field of pharmacogenetics will have a significant impact on prescribing and patient care, across the whole of medicine. 

What you will study

Students who undertake our IBSc degrees select from a variety of modules within the Division of  Biosciences and the Division of Infection and Immunity.  Modules are also available from the Institute of Child Health and other affiliated Institutes.

One of the key areas of the IBSc programme is undertaking a laboratory project, which is 1.5cu of your IBSc year.  Projects are available from a wide range of staff, and this is often the module that IBSc students enjoy the most.

IBSc Genetics Modules

Core Modules:

Plus one project from:

Plus further optional modules from a wide choice

IBSc Human Genetics Modules

Core Modules:

  • BIOL2006 Introduction to Genetics
  • BIOL3011 Advanced Human Genetics (2): Complex Disorders
  • BIOL3013 Advanced Human Genetics (1): Single Gene Disorders

Plus one project from:

Plus further optional modules from a wide choice

Further information

For further information on how to apply, please see the Medical School Application page

For further information on the programme please contact:

IBSc Genetics/Human Genetics Tutor: Dr James MacKay, Email: j.mackay@ucl.ac.uk, Tel: +44(0)207 679 5105

IBSc Genetics/Human Genetics Administrator: Antonella Silvestro, Email: a.silvestro@ucl.ac.uk, Tel: +44(0)207 679 1330