Molecular Genetics

Course Introduction

The Molecular Genetics degree course provides knowledge and training in understanding how genetic information influences the processes of life in healthy and diseased organisms.

This degree focuses on the new genetic technologies that advance our understanding of genetic mechanisms and gene expression in model organisms, plants and higher animals. You will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of genetics and the basis of human genetic disease. During the course, you will also train in laboratory techniques, experimental design, data analysis and presentation.

This course forms part of the suite of ‘Common Year one’ courses within the School of Bioscience Education. These comprise Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology; Biochemistry; Biomedical Science; Medical Physiology; Molecular Genetics; Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics. Once you have successfully completed year one, you can choose to switch to any other course within this suite.

In year two you may also choose to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, or to undertake an extra-mural or work placement, usually at a leading biomedicine employer.

Alternatively, after the ‘Common Year 1’ course, you can apply to transfer to one of our four-year MSci courses: Biochemistry MSci; Molecular Genetics MSci; Neuroscience MSci; Pharmacology MSci; or Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research MSci.


Teaching on this course takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through practical laboratory work. The rest of your time will be spent on self-study, including reading, research and writing assignments.

Study abroad

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for your second year at one of our partner universities, which currently include:

The University of Melbourne, Australia

The University of California

The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

You may be required to fulfil additional entry requirements for this option.

Extra-mural Year

Alternatively, you may apply for an extra-mural year, to be taken between the second and third years if selected. Students apply directly to placement providers through a process facilitated by the university. Placements, either in the UK or overseas, may be in a pharmaceutical company, a government research establishment or academic research institute. Courses incorporating the extra-mural year are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

Course accreditation

In recognition of its focus on research and academic excellence, our Molecular Genetics with extra-mural year BSc has been given Degree Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Graduates of an accredited course can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Member (MRSB) level after just one year of practice, rather than the usual three years. This will allow you to attain the qualifications of Chartered Biologist or Chartered Scientist two years earlier than graduates from other degree courses.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses, both on the South Bank of the Thames, putting you at the heart of everything London has to offer in terms of academic resources and also close to its social and entertainment attractions.

Start Date


Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon) £9,250 Home Fees

Qualifications Required

  • IELTS (Academic) -- 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill
  • PTE Academic -- 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in each skill
  • TOEFL (iBT) -- 92 overall with 23 in writing and 20 in the other skills
  • Cambridge English Advanced -- 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill
  • Cambridge English Proficiency -- 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill
  • Trinity ISE -- Level III (ISEIII) with pass in each skill
  • Institution's Own Test -- Pass the King's Pre-Sessional English Language Programme with Band 6.5