Undergraduate

Genetics

Genetics is the study of biologically inherited traits as diverse as those that cause human disease, allow a rare plant to live in a single isolated location or result in a desirable characteristic of a domestic animal used in agriculture.
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Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career opportunities.

Career Pathways

This major is your pathway to a global career as a geneticist. A geneticist can be a researcher in medicine, molecular biology and genetics; a physician who has specialised training in genetics; a genetic counsellor; a plant or animal breeder; an ecologist or work in pharmacology and various other specialities.
This major is your pathway to a global career as a geneticist. A geneticist can be a researcher in medicine, molecular biology and genetics; a physician who has specialised training in genetics; a genetic counsellor; a plant or animal breeder; an ecologist or work in pharmacology and various other specialities.
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Further Study

Further study opportunities are available at honours or postgraduate level, including master's and graduate diploma options. Postgraduate study options include Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases (http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/courses/graduate-diploma-in-infectious-diseases), Master of Infectious Diseases (http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/courses/master-of-infectious-diseases-coursework-dissertation) or Master of Agricultural Science (http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/courses/master-of-agricultural-science-coursework), Master of Forensic Science (http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/courses/master-of-forensic-science-research), Master of Biotechnology (http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/courses/master-of-biotechnology), Master of Biomedical Science (http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/courses/master-of-biomedical-science), Master of Science Communication (http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/courses/master-of-science-communication). There are also options including biochemist, environmental consultant or zoologist.
Further study opportunities are available at honours or postgraduate level, including master's and graduate diploma options. Postgraduate study options include Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases (http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/courses/graduate-diploma-in-infectious-diseases), Master of Infectious Diseases (http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/courses/master-of-infectious-diseases-coursework-dissertation) or Master of Agricultural Science (http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/courses/master-of-agricultural-science-coursework), Master of Forensic Science (http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/courses/master-of-forensic-science-research), Master of Biotechnology (http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/courses/master-of-biotechnology), Master of Biomedical Science (http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/courses/master-of-biomedical-science), Master of Science Communication (http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/courses/master-of-science-communication). There are also options including biochemist, environmental consultant or zoologist.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this major. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or your desired course.

Domestic Fees

Undergraduate – Commonwealth supported students

Course Credit Points
144
Annual Credit Points
48
Average Annual Fee - 2018
$8,712.00
Typical Fee Range - 2018
$7,699.00 - $9,098.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Undergraduate – onshore students

Course Credit Points
144
Annual Credit Points
48
Annual Fee - 2016
$35,000.00
Total Course Fee - 2016
$105,000.00
Annual Fee - 2017
$36,500.00
Total Course Fee - 2017
$109,500.00
Annual Fee - 2018
$37,800.00
Total Course Fee - 2018
$113,400.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for UWA bachelor’s degrees with a required Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 80.00.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for school-leaver entry to UWA you are required to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education and obtain the minimum ATAR to gain a place in your chosen degree.

Mathematics requirement

This major requires a certain level of Mathematics. If you do not meet this level, you may be able to take additional Mathematics units in your first year to satisfy this requirement.

WACE prerequisite: Mathematics Applications ATAR

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

This course provides you with a broad overview of the universal principles, potentials and problems associated with DNA-based life. You'll learn how traits are inherited, how genetic processes control development and diseases and how and why genomes are studied. Through a combination of hands-on laboratory sessions, teamwork, interactive tutorials and theoretical foundations, you'll develop skills in critical thinking, experimental design, data analysis and interpretation and in oral and written communication. Many of these skills are transferable to other science disciplines and are highly applicable in many non-science careers.

About The Course

Your studies in Genetics involve the analysis of DNA and the many ways in which it is expressed. This major is your pathway to a career as a geneticist and to pursue further studies at honours or postgraduate level.
Genetics

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2017
Locations
  • Albany (selected Level 1 units)
  • Perth
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 16-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-GENET
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BBiomedSc), 4 years (BBiomedSc[Hons])
Genetics
Status
  • Available 2017
Locations
  • Albany (selected Level 1 units)
  • Perth
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 16-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-GENET
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BBiomedSc), 4 years (BBiomedSc[Hons])
TISC Codes
  • UWBPH
  • UWSBM
Honours Available
  • Yes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Faculty
  • Faculty of Science

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