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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Genetics)

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  • Objectives
    On completion of this course students should have achieved: * A broad knowledge in the field of genetics; * A capacity to use experimentation in genetics to understand aspects of biology; and * A capacity to integrate various theoretical and experimental approaches to problems in genetics.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Genetics)
  • Course description
    The coursework and research components of this Postgraduate Diploma in Science enable students to further their knowledge in the following areas: classical genetics; the history of genetics; population and evolutionary genetics; ecological genetics; molecular genetics; and developmental genetics. Typical research projects study aspects of heavy metal detoxification mechanisms in plants and animals; copper metabolism in mammals and the role of copper in neurodegenerative diseases; gene regulation in fungi;; the ecological, evolutionary and molecular genetics of insecticide resistance; evolutionary genetics; and developmental genetics.

    Course structure

    Genetics Research Project (62.5 Points)

    Content: An original, supervised research project.

    Assessment: A research report of 40 pages (excluding figures, tables and appendices).

    An oral exam.

    An assessment of research performance.

    Genetics Advanced Coursework (37.5 Points)

    Content: Lectures and discussions on advanced topics in genetics.

    Up to 25 points of appropriate Bachelor of Science subjects as required by the Head of Department.

    Assessment: An essay on the background area of the research project (3000 word maximum). A written exam and a journal club presentation on the lecture topics.

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