Work with the molecules that make life possible in a Genetics and Molecular Biology degree

Genetics and Molecular Biology is concerned with the structure and function of the molecules that are fundamental to life: DNA, RNA, proteins and metabolites. It provides the basis for the in depth study of organism function from genes through to phenotype, using cutting edge technologies. It also focuses on the importance of understanding the ‘omics, including genomics, as well as the software tools needed to solve problems at the molecular level. These techniques have widespread application in all aspects of modern biology, including medicine, forensic science, conservation biology and agriculture.

The Genetics and Molecular Biology major provides detailed study of modern molecular science and introduces you to the techniques associated with gene and protein expression, and genetic manipulation.

Apply your knowledge within a diverse range of industry sectors

You can choose to specialise in a range of disciplines with our double majors, which can boost your career options across a range of industries including:

  • medical science: discovering markers for diagnosing disease;
  • forensic science: using DNA profiling to catch criminals;
  • conservation biology: working against the trade in endangered species;
  • agriculture: developing new crop varieties to feed a growing population.

Learn from our dedicated teaching staff

You will be taught by award-winning academic staff, who are committed researchers with strong industry links. You will be provided with the most up-to-date knowledge and training in molecular genetics, including the techniques involved in gene technologies, through a hands-on approach in our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

Interact with our world-leading researchers

Our South Street campus hosts several world-class molecular research centres, including the WA Phenome Centre, the Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases, the State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, the Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory and the Centre for Rhizobium Studies. You will have the opportunity to interact with researchers from these centres, gaining valuable experience.

Recommended Double Majors

Biomedical Science, Clinical Laboratory Science, Conservation and Wildlife Biology, Forensic Biology and Toxicology.

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