Undergraduate

Genetics

Studying this major conveys profound knowledge on the function and inheritance of genes, preparing you for jobs in biotechnology, medicine, food production and environmental conservation.
80
ATAR

Careers and further study

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

Career Pathways

UWA is Western Australia’s top ranked University, and is one of the Group of Eight leading research universities in Australia. UWA’s Life Science/ Biology disciplines, including Genetics, are particularly renowned nationally and internationally and rank amongst the world’s best 100 in their subject area.

Studying Genetics at UWA will open doors to a range of possible careers. Genetics graduates can get jobs in biotechnology, drug development and food production. Molecular geneticists find jobs in genomics laboratories in public and private research institutes, hospitals, and in broader public health, as well as in agriculture and breeding. Population geneticists are needed in healthcare, wildlife conservation and ecological management, using large amounts of genomics data. Outside the laboratory, jobs include patent law and policy-making. Geneticists take on sales and marketing roles in the medical, research and pharmaceutical industries. With their specialist knowledge in inheritance and genomics, geneticists can also become valued science journalists and science communicators or science educators. A UWA Genetics major is a starting point for more specialised industry-specific courses such as bioinformatics, applied quantitative genetics, statistical genetics or genetic counselling. Many genetics graduates do a higher degree by research such as a Master or PhD, so that they can reach more senior positions in research and development in academia and/ or industry.

To prepare you for these diverse career pathways, UWA’s unique degree structure provides you with the widest range of specialisation options amongst Western Australian universities. For example, it is possible to combine your major in Genetics with a second major in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology, Agricultural Sciences, Botany, Anatomy and Human Biology, Zoology, or do a double major in Molecular Life Sciences. You can use your personal interests as a basis for your choice of subjects to study, and ultimately, to direct your career. A tailor-made UWA major in Genetics will empower you to become the next leader in future-proof fields, such as biotechnology, synthetic biology, biomedicine or science communication.

Geneticists are highly sought-after by a range of international, Australian and WA-based* companies and institutions:

• Pharmaceutical/ medical device companies (e.g. CareDx*, CSL, Pfizer, Abbvie, GlaxoSmithKline)
• Agricultural breeding companies (e.g. Australian Grain Technologies, Intergrain*)
• Biotechnology companies (e.g. Ozgene*, PYC Therapeutics*, Dimerix*, Novozyme, IDT Australia, Life Cykel, Qiagen, Roche)
• Molecular diagnostics laboratories (e.g. Pathwest*, Safe Work Laboratories*, Precision Oncology*, Mater Pathology)
• Research Centres (e.g. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)*, Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, Telethon Kids Institute*, Ingham Institute, Garvan Institute for Medical Research)
• Provisioners of scientific instrumentation (e.g. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Westlab, LabGear Australia)
• Genetic counselling services (Government/State, e.g. WA Health*)
• Government agencies (Primary Industries and Regional Development*)
• World Health Organisation
• Top ranked universities around the world

With a UWA Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics you will be prepared to help these companies and institutions in solving humanity’s greatest challenges:

• Fighting infectious diseases, such as COVID-19 and drug-resistant bacteria
• Developing treatments for heritable diseases and cancer
• Extending and improving quality of life
• Providing food and water for the world’s ever-growing population
• Understanding and adapting to climate change
• Producing sustainable, bio-based materials
• Preserving our planet’s amazing biodiversity

UWA is Western Australia’s top ranked University, and is one of the Group of Eight leading research universities in Australia. UWA’s Life Science/ Biology disciplines, including Genetics, are particularly renowned nationally and internationally and rank amongst the world’s best 100 in their subject area.

Studying Genetics at UWA will open doors to a range of possible careers. Genetics graduates can get jobs in biotechnology, drug development and food production. Molecular geneticists find jobs in genomics laboratories in public and private research institutes, hospitals, and in broader public health, as well as in agriculture and breeding. Population geneticists are needed in healthcare, wildlife conservation and ecological management, using large amounts of genomics data. Outside the laboratory, jobs include patent law and policy-making. Geneticists take on sales and marketing roles in the medical, research and pharmaceutical industries. With their specialist knowledge in inheritance and genomics, geneticists can also become valued science journalists and science communicators or science educators. A UWA Genetics major is a starting point for more specialised industry-specific courses such as bioinformatics, applied quantitative genetics, statistical genetics or genetic counselling. Many genetics graduates do a higher degree by research such as a Master or PhD, so that they can reach more senior positions in research and development in academia and/ or industry.

To prepare you for these diverse career pathways, UWA’s unique degree structure provides you with the widest range of specialisation options amongst Western Australian universities. For example, it is possible to combine your major in Genetics with a second major in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology, Agricultural Sciences, Botany, Anatomy and Human Biology, Zoology, or do a double major in Molecular Life Sciences. You can use your personal interests as a basis for your choice of subjects to study, and ultimately, to direct your career. A tailor-made UWA major in Genetics will empower you to become the next leader in future-proof fields, such as biotechnology, synthetic biology, biomedicine or science communication.

Geneticists are highly sought-after by a range of international, Australian and WA-based* companies and institutions:

• Pharmaceutical/ medical device companies (e.g. CareDx*, CSL, Pfizer, Abbvie, GlaxoSmithKline)
• Agricultural breeding companies (e.g. Australian Grain Technologies, Intergrain*)
• Biotechnology companies (e.g. Ozgene*, PYC Therapeutics*, Dimerix*, Novozyme, IDT Australia, Life Cykel, Qiagen, Roche)
• Molecular diagnostics laboratories (e.g. Pathwest*, Safe Work Laboratories*, Precision Oncology*, Mater Pathology)
• Research Centres (e.g. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)*, Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, Telethon Kids Institute*, Ingham Institute, Garvan Institute for Medical Research)
• Provisioners of scientific instrumentation (e.g. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Westlab, LabGear Australia)
• Genetic counselling services (Government/State, e.g. WA Health*)
• Government agencies (Primary Industries and Regional Development*)
• World Health Organisation
• Top ranked universities around the world

With a UWA Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics you will be prepared to help these companies and institutions in solving humanity’s greatest challenges:

• Fighting infectious diseases, such as COVID-19 and drug-resistant bacteria
• Developing treatments for heritable diseases and cancer
• Extending and improving quality of life
• Providing food and water for the world’s ever-growing population
• Understanding and adapting to climate change
• Producing sustainable, bio-based materials
• Preserving our planet’s amazing biodiversity

Salary Information

As a geneticist you can expect an annual salary of $100,000 (+ bonus) as the average across all industries and experience levels, with a salary growth of ~2.0% per year. 
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Further Study

By undertaking Honours in Genetics, you will develop an understanding of the research process and your abilities to conduct independent research. You will acquire training and practice in skills such as experimental methods, problem solving, literature searching, data analysis, computing, team building, and written and oral communication. Subjects include Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics, Advanced Techniques in Molecular Sciences and others.
By undertaking Honours in Genetics, you will develop an understanding of the research process and your abilities to conduct independent research. You will acquire training and practice in skills such as experimental methods, problem solving, literature searching, data analysis, computing, team building, and written and oral communication. Subjects include Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics, Advanced Techniques in Molecular Sciences and others.

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

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Course Credit Points
144
Average Annual Fee - 2020
$9,094.47
Typical Fee Range - 2020
$6,684.00 - $11,155.00

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

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2019
$113,400.00
Total Course Fee - 2020
$115,800.00

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 this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.

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.

Chemistry / biology requirement

Applicants are recommended to have completed Chemistry ATAR and Biology ATAR / Human Biology ATAR.

International students commencing in semester 2 must have completed Biology ATAR and Chemistry ATAR or equivalent to be admitted.

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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 as well as skills in oral and written communication.

About the course

Your studies in genetics involve the analysis of DNA and the many ways in which it is expressed. This major delivers a broad overview of the universal principles, potentials and problems associated with DNA-based life, and provides you with the essential skills of a geneticist. 
Genetics

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Albany (Regional campus)
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
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 2021
Locations
  • Albany (Regional campus)
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
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 Science
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Faculty
  • Faculty of Science

Course Structure

Our undergraduate degrees offer you a broad range of options allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests.

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ALUMNI STORY

Rachel Standing

 

"I studied a double undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce at UWA, with majors in population health, genetics and management. In 2012, I completed an Honours project in autism genetics as a collaborative research project between UWA and the Telethon Kids Institute.

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This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor's degrees.

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