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Course Overview

This is an introductory course in molecular biology basics for all taught postgraduate programmes with a molecular biology content. It aims to ensure that PG taught course students, with diverse educational backgrounds, on programmes with a substantial molecular biology content, have an adequate knowledge of the basic concepts and techniques of molecular biology. There is a practical element with this course.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Allison Carrington

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of MRes Drug Discovery (Studied) or MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology (Studied) or MSc Drug Discovery and Development (Studied) or Master Of Science In Genetics And Human Nutrition (Studied) or MSc Immunology (Studied) or MSc Bio-Business and Medical Sciences (Studied) or MSc Genetics (Studied) or MSc Microbiology (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • MB5015 Molecular Biology Basics (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Twelve lectures on the basics of genome structure/genetic mapping, gene expression, analytical methods such as cloning and PCR, and protein structure and function. One tutorial/problem solving session covering topics related to the practical classes. Cloning practical: use restriction enzymes to digest DNA, analyse using gel electrophoresis, ligate into appropriate vector and transfect competent cells to amplify DNA and plasmid. Use appropriate selection methods to select successfully transfected cells. Analyse structure of recombinant DNA isolated from clones.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MRes Drug Discovery
  • MSc Drug Discovery and Development
  • MSc Genetics
  • MSc Immunology
  • MSc Microbiology
  • Master Of Science In Genetics And Human Nutrition

Contact Teaching Time

40 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st attempt: 30% coursework (practical lab report); 70% MCQ exam. Resit: 100% MCQ exam for students taking MSc in Cell and Molecular Systems Biology (conversion course).

Formative Assessment




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