Modern Methods in Genetics (C7151)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

In this module, you learn about the rapidly expanding use of modern molecular genetic techniques in medicine, the bioetechnology industry and basic science.

You are taught via lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions. The lectures and seminars consists of four sections:

  • defining gene function
  • investigating gene function
  • engineering new traits
  • diagnostics.

These sections cover different methods in modern genetics and demonstrate how they are being used to investigate or manipulate biological processes.

In your laboratory work, you cover fundamental aspects of Molecular Genetics which form the basis of many modern gentic experiments, giving you hands-on experience of molecular genetic techniques. 


3%: Lecture
61%: Practical (Laboratory)
36%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Problem Set, Report, Test)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 33 hours of contact time and 117 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.