Practical Techniques in Cancer Cell Biology (802C2)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module will give you hands-on exposure to a number of basic molecular techniques, with specific relevance to the investigation of some of the molecular characteristics of cancer cells.

One important aim of this module is to prepare you to better undertake the Life Sciences Master of Science Research Project later in the course.

By the end of the module you should have practical and conceptual understanding of some of the basic molecular techniques used in cancer cell and molecular biology, and you should be able to produce effective and professional labortory reports and protocols.


94%: Practical (Laboratory)
6%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Presentation, Report, Software exercise)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 34 hours of contact time and about 266 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: