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. 

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 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: