Research Methods in Biochemistry (C7011)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

The aim of this module is to give you a deeper understanding of the important techniques which underlie modern biochemistry.

These include methods for separation and purification, such as centrifugation, column chromatography; methods for detecting and measuring molecules, such as gel electrophoresis and scintillation counting, and methods for studying molecules, such as spectroscopy including NMR, redox potential measurement, crystallography and mass spectrometry. Theory in lectures is closely linked to practical classes and computer simulations.


40%: Lecture (Lecture, Post-lab)
60%: Practical (Laboratory)


40%: Coursework (Problem set)
60%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 40 hours of contact time and about 110 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: