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. 


71%: Practical (Laboratory)
29%: Seminar


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

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.

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 2023/24. 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.