Cell and Molecular Biology (C7003)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

Despite the diversity of life, the molecular mechanisms that ensure the flow of genetic information from one generation to the next are remarkably consistent.

The module will build your understanding of fundamental mechanisms, such as DNA replication, transcription and translation – including their role in the cell cycle – as well as the structure and function of chromosomes and chromatin.

This module integrates asystematic dissection of a eukaryotic cell with lectures on the nucleus, membrane architecture and permeability, and the secretory apparatus.

You’ll focus on the role of key proteins in regulating specific cellular functions and experimental techniques used to study cellular processes.


48%: Lecture (Lecture, Post-lab)
52%: Practical (Laboratory, Practical, Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Problem set)
70%: Examination (Multiple choice questions)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 38 hours of contact time and about 112 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: