Research and Professional Skills II: Genetics & Biochemistry (X2104)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This interdisciplinary module will develop the research and employability skills that are in high demand in the workplace.

You will build on your data handling skills, progressing to the manipulation and interpretation of high-throughput sequencing data. The widespread applications of these skills include:

  • genetic regulation
  • gene discovery
  • cancer biology
  • epidemiology.

You will also develop research skills in experimental design, laboratory competence and scientific report writing through lab sessions (including a mini-project). This will prepare you for your independent research project in Year 3.

You will also have the chance to initiate and develop a project, expanding your wider employability skill set.


17%: Lecture (Lecture, Pre-lab)
52%: Practical (Practical, Workshop)
31%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Media production, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 36 hours of contact time and about 114 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: