Programming for Life Sciences (C7147)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Develop functional skills in computer coding in a modern structured computer language. Apply these skills to develop computer programmes that perform computations and analyses relevant to modern Life Sciences research, and data manipulation in general.

You’ll learn about key concepts in computer science as well as Python – a modern high-level computer language that is widely used in research. You’ll also take part in hands-on workshops, developing your coding skills by writing your own interactive computer programmes.


18%: Lecture
82%: Practical (Workshop)


20%: Coursework (Test)
80%: Written assessment (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 23 hours of contact time and about 127 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: