Molecular Methods and Experimental Design

Module code: MB7402

Module co-ordinator: Dr Howard Pringle

Module Outline

In this module, tutorials, lectures and laboratory classes will provide students with the core competencies required of research scientists in the biosciences. They will be taught how to design experiments and the theoretical and practical components of common molecular biology techniques.

The laboratory skills covered include cellular and molecular methods to investigate cellular function, genetic variation and gene expression. In addition to the laboratory programme, students will also be trained in:

  • Biostatistics
  • The skills required for effective oral and poster presentations
  • Utilising on-line genetic sequence databases
  • Management of the scientific literature


  • Multiple choice exam, 90 minutes (50%)
  • Bioinformatics analysis, 1,500 words (10%)
  • Data analysis and interpretation (Cloning lab report), 1,000 words (20%)
  • Statistical methods and appraisal, 1,200 words (20%)