Module overview

This module will provide an in-depth understanding of cutting-edge technologies currently used in both basic science laboratories and clinical diagnostic laboratories for translational genetic, epigenetic and transcriptomic research. This will include case studies illustrating the use of these technologies to stratify patients for different treatment modalities. The module will cover both classical techniques such as Sanger sequencing and new technologies including semi-conductor-based sequencing (as observed in the Ion Torrent).


20 Masters level credits

Module attendance required

Optional module taken over 2 weeks.

Module dates

19 October – 30 October 2015


Summatively assessed with a 10 short answer question (SAQ) exam (2h) (60%) and with a 4000 word essay (40%).

Academics involved in the delivery of this module 

Dr Jo Morris and Dr Dan Tennant, with lecturers drawn from both the University of Birmingham and the National Health Service in order to deliver a module that teaches
both the basics of the technologies and their clinical relevance. Lectures will also be provided by bioinformaticians within the University, who will illustrate how dataset analyses can unpick the relevant biology of a disease.