Molecular Biology and its Applications

Genetic analysis and gene cloning, DNA fingerprinting and forensics, genomics and computational approaches to genetics.


  • BSc Biochemistry, BSc Medical Biochemistry, BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Human Biology


Year Two

10 Credits

This second-year core module will build on first-year training and aims to develop an understanding of molecular biology, its empirical bases, and its applications in modern biological science.

The module will:

  • Introduce advanced techniques in molecular biology;
  • Develop an understanding of the diverse applications of this technology across the range of the Biological Sciences;
  • Provide hands-on experience of basic cloning and molecular biology techniques; Provide experience of more advanced techniques through computer-simulation;
  • Give experience of student-based learning through the use of a computer-based practical;
  • Build a sound theoretical basis on which teaching in the second and third years can build in all areas of biology.


Lectures, Practical Classes and workshops, student-centred learning


Exam (67%), Coursework (33%)