Biomedical Molecular Genetics

The molecular genetics of health and disease. Topics include DNA structure, replication and repair, gene structure and gene expression. Methods used to study and manipulate genes will be explored, and these concepts applied to understanding the molecular basis of disease, diagnostic testing and development of modern treatment strategies. A lecture and problem-based course, complemented by practical laboratory experience.

Course code

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The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.




Course planning information

Course notes

All assessments are compulsory.

Prerequisite courses

Complete first
162101 and (123101 or 123104 or 123103(A))

You need to complete the above course or courses before moving onto this one.


Choose just one

The courses listed above have similar content to this one meaning you can only enrol in this course or one of the listed courses. Only one of the courses can be credited towards your qualification.

General progression requirements

You must complete at least 45 credits from 100-level before enrolling in 200-level courses.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Describe and explain the structure of DNA and RNA and the major molecular mechanisms involved in DNA replication and repair.
  • 2 Describe and explain the structure of genes in eukaryotes and prokaryotes and how genes are expressed and regulated in E.coli.
  • 3 Describe basic experimental tools that are used to study and manipulate DNA in vitro and explain how these tools are applied in procedures such as DNA sequencing, genetic diagnosis and expression of proteins.
  • 4 Explain the molecular events that link genotype to disease phenotype and describe advances in molecular genetics leading to improved diagnosis and disease therapies.
  • 5 Design simple experimental strategies and carry out experimental techniques relevant to the study of genes and the expression and analysis of gene products.
  • 6 Present and interpret data and solve numerical and theoretical problems relevant to molecular genetics.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Exam College/GRS-based (not centrally scheduled) 1 2 15%
Test 1 2 3 5 6 20%
Portfolio 1 2 3 4 5 6 15%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 50%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.

Highly recommended


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