Core Skills in Molecular and Cellular Biology 4X core BIOL4034

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Molecular Biosciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in molecular & cellular biosciences. 


There are normally 3 hours of contact on Mondays, as arranged.

Requirements of Entry

Normally, only available to final-year Life Sciences students in a Molecular & Cellular Biology programme (including with Biotechnology and with Plant Science). Visiting students may be allowed to enrol, at the discretion of the Life Sciences Chief Adviser and the Course Coordinator. 

Excluded Courses



The course will be assessed by a 2-hour examination (75%) and in-course assessment consisting of a take-home written assignment (25%). 

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aim of the option is to provide students with the fundamental knowledge, and to introduce them to key concepts, necessary to engage in molecular & cellular biosciences. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

■ Discuss current approaches and methodologies undertaken by researchers in molecular and cellular biology;

■ Apply advanced core molecular and cellular biology principals to key questions in the field; 

■ Evaluate the advantages and limitations of commonly used techniques in molecular and cellular biology;

■ Evaluate the relative merits of using different experimental systems to address key questions in the field.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.