Postgraduate taught 

Precision Medicine (with specialisms) MSc

Research Skills for Precision Medicine BIOL5358

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will provide students with basic laboratory skills including; pipetting; molecular techniques; basic tissue culture for downstream applications (omics); simple cellular. Students will also be provided with training in collating results, statistics, data interpretation and designing a research project.


This course is made up of lectures and practical lab sessions which will take place in semester 1.

Excluded Courses





Presentation based on sequencing technology and the results from group work (20%) and lab report approx 1500 words (70%). A group mark will be awarded for the presentation that is the same for all students in the group. Students individual contribution towards group activity will be graded by peer assessment of the presentation (10%). Students are assessed individually on the lab report.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to:

■ Expose students to and provide them with the opportunity to develop generic laboratory skills required for precision medicine 

■ Help students design and prepare for their research project in precision medicine

■ Provide students with the opportunity to perform experiments and subsequently analyse, interpret and present the data generated.

■ Synthesise data and formulate a scientific lab report.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

1. Critically evaluate the basis of laboratory protocols for research methods required for Precision Medicine. 

2. Gain experience in fundamentals of molecular lab skills.

3. Critically discuss a workflow design for generating a sequencing data set.

4. Critically discuss and evaluate the results of, sequencing data sets.

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.