Coventry University: Molecular Biology

InstitutionCoventry University View institution profile
Department School of Health
Study type Taught


The post-genomic era has transformed life sciences with the result that many different branches of biology in both the academic and industrial sectors now make use of molecular biology skills. Increasingly, we rely on analyses at the molecular level to drive developments and breakthroughs – for example using gene editing and stem cell therapy for the treatment of cancer. This Master’s course is designed to meet the continual need for professionals with strong molecular biology expertise capable of understanding and utilising the latest technical advances in the field. It is intended for life science graduates from both home and overseas courses who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in biosciences with an emphasis on molecular biology. Developing confidence, independence, practical skills and knowledge, the aim of the course is to produce scientists who will be able to contribute to a range of careers including academic, commercial, industrial and healthcare applications of molecular biology. You will have the opportunity to study a broad range of Molecular Biology at a theoretical and a practical level. This includes opportunities to gain hands-on experience of molecular biology techniques, as well as develop a range of transferrable and research skills that will expand your knowledge and enhance your employment potential. You will study a broad range of molecular biology at a theoretical and a practical level, gaining a deeper understanding of the molecular principles underlying the biology of selected diseases (including inherited cancers) and microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts. A core focus will be genome structure, regulation and transfer and the implications for DNA technology. You’ll be taught by an experienced academic teaching team who bring their professional and research expertise into their teaching through the use of contemporary clinical case studies as the basis for problem based learning activities. Furthermore a number of academics have industrial links to give further insight from this sector.There is a focus on developing laboratory and other scientific skills, so laboratory sessions form a substantial component of the learning experience. You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of molecular biology and key experimental techniques, developing essential experimental, data handling and reporting skills required in biological and other careers.
If you choose to apply for the extended ‘With Professional Experience’ route, you will have the opportunity to gain substantive professional experience and have the option of applying for an internship with a host of different organisations or participate in supervised, campus-based projects. Previous experiences including working for with Seven Trent Water, Warwick Ventures and Inocardia.

- Industrial links with local companies such as Inocardia, BioCote and LyteGro.

- Teaching links with the local National Health Service (NHS) cardiac rehabilitation team and with staff in hospital diagnostic laboratories.

- High levels of student satisfaction for ‘Biology and related Sciences’

- Guest lecturers from current practitioners in the pharmaceutical industry, laboratory research and other jobs in science in areas including pharmacogenomics, neuropharmacology, pharmacovigilance and drug transport and development.

- Research-inspired teaching with input from experts in our Sports, Life and Exercise Sciences research centre (CSELS), which focuses on the themes of: cellular and molecular biosciences; biological systems, health and disease; and physical activity, exercise and obesity.

- Access to a well-equipped suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience using industry standard techniques, such as flow cytometry, mass spectrometry, high performance liquid chromatography, and confocal microscopy.


Coventry University

Coventry University is a dynamic university that provides high quality education to students. Our teaching, staff, facilities and student experience have all been recognised as being among the finest in the sector and our future is looking bright as a modern university with a flourishing global reputation.

Why choose Coventry University?

  • Top 15 for five years running in the Guardian University Guide (2016-2020)
  • Awarded University of the Year for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • 1st for Overseas Experiences (based on student trips abroad from HESA 2016/17 data)
  • Gold for outstanding teaching ...

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