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Essential Molecular Biology

Course title: Essential Molecular Biology

Sub-title: Essential Laboratory Skills in Molecular Biology

Duration: one day, 0900-1700

Location: University of Oxford/Oxford Brookes University Teaching Labs

Dates: April and August. One-to-one tuition is also available.

Open to: UK and international students

Cost: £395 (student) | £595 (academic) | £895 (industry)

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Introduction: This intensive 1-day training course is aimed at providing students with basic theoretical and practical skills for working in a molecular biology laboratory, giving them the confidence to work safely in a laboratory. In addition to getting theoretical background, the students will have the opportunity to use and familiarise themselves with several essential laboratory equipment.

Provisional course topics:

  • Laboratory safety gear
  • Biosafety and green laboratory practices
  • Maintaining laboratory records
  • Weighing and measuring
  • Correct usage of pipetting/micropipetting tools
  • Preparing stock and working solutions
  • Genomic and plasmid DNA preparation
  • Restriction endonuclease digestion
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Agarose gel electrophoresis
  • Data interpretation

How will this course be taught?

The day will include two brief refreshment breaks and a lunch break, and will be split approximately 20:80 between taught and practical content, respectively. The course will be headed by a course director, who will be assisted by graduate/postdoctoral junior tutors, actively involved in research and teaching at the University of Oxford, Oxford hospitals and Oxford Brookes University. We aim to have one tutor for every 5-6 students to provide individual attention and guidance.

Certificate: All students will receive a certificate of attendance, and a transcript detailing the topics covered in theoretical and lab sessions.

Letter of Reference: We will also be happy to provide students a letter of reference, on request.

Who should attend this course?

  • A-level students and prospective undergraduates
  • Bioinformatics students/researchers
  • Students doing a distance learning/Open University degree
  • Medical students
  • Doctors intending to work in a lab
  • Undergraduates/graduates looking for a laboratory position or starting an honours project
  • Students planning to pursue a career in medicine or a biomedical discipline
  • Industry sales/marketing representatives, managers and administrators interested in understanding how a laboratory works


  • English proficiency equivalent to IELTS level 5.5 (modest-competent user) or above (IELTS test certificate/score is not required)


  • We recommend that you have studied or are studying biology/human biology/chemistry at high school level. However, we can also tailor this course for those without a biology/chemistry background.

Course Overview

Location: Oxford, UK
Maximum intake:
25 students
Group size: 5-6 students/tutor
Open to: UK and international students
Ages: 16 years and over
Teaching method: Lectures and laboratory sessions
Course dates: On-demand (subject to availability)

  • £395 (student)
  • £595 (academic)
  • £895 (industry)


  • Tutoring
  • Teaching material
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Letter of reference, if needed
  • Membership of OxonLab alumni network
  • Chance of becoming an OxonLab Ambassador and/or Consultant


  • Air, taxi and public transport travel
  • Refreshments/lunch
  • Medical and personal insurance
  • Visa fee
  • Anything not explicitly stated