Mammalian Cell Culture - Intensive (42 CPD Credits)
2 Day Course
Available Dates

Our Mammalian Cell Culture ‘Intensive’ course is a rare opportunity to develop hands-on experience with cell culture specialists from pharmaceutical and academic research.


Mammalian Cell Culture is a highly regarded lab technique that is often requested for graduate-level researcher positions in academia and industry. Our Mammalian Cell Culture ‘Intensive’ course offers comprehensive laboratory-based tuition using a range of human and animal cell lines, thus providing a rare opportunity to pursue further education and future careers in Medicine, Pharmacology, Biology, and Biomedical Science.

This course is designed to expose graduates and postgraduates to the fundamental techniques of mammalian cell culture to help them carry out basic cell-culture techniques properly and safely. The course runs for 2 days of lab-based tuitions with experienced scientists covering the laboratory requirements and legal regulations of cell culture in the UK.

What to expect

The Mammalian Cell Culture ‘Intensive’ course runs from 9:30am – 4pm for 2 consecutive days with an hour break for lunch. We teach at a very low student to tutor ratio (5:1) meaning that students are supervised and encouraged throughout their course.

Course Content

During this course, students will work in a Class II Microbiological Safety Cabinet to perform the following techniques on both adherent and suspension cell lines.

  • Sterile media preparation.
  • Resuspension and culturing of (human and animal) cell lines from frozen stocks.
  • Passaging and feeding of cells.
  • Cryopreservation of cells.
  • Microscopic evaluation of confluence and morphology.
  • Cell counting and growth curve calculations.

Students will then have the opportunity to put these new skills into practice by establishing 96 well plate serial dilutions of their cell stocks producing the first set of data for a cell growth curve (the first step for any in-vitro assay) using the commonly used reagents MTT or Alamar Blue. This will allow students to fully understand the complexities of working with mammalian cells and the range of areas where they might be able to apply their new skills. This work will also permit students to perform their own statistical evaluation of ‘cell number’ curves and understand the limits of such assays for the prediction of activity and toxicity.

  • This course introduces all the essential skills required for cell culture however students attending any of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses must be confident and competent in a laboratory setting. Thus, a questionnaire must be completed prior to the commencement of your course to ensure you are able to meet the required competencies.
  • If you do not yet possess the necessary lab skills, you need to attend our 1 day ‘Introduction to laboratory skills’ course or the 5 days ‘Essential Laboratory Techniques’ course before commencing this course.
Learning Outcomes
  • Attendees will benefit from having hands-on laboratory experience in a state-of-the-art industry laboratory at BioGrad Education, as well as from interacting closely with our senior scientists and fellow students throughout the course period.
  • Attendees will be able to utilize lab protocols to carry out common mammalian cell culture techniques such as preparing sterile cell culture media, passaging of suspension and adherent cell lines, counting cells using the hemacytometer and the automated cell counter, freezing cells and resuspension of cell stocks, and evaluating confluence and morphology of the cells.
  • Attendees can also measure the cell viability and plot the growth curve independently.
  • Attendees can design, perform, and analyse the results of a cell-culture-based experiment.
Course Endpoint

This course provides post-graduate scientists with transferable skills and techniques in the laboratory, to progress on into jobs or research projects which involve these skills on a day-to-day basis. These skills can be utilised as tools in postgraduate research projects, it may be techniques you may have not learnt before or want to refresh on before starting a new role or research project.

Attendees will not only gain transferable laboratory skills but also valuable insights into the research opportunities and applications of these techniques.

All of our courses provide attendees with valuable insights into the range of careers and laboratory research opportunities available. We have links with many companies that recruit interns and graduates based on our recommendations. On completion of the course, your new skills and laboratory techniques will be endorsed by our lecturers on LinkedIn and a reference can be provided upon request

Course Details

The cost of this course is £600

You can reserve your place on this course with a deposit of just £150.00 if you are booking more than 28 days in advance. The remaining balance is due four weeks prior to the course start date

You can also choose to pay for this course in 6 instalments if you are booking more than 26 weeks in advance, or 12 instalments if you are booking more than 54 weeks in advance


Science Park, Liverpool, L3 5TF

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This course lasts for 2 days

9:30am - 4pm

There are up to four payment options available:
  • Pay in full at the time of booking
  • Pay in 2 - 25% deposit with the remainder due 28 days before the course commences (only available if booking more than 28 days in advance)
  • Pay in 6 - 6 equal, monthly payments (only available if booking more than 26 weeks in advance)
  • Pay in 12 - 12 equal, monthly payments (only available if booking more than 54 weeks in advance)
Available Course Dates
Current Academic Year 01/09/2023 to 01/09/2024
18th May - 19th May 2024
Location: Science Park, Liverpool
Only 3 places left on this course

Sorry, we don't have any of these courses planned at the moment in the next academic year.