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Molecular Biology – 5 Day – Laboratory Training Course

Practical tuition in ELISA, Western Blotting, DNA/RNA extraction and PCR

Almost all bioscience researchers will carry out protein analysis at some point in their careers. This course is designed and delivered by leading research scientists from the pharmaceutical industry to give early career scientists and science students the opportunity to learn the most up-to-date molecular techniques on industrial grade equipment. Students will learn how to design and perform their own experiments and then evaluate the results.

The Molecular Biology course from 9.30am-4.00pm for 5 consecutive days and is carried out with high levels of staffing to encourage questions, interaction and discussion. Students are advised to take the opportunity to improve their networks through speaking with other students and tutors present on the day of the course.

Protein Analysis:

Students develop two essential skills for protein identification, designing and performing their own ELISA’s and Western Blots. Students will have the opportunity to repeat the ELISA technique 2-3 times for optimisation and will each perform their own Western Blot from start to finish.

BioGrad Molecular Biology

Genomics and Bioinformatics:

Students receive an introduction to primer design tools and learn how to utilize them for species identification from a gene sequence. Students then progress to extract and purify nucleic acids using modern laboratory methods, use extracted DNA in a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and analyse the results by agarose gel electrophoresis. This process is then repeated for RNA analysis.

BioGrad Molecular Biology

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

BioGrad Clinical Skills Duke of Edinburgh Gold

BioGrad is an Approved Activity Provide for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This course may be used as your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential Award, which can be signed off by the course leader on the final day.

Please provide your Duke of Edinburgh Award number on your registration form at the time of booking your course.

Students using this course for their GOLD residential must stay for at least 4 nights in dormitory accommodation.


Students will be provided with certificates of attendance at the end of this event.

Attending a laboratory skills programme at BioGrad will allow students to meet with real scientists and learn techniques that will ultimately help them get a job. Students will gain valuable insights into the range of careers and laboratory research opportunities available. We have links with many companies who recruit interns and graduates based on our recommendations. We aim to inspire students to enter a research career and offer help finding opportunities that most students are unaware of. Our laboratory and office environments are very informal offering a relaxed and enjoyable environment for students to learn in.


We will happily take photographs of students working in the laboratory which often serve as excellent profile pictures for work related social networking (such as LinkedIn).

Students are asked not to take photographs of other attendees or staff without consent. Students under the age of 18 years old must provide the completed photo/video consent form on the first day of the course (sent to all students in their course registration confirmation) if they wish to have photographs taken for use on professional or social media.

Clothing and Equipment

Students are advised to wear comfortable clothes and shoes (ensuring legs and feet are covered when in the laboratory). We advise layered clothing as it can become warm when wearing a lab coat and gloves all day.

All personal protective equipment is provided during the course however students should bring a note book for recording their results and a laptop/tablet for preparing their presentation on the final day.


To get the most from this course without previous laboratory experience should attend either the 1 day or 5 day laboratory skills course first. It is assumed that students attending the Molecular Biology course understand risk assessments and COSHH. Students should be able to calculate and create their own molar stock solutions, perform a pH test and serial dilutions in a 96 well plate. It is also required that students have an understanding of the basic theory behind PCR, Western Blotting and ELISA.


Universities, distance learning providers and DofE centres can book a bespoke course for groups of 8-10 students per week. Full board options are available including evening activities. Please contact info@biograd.co.uk for availability.

International groups may take advantage of our collaboration with Liverpool School of English, booking a 2 week course with English tuition, full board home stay, transfers and insurance. Please contact info@biograd.co.uk for availability.


Students have an hour for lunch each day. There are many places to purchase food and drink within walking distance of the Science Park, including the City of Liverpool College, Subway, Tesco’s, Costa, The EveryMan theatre and many small sandwich/coffee shops. Students wishing to bring their own food have access to a fridge and microwave during the course, plus a break room containing vending machines, a pool table and sky TV on-site.

Students who are attending as a residential course can make the most of their evenings by exploring the huge range of restaurants within walking distance of the Art House Hotel.


The BioGrad facilities and The Art House Hotel both have secure facilities for storing luggage on the days of arrival and departure. During the rest of the week students will be asked to store their belongings in locked cupboards opposite BioGrad Student Services (Outside of the laboratories and clinical training rooms) during the training sessions.

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Course Payment:

All payments are taken securely with PayPal. All major debit and credit cards are accepted so you don’t need a PayPal account.

There are 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)

There is no charge for early payment, which can be made via PayPal at any time.

Means tested bursaries available for students attending BioGrad Partner Schools. See our bursary page for further information

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Current Academic Year 2021/2022
Date: 25th April - 29th April 2022
Location: Science Park, Liverpool
Accommodation available?: Yes
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  • “My lab tutor was a skilful and talented teacher. He was able to simplify complex topics so all of the students could understand and then followed up to ensure we all fully grasped the techniques being taught. He made sure that any errors were rectified immediately so that we were always learning the correct techniques"
    Lucy - Introduction to Genetics
  • "I attended the course because I wanted to work in the pharmaceutical industry but didn't have enough lab based experience. After the course I had experience in some of the most up to date techniques, taught by researchers working in the pharmaceutical industry. During the lunch time I was able to chat with all of the tutors and seek their advice for securing the job I wanted. Through the experience and advice I received I managed to secure a graduate level job in a small pharmaceutical company. I cannot recommend this course enough!"
    Josep (Graduate researcher) - Practical skills in drug discovery
  • "I received excellent tuition from a patient teacher who had an incredible enthusiasm for laboratory research. Under her tutelage and supervision, I acquired many laboratory skills in the area of cell culture techniques and high throughput screening for pre-clinical drug discovery."
    Akang (Research Scientist) - Introduction to mammalian cell culture and Practical drug discovery
  • "This was the first time I had the chance to perform practical laboratory techniques which I had only seen in lectures before this point. The tutors let us try a number of different ways to quantify cells and gave us the time and guidance to perfect our own techniques."
    Mark - Introduction to mammalian cell culture
  • "I was taught by an experienced researcher who gave us the opportunity to work with many different cell types. I was able to see the differences between the morphology and growth rates of different cells for myself. I also had the opportunity to try a number of different techniques which gave me confidence to apply for PhD's requiring cell culture experience."
    Gail (PhD researcher) - Introduction to mammalian cell culture
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