Mastering laboratory skills

An opportunity to train in essential molecular and cellular biology laboratory techniques in world class facilities. 

Course details


Duration
Two weeks (in class)

Date
Part 1 - Online module - Available from 1st August 2017
Part 2 - Laboratory Practical 4th - 15 September 2017

Fees
IC Staff & Students (inc Imperial NHS staff): £1500
Others: £2000
Early bird offer:  
£250 discount on fees if paid in full by 11 April 2017.

Location
Imperial College London
Department of Medicine 
Hammersmith Hospital Campus
Du Cane Road
London W12 0NN

Open to undergraduates, postgraduates and recent graduates (18+), Health care professionals

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This programme offers a two-week intensive opportunity to train and learn essential molecular and cellular biological laboratory techniques in world class facilities within the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London.

The programme consists of two parts – the pre-course online preparation and the 2-week intensive laboratory sessions. The pre-course online preparation will cover the theoretical aspect of each technique, simple methods for essential calculation i.e. solution preparation protocols. In addition, important health and safety aspect of working in a laboratory will be covered.

During the two weeks of intensive laboratory work, the programme offers delegates the opportunity to execute these essential and current molecular and cellular biology techniques. In addition, data analysis sessions will allow participants to critically examine their results and discuss troubleshooting aspects of the work.


Course outline

The programme is a two-week intensive opportunity to train in essential molecular and cellular biology laboratory techniques commonly used in biomedical research.

The programme consists of two parts:

  1. Online e-learning component – this will cover the theoretical aspect of each technique, worked examples of necessary calculations and solution preparation protocols as well as key aspects of working in a healthy and safe laboratory environment.
  2. Two weeks of intensive laboratory work. This component offers participants the opportunity to execute these essential and current molecular and cellular biology techniques in the department of medicine prestigious laboratories. In addition, data analysis sessions will allow participants to critically examine their results and discuss troubleshooting aspects of the work.

*Candidates must have completed part 1 in order to participate in Part 2 - the practical course.


Learning outcomes

  • Perform basic calculation necessary for sample and solution preparation
  • Implement a safe approach to laboratory practice
  • Define the theoretical principles underlying selected molecular and cellular techniques
  • List the methodological principles and pitfalls of selected molecular and cellular techniques
  • Implement good laboratory practice
  • Prepare nucleic acids, protein and cell samples to the appropriate standards for subsequent analysis
  • Analyse nucleic acids by PCR and quantitative PCR
  • Perform protein analysis by Western blot and ELISA
  • Acquire cellular information by Flow Cytometry
  • Present scientific data in clear and interpretable figures
  • Critically evaluate and interpret quantitative experimental data of variable quality
  • Identify areas of technical improvement

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Additional information

Who is this course for?

This programme is open to:

  • students who are on or have recently completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree 
  • medical staff wishing to undertake scientific research
  • those wishing to gain a better understanding of scientific research

The aim of this programme is:

  • to provide individuals wishing to pursuit a career in biomedical research with the essential knowledge and training in the basic laboratory based techniques.
  • to provide the theoretical background and practical laboratory based experience of commonly used molecular biological techniques.

Assessment

Assessment for this course is optional. To gain credit you will be assessed in the following elements:

  • On-line assessment of Part 1 (20%) 1 hour
  • Oral assessment during Part 2 (15%)
  • Assessment of laboratory book during Part 2 (25%)
  • On-line data analysis and interpretation after Part 2 (40%)

Students who pass the course (achieve an aggregate mark of 40% or more) will be awarded 7.5 ECTS and will receive a College transcript.

Those choosing not to gain credit will be issued with a certificate of attendance on completion of the course.

Visa information

Mastering Laboratory Skills welcomes applications from students from all over the world. There are no restrictions on nationality. If you are not a UK or EU national, you may need a visa to attend. For more detail, check our visa information page.  

European and UK nationals
If you're a national of a country inside the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you don't need to apply for a visa to study in the UK.

Short-term Study Visa
If you're a national of a country outside the European Economic Area, and you're coming to the UK specifically to attend our programme, you should apply for a Short-term Study Visa. This visa allows students to come to the UK for a period of up to six months in order to undertake a short course of study. Depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for this visa before you arrive in the UK or you may be able to have your passport stamped on arrival using supporting documentation.

For further advice and how to apply, please visit our International Student Support website.

Tier 4 Visa holders
If you're already studying in the UK and are on a Tier 4 visa, you shouldn't need to apply for a Short-term Study Visa to attend our summer programme. However, you will need to provide a copy of your Tier 4 visa and a confirmation from your current educational institution. We will let you know when we need this information from you.

If you're attending our summer programme before going onto a full time study in the UK for longer than six months you will need to apply for a Short-term Study Visa for our programme. You will then need to return home to apply for a Tier 4 Visa which will link to the institution where you will be studying your full time programme.

Tier 2 and 5 Visa holders
You're able to study on our summer programme if your Tier 2 or Tier 5 Visa is valid for the duration of the programme. You will need to provide a copy of your visa and a letter of consent from your employer before you enrol. We will let you know when we need this information from you.

General Visitor Visas and Business Visas
Holders of General Visitor Visa and Business Visas do not have permission to study in the UK. We are therefore unable to accept them on our summer programme.

Further information
If you need further infortmation about visas, please take a look at our International Student Support website.

Eligibility

Academic eligibility
The Mastering Laboratory Skills short course is suitable for students who are on, or have recently completed, an undergraduate or postgraduate science degree, as well as medical professionals looking to take on medical research. Part one of the course will assess your knowledge and you will be required to complete part one before you undertake the practical lab work.

This programme is only suitable for students who are 18 years or older and enrolled on or have completed an undergraduate programme. We are unable to accept students who are below the age of 18 or have not yet started their undergraduate education. If you are aged 15 to 17, you may be interested in the Imperial College London Global Summer School.

English Language eligibility
You meet our English language eligibility if you:

  • are undertaking an undergraduate or postgraduate degree taught in English
  • have completed an English language qualification at school or at university (you will need to provide proof of this in your programme application)
  • have an IELTS or TOEFL qualification. For IELTs, we would usually ask for a score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in all elements. For TOEFL, we would usually expect that you have achieved 92 overall with a minimum of 20 in all elements. You will need to provide proof of your qualification in your programme application.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the course fee, however Imperial College summer accommodation is available to short course students throughout September. For more information, please see the Summer accommodation webpage.

How to apply

  1. Go to the Apply Online Now button
  2. Create an Apply.Imperial account
  3. On the course list type choose Summer Schools
  4. At the bottom of the page under Applications choose Mastering Lab Skill / MLSSC / 1/SK/FT/OP
  5. Please upload a short (1-page maximum) personal statement explaining why you wish to study this course
  6. Please also ensure you upload a CV

We do not require transcripts. Once we have reviewed your application you will be contacted to confirm your place on the course with details of how to pay. 

Cancellations:

Cancellations must be received in writing one calendar month before the course start date and will be subject to an administration charge of £100 administration fee. Cancellations received within a month of the course start date cannot be accepted and the attendee will be liable for the full course fee.

Fees - How to pay

Fees

  • IC Staff & Students (inc Imperial HNS staff)   £1500
  • Others   £2000
  • (Please note that the tuition fees do not include living expenses, accommodation)

Early bird offer: £250 discount on fee if paid in full by 11 April 2017.

How to pay

Details of how to pay will be sent to you on offer of a place on the course.

Cancellations:

Cancellations must be received in writing one calendar month before the course start date and will be subject to an administration charge of £100 administration fee. Cancellations received within a month of the course start date cannot be accepted and the attendee will be liable for the full course fee.