Genetics and Genomics

Starts May 2018

Complementary Module

This module is designed to give those with little understanding of genetics a practical knowledge of the principles and technologies that underpin crop breeding programmes. The programme will focus on the challenges facing land based production in the 21st century and the role of emerging technologies to meet these challenges sustainably. It will consist of a series of lectures initially detailing the broad objectives and methodologies involved in breeding programmes. The module will give students an understanding of the methodologies applied in molecular and population genetics and in related disciplines (e.g. proteomics, metabolomics, etc.), allowing them to conceptualise and apply them to further feedstock production.

Learning units include:

  • Domestication of agricultural species –looks at domestication of dominant agricultural plant and animal species, and explores the term ‘natural’ from a geneticist’s standpoint.
  • Basic concepts of genetics – an introduction to the fundamental genetic principles underpinning traditional and modern breeding.
  • Modern breeding methodologies –common strategies used for breeding plant species.
  • Trait evaluation and reporting – a look at measuring and recording the physiological and biochemical traits and reporting genetic potential with reference to estimated breeding values and recommended listing.
  • Marker assisted selection and next generation sequencing – sequencing technology has already revolutionised breeding programmes. Its use in marker assisted selection will be explored
  • Genetic technology – genetic modification will be explained and their current application evaluated
  • Genetics and Society – the application of any genetic technology must first be accepted by the wider population. This unit will examine current public feeling surrounding the topic and explore how this could change.
  • Future prospects – the use of genetic technology is currently limited but the potential applications are wide, this unit will take a hypothetical look to the future to see how this technology may be utilised.

Contributing Researchers: Prof Chris Pollock, Dr Basil Wolf, Dr Dylan Phillips, Dr Paul Robson, Dr Matt Hegarty.


UK and EU students from £750

International Students from £800 (non commercial) and from £1,363 (commercial)