Continued Professional Development



Mosquito thumbnailIntroductory course to the different life stages of British and invasive mosquitoes (culicidae)
Three day course

A three day introduction to mosquito identification focusing on species native to the British Isles and a selection of tropical species that are known vectors of disease. Basic taxonomic skills will be required for this course, but no experience of mosquitoes is necessary.



Introduction to Gene Cloning Workshop
Three day course – Book Now
This three day workshop provides a practical introduction to the techniques of gene cloning and manipulation, essential techniques in molecular biology. With a strong practical element, we will look first at the polymerase chain reaction and how it was developed.



Introduction to Applied Histology for Human Tissue Samples
Two day course

In this two day course we will introduce interested biologists, biochemists, geneticists and MDs to (immuno-) histological staining techniques of healthy and diseased tissue and primary cultured cells.


FSC Courses taught by Biology Department Lecturers


Limestone Flora
Four day Course

Run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University. The emphasis during the day will be on identification in the field. Evenings will mainly be spent in the classroom to practise using keys, use microscopes to help confirm the identification of a few more difficult species, and understand why limestone supports such a specialist flora.


Grass Identification

Four day course

With their inconspicuous flowers, grasses possess an aura of difficulty and are often avoided. This course will remove the mystique from their identification through a combination of careful examination of characters and practise in a variety of habitats. The course is particularly suitable for beginners and intermediates.


Phase 1 Habitat Surveys

Five day course

This course aims to provide the basic skills to undertake Phase 1 surveys and then to develop this knowledge with experience across a variety of habitats, allowing the wider applications and potential difficulties of the process to be explored. No prior knowledge is assumed although those with some experience wishing to extend their experience are very welcome.


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