Teaching and training

Working in the molecular labs


The lab team has a comprehensive variety of expertise and we are happy to train people in any of our areas of expertise.

We offer assistance and advice to all staff as well as external enquiries.

To register your interest for any of our courses or training please get in touch.


For commercial interests please contact the consulting team.

Current training

We are happy to tailor teaching and training to your needs. 

We currently run training for:

  • undergraduate and post graduate courses
  • individual students and researchers (staff and visitors)
  • teachers and school children.

Examples of our training include:

  • Imperial College Molecular Systematics MSc practicals
  • A level days for schools - demonstrations of DNA extraction and analysis.
  • School visits to assist with curriculum practical work - on or off-site
  • One-to-one training of general techniques and theory to staff and visitors
  • In-depth tutoring related to specific specimens on request
  • Personal service from the NHM Sequencing Facility for internal and external clients
  • Co-supervision of students, under-graduates, MSc, MRes, and PhD students 

We also offer guided tours as part of the Museum's Science Uncovered events, every September. For details of this and similar events, please see our visit us page

Courses and students

Browse our short courses, PhD opportunities and Masters courses.

Schools activities

Choose from our full range of activites for school groups.

Teaching resources

Feel free to download and use our training documents. If you do, please reference the following in any publication or presentation where it has been used: the named author, Molecular Laboratories, Natural History Museum, London.

Or see our nucleic acid and bacterial cloning protocols pages for methods commonly used in the molecular laboratories, from making up solutions to DNA sequencing.

These resources do not include health and safety information. Contact your local health and safety representative.


Training opportunities

We run the following training:

  • Working in science-careers advice for students 
  • Basic lab introduction
  • Using basic lab equipment (including micropipettes)
  • Cleaning, decontamination and sterilisation for molecular work
  • Risk assessments and COSHH
  • Specimen collection and for molecular analysis
  • Sample and specimen storage
  • Reading and managing a molecular protocol
  • Handling specimens and samples
  • Practical chemistry for molecular biologists
  • Introduction to DNA
  • DNA extraction (general or sample specific)
  • RNA extraction
  • DNA analysis
  • DNA clean-up
  • PCR set-up and optimisation
  • Sanger sequencing
  • Next-generation Sequencing and DNA preparation
  • Sequence data analysis
  • Basic cloning
  • Basic plasmid preparation