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This course provides highly sought masters level knowledge and practical skills in biotechnology. The course combines fundamental principles of fermentation technologies with molecular approaches for making biotechnological products. Students may choose options in pharmaceutical, industrial, medical or molecular biotechnology.

In Semester 1, key biotechnology techniques are developed through an introductory course covering molecular biology, separation techniques, assays and microbial growth.  Students also take lecture classes in microbial physiology and protein structure and function, subjects that underpin modern biotechnology.

In semester 2, students follow advanced classes in fermentation technology, molecular biotechnology and an in-depth study of applications in biotechnology, including commercialization and entrepreneurship.

Students also choose from options in:

  • Molecular biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical biotechnology
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Medical Biotechnology

In addition, in semester 1, an important range of generic skills is covered, including academic writing, statistics, project management, and ethics for the biosciences. 

Further details of the course

Teaching and Assessment
The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials, workshops and hands-on practical sessions. Assessment of taught classes is through written assignments and practical reports.

Students who successful complete 120 credits of taught classes may take a 60 credit laboratory project for the MSc. This is assessed through a written thesis.

Career Prospects
Graduates from this course should be ideally qualified to obtain positions in the biotechnology industry. Some students may wish to continue studies for MPhil or PhD.

Course duration
MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time.

Tuition Fees
Standard Faculty of Science tuition fees apply.

Entry requirements
First- or second-class Honours degree in a biological or chemical discipline.

English Language Requirements:

English language minimum IELTS 6.5 (with no component below 5.5) or TOEFL IBT 92 (with Listening 17, Reading 18, Writing 17, Speaking 20) or equivalent.

We offer comprehensive English Language courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.5. Please see ELTD ( for full details. 


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