MSc in Marine Biotechnology

University of Stirling

Program Description

MSc in Marine Biotechnology

University of Stirling

MSc in Marine Biotechnology

This skills-focussed MSc provides students with a thorough knowledge of the biodiversity in our oceans while receiving practical training in cutting-edge techniques and experimental approaches underpinning on-going developments in marine biotechnology.

Students learn about existing products developed by marine biotechnologists and gain insight into new and emerging global market opportunities. Seminars led by distinguished industrialists and commercial marine biotechnologists encourage the entrepreneurial spirit, provide inspiration and allow for appreciation of commercial realities.

In addition, students are equipped with key employability skills, including:

  • problem solving and critical thinking
  • information retrieval, evaluation and presentation
  • data interpretation and report writing
  • group working, organisation and leadership

Through an active approach to learning, students develop confidence to work independently and are encouraged to pursue their main interests.

Course objectives

This course provides students with:

  • An awareness of the diversity of marine organisms and the adaptations that enable them to prosper in their natural habitats.
  • A thorough knowledge of the fundamental science and methodologies underpinning on-going developments in marine biotechnology.
  • An understanding of the latest advances and global opportunities that exist in the burgeoning field of marine biotechnology.
  • Training in practical, investigative and research skills, as well as commercialisation and intellectual property protection.

Structure and content

The MSc is achieved through the satisfactory completion of 180 SCQF credits. There are two 30-credit taught Foundation modules in Semester 1 (September to December) and two 30-credit taught Advanced modules in Semester 2 (January to April). The remaining 60 credits are achieved by undertaking a Research Project (April to August) on an area of expertise within the School of Natural Sciences. Students completing just the taught modules qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma.

Delivery and assessment

The course is taught primarily by staff at the Institute of Aquaculture, with numerous seminars given by leading figures from industry. Student performance is evaluated by continuous assessment via various coursework tasks, including written and oral presentations.

Career opportunities

The course provides each student with knowledge and practical experience important for a career in marine biotechnology. The course content has been developed by experienced academic staff in partnership with industrialists from the marine biotechnology sector and is designed to meet the demands of employers in this rapidly expanding industry.


  • 2016/17 Overseas £17,350
  • 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100
  • 2015/16 Overseas £16,600
  • 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000

Academic requirements

Second class Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with appropriate/relevant work experience are encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 26, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2017
1 - 2 years
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Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Stirling, Scotland
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