MSc Biotechnology

University of Leeds, Faculty of Biological Sciences

Program Description

MSc Biotechnology

University of Leeds, Faculty of Biological Sciences

Biotechnology is a fast-moving sector that requires highly trained individuals who are able to work innovatively across disciplines of biological sciences, engineering and chemistry. Our MSc Biotechnology is interdisciplinary and utilises modules from the Faculty of Engineering and the Centre for Molecular Nanoscience. The programme integrates biological sciences with biochemical engineering to provide training for the modern biotechnology industry. In particular, it focuses on the applications of biotechnology in medicine and agriculture. The course begins with the technology underpinning the manufacture of pharmaceutical proteins, the structure of the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector and the way drugs interact with the body. Combined with this is a module on molecular Diagnostics, Drug Delivery and Therapies covering; biosensor design, molecular diagnostic approaches and next-generation pharmaceuticals and therapies.

Students then move on to study either one or two areas from the following three topic areas:

  • Tissue engineering with a focus on the 'functional' engineering of connective tissues,cardiac valves and epithelia
  • Human toxicology with the opportunity to study either environmental toxicology, or toxicological methods, including the use of computers to predict chemical biotransformation and toxicity
  • Plant biotechnology including topics such as engineering of plants for the production of novel products, and development of stress tolerant crop varieties

This programme is suitable for students wishing to enter employment in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, as well as those wishing to progress to a higher research degree (PhD).

Course Structure

The MSc Biotechnology specialism consists of core research training modules designed to equip students with the expertise necessary to work at the cutting-edge of a modern biotechnology sector, including research planning exercises, methodologies underpinning contemporary biotechnology, and an extended practical project providing hands on practical experience in recombinant DNA techniques. Added to this is an independent research project in an area of biotechnology through which students receive substantial subject-specific training. Specialist biotechnology taught modules make up the remaining part of the programme.

The programme is full-time and lasts 12 months, with teaching activities broken down into three parts:

  • September-December (taught modules including a protein engineering laboratory project)
  • January-March (taught modules and research project proposal)
  • April-September (independent laboratory-based research project)

Excellent career prospects

The strong research element combined with the specialist and generic skills training of the postgraduate Bioscience degrees equips our graduates for a wide range of careers and is internationally recognised.

A substantial proportion of our graduates undertake PhDs either at Leeds or elsewhere, whilst others enter employment in diverse posts ranging from bioscience-related research through to scientific publication, teacher training, health and safety and pharmaceutical market research. Examples of posts held by recent MSc Bioscience graduates include:

  • PhD positions in the UK, USA and overseas e.g. at the Max Planck Institute, Germany
  • Research post at Harvard School of Public Health, Botswana
  • Trainee Cytogeneticist, UK
  • Commissioning Editor/Scientific Publishing, UK
  • Research Fellow, National Centre for Biological Sciences, India
  • Clinical Researcher, Kent and Medway Cancer Network and NHS Trust, UK
  • Research Technician, University of Warwickshire/University of Oxford, UK
  • Graduate Medical Degree, UK
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, UK
  • Trainee Embryologist, UK
  • Research Assistant, Qatar National Research Fund, Qatar
  • Sypol, Health and Safety Services, UK
  • Research Executive, Adelphi International Research, UK
  • Biopharmaceutical Experimental Officer, Covance, UK

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, but relevant experience may be taken into account . Chemistry to at least A level standard or equivalent is also required. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language requirements.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
12 months
Full time
United Kingdom - Leeds, England
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Price UK / EU £8,000, International students £16,800