In Brief:

  • This MSc will give you the opportunity to engage with key employers and equip you with the skills and knowledge to be attractive to prospective employers in the future.
  • Biotechnology is a priority growth area in the UK (particularly the North West) as well as a globally important industry
  • Through this MSc you will acquire the skills needed to address the global challenges of population growth, increased life expectancy, antibiotic resistance, sustainable agriculture and the demand for food and fuel.
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This programme reflects this by directly teaching core Molecular Biology and Proteomics (MBP) and a Genomics module, which further incorporates training in computational science, which is a current high demand skill for graduates.

The modules Medical Biotechnology, Novel Therapeutics and Green Biotechnology detail how genetic modification and genome editing contribute to both medical and commercial research while providing students with training in the key practical techniques required to work in these areas. The genome editing technology known as CRISPR (for clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeat) has emerged as a disruptor in the life sciences realm. It has even been called the “discovery of the century” and CRISPR provides the real possibility of adjusting the genome to achieve desired goals: elimination of genetic diseases, eradication of pathogens, precision engineering of crops, thus focusing on this technology in two specialist modules ensures that the programme is at the forefront of research.

Course Details

Semester 1

  • Postgraduate Scholarship Skills
  • Molecular Biology and Proteomics
  • Genomics
  • Novel Therapeutics

Semester 2

  • Green Biotechnology
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Research Design and Delivery
  • Professional Practice

Semester 3

  • Research Project

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honors degree (2:2) or equivalent in bioscience, biochemistry, pharmacy medicine or related subject.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable for

This course is for the UK and international graduates who wish to gain knowledge in the emerging fields of biotechnology and acquire the skills necessary for entering employment in the growing biotechnology industries such as food production, biomedicine, and pharmaceuticals.

Applicant Profile

This course is ideal for those who are interested in Biology, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry and are motivated by experimental science.

Fees 2018-19

  • Full-time: £7,560
  • Part-time: £1,260 per 30 credit module
  • Full-time International: £13,860

Additional Costs

  • Field courses - a non-refundable deposit of £25 is charged for all residential field courses
  • Field trips - students will not be charged for field (day) trips but are expected to provide their own refreshments.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


You will be supervised by expert staff who are actively engaged in international research programmes. Teaching is by:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorial
  • Practical sessions
  • Guided reading
  • Guest lectures
  • Research projects


Assessment is by a combination of written examinations, oral presentations, coursework, laboratory reports and submission of the dissertation.There are eight taught 15 credit modules each of which has only one assessment (100%). Each exam is 2 hours.

Career Prospects

This course is particularly suited to those who wish to pursue a career in the biotechnological or pharmaceutical industries, which are priority areas in both the UK and abroad. However, this course will also equip you to pursue careers in hospital laboratories and research institutes or to continue to a Ph.D. programme.

Links with Industry

Certain modules include industrial site visits and research projects may be carried out at other institutions (recently Universities in Bremen or France and the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute). We also invite visiting lecturers to share their expertise in the subject areas.

Further Study

After completion of this course, you may wish to specialize in a chosen subject area in one of the School’s two main research centers: Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EER) or Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

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