Changing demographics and growing demand for food, fuel and agricultural and environmental sustainability are among the key challenges the world faces today.
In this MSc, you will learn research and development skills to enable the creation of new products and services. You will investigate the economic basis for current biotechnology structures and areas of future demand, including the global pharmaceutical industry and carbon sequestration.
You will learn how technology can be applied to solve pressing real-world biological problems and gain the skills and expertise needed for future developments in biotechnology.
This programme consists of two semesters of taught courses followed by a research project or industrial placement, leading to a dissertation.
All students must take the following:
- Economics and Innovation in the Biotechnology Industry
- Intelligent Agriculture
- Research Project Proposal
- MSc Dissertation (Biotechnology).
Compulsory Courses - Options
In addition to the above compulsory courses, all students will need to choose 10 additional credits from this list of compulsory courses:
- Principles of Industrial Biotechnology
- Metagenomic Analysis of Microbial Communities
Students may choose 80 further credits from the following list: (each semester students should take 60 credits)
- Applications of Synthetic Biology
- Biochemistry A & B
- Bioinformatics Programming & System Management
- Drug Discovery
- Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery
- Enzymology and Biological Production
- Gene Expression and Microbial Regulation
- Industry & Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology
- Introduction to Bioinformatics for the Life Sciences
- Molecular Modelling and Database Mining
- Origins of Synthetic Biology
- Practical Skills in Biochemistry A & B
- Programming for the Life Sciences
- Social Dimensions of Systems and Synthetic Biology
- Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
- Tools for Synthetic Biology
- Vaccines and Molecular Therapies
Research and laboratory work
There will be a considerable practical element to the programme. You will work in a biotechnology laboratory and learn how experimental technology is designed and operated.
Your dissertation can be based on a laboratory-based project or an industrial placement. You can work with employers in the thriving Scottish biotechnology sector in areas such as multiple sclerosis research (Aquila BioMedical), vaccines research (BigDNA) or biorecovery and bioregeneration (Recyclatec).
The programme will open up a wide variety of career opportunities, ranging from sales and marketing to research and development, to manufacturing and quality control and assurance.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with a strong background in biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, plant sciences or related sciences.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
- Entry requirements by country
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
- UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component
TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section
PTE(A): total 61 with at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills scores
CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper
Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*
(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)
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