Applied Biotechnology MSc
University of Westminster
London, United Kingdom
GBP 17,000 / per year **
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Our Applied Biotechnology MSc includes a wide range of modern molecular biology techniques and explores how biotechnology can be used by today's society. It is an established course in biotechnology which has been extensively updated. You'll complement your theoretical studies with hands-on experience of fully controlled fermenters that are up to pilot-plant scale, and are linked to modern monitoring and control systems.
You'll study a range of subjects in considerable depth, including bioactive compounds, industrial bioprocesses, microbial physiology and fermentation technology, microbial production of novel metabolites, monitoring and control of fermentation, topics in biotechnology, and types of bioreactors.
Top reasons to study with us
- Our course offers a unique combination of molecular biological and bioprocess engineering principles
- You'll be taught by internationally-leading researchers who are passionate about teaching
- You'll learn in modern facilities, including a mini industrial-scale fermentation suite
- The course is regularly updated to include the latest trends (eg synthetic biology)
- In previous years, students on the course have benefitted from industrial visits and talks from industry guest speakers
Why study this course?
- Learn in modern facilities
Our facilities include a mini industrial-scale fermentation suite equipped with fully instrumented and controlled bioreactors, a tissue culture laboratory and an analytical instrumentation suite.
- Supportive study environment
We teach in small student-centred sessions and our teaching staff operate an open-door policy, meaning that you can seek help without an appointment.
- Fantastic central London location
You'll be based at our Cavendish Campus in the heart of multicultural central London, with easy access to London's huge range of scientific, library and cultural resources.
The Applied Biotechnology MSc has been designed to give you the knowledge, skills and practical experience to make important contributions to the biosciences sector. Graduates from the course normally find employment in the biotechnology industry, and in our 2020 cohort, two students secured jobs at the Swiss multinational chemicals and biotechnology company, Lonza, before graduation.
- Enhance your research skills
Our course enables you to understand research at the postgraduate level and apply your knowledge to research and problem-solving in applied biotechnology.
- Tailor the course to your interests
With a wide variety of optional modules and a choice of project areas covering all areas of biotechnology, you can adapt the course to fit your chosen career and/or research interests.
- Employers around the world
The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.
We have links with Sekisui Diagnostics, an international company that manufactures enzymes for diagnostic purposes. In previous years, students on the course have had the opportunity to visit their facilities and experience first-hand how an industrial-scale bioprocess operates.
In the past, students on the course have benefitted from talks and seminars by external guest speakers. Previously, Lonza sent their representative Leila Alukaidey to give talks about protein purification development.
This course will prepare you for a variety of roles, including:
- Downstream purification scientist
- Fermentation scientist
- Field application specialist
- Research scientist
- Upstream processing scientist
Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:
- Oxford Biomedica
- Sekisui Diagnostics
Westminster Employability Award
Employers value graduates who have invested in their personal and professional development – and our Westminster Employability Award gives you the chance to formally document and demonstrate these activities and achievements.
The award is flexible and can be completed in your own time, comprising a set of core and optional extracurricular activities.
Activities might include gaining experience through a part-time job or placement, signing up to a University-run scheme – such as mentoring or teaching in a school – or completing online exercises.
To be awarded the MSc in Applied Biotechnology, you'll need to study modules for 180 credits. If you choose to take the Postgraduate Project, you'll study six core modules and two option modules. The Postgraduate Project may be exchanged with the Extended Postgraduate Project (subject to prior agreement with the Course Leader and the proposed subject supervisor). In this case, you'll take six core modules and only one option module.
The following modules are indicative of what you'll study on this course.
- Advanced Molecular Biology
- Fermentation Technology
- Industrial And Environmental Biotechnology
- Postgraduate Research Methods
- Postgraduate Project OR Extended Postgraduate Project
- Science, Technology And Commercialisation
- Communicating Science
- Introduction to Pharmacology and Drug Development
- Molecular And Cellular Therapeutics
- Regenerative Medicine
- Systems Biology
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Scholarships and Funding
The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.
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